Asus: Working With Google on the Nexus 7 Was "Like Torture"

By Gary Cutlack on at

Asus Chairman Jonney Shih has spoken out on how his company came to build the Nexus 7 for Google, and it doesn't sound like it was a great deal of fun.

Google gave Asus four months to come up with the finalised design and a working device, with the tech maker's chairman saying his staff members on the project weren't best pleased with Google's demands.

"Our engineers told me it is like torture,” Shih said of the process of working to Google's expectations, which involved increasing, then increasing again, the size of the team working on the Nexus 7 tablet, with Asus staff members based near Google's US HQ to make the process even easier. Or even harder, perhaps.

It would appear to have been worth the effort for the Asus team, though, as Google boss Andy Rubin's a very happy man with the end result, saying: "I don’t think there would have been any other partner that could move that fast." [AllThingsD]