Google Ready to Unveil Nexus Tablet

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Google apparently has plans to unveil its own Android-based tablet to target Apple’s iPad. The US$199 tablet will sport a 7-inch screen, will be made by Asus for Google, and will get its introduction during this week’s Google I/O conference.

News of the planned announcement comes from unnamed sources familiar with Google’s plans, according to Bloomberg.

Google may be introducing its own Android tablet this weekGoogle may be introducing its own Android tablet this week

Google’s move, while seemingly aimed at Apple’s iPad, will more likely take marketshare from the Internet search giant’s Android tablet partners. Many of the Android-based tablets available today include a 7-inch touch sensitive display along with a price point near the $200 mark.

While Google will most likely offer a price point below the iPad’s $499 entry point, it won’t be able to offer the tightly integrated hardware, OS and online store system like Apple. The Nexus tablet could, however, help drive up interest in Android-based tablets, and that’s good news for Google no matter which of its parter’s tablets customers go for.

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5 Comments Leave Your Own

stilep

I think that unless the hardware is a big improvement over current devices, this wont make a splash at all.  The price is great, but as the article mentiones, there are already multiple choices on the market in the same range.  People who want an ipad are going to save for an extra month and just get the ipad.  Or more likely push the credit card a bit further lol.

geoduck

I think that unless the hardware is a big improvement over current devices, this wont make a splash at all.

It will do one thing though. It will push the MS tablet unveiled last week off of the front page. Real hardware trumps prototype vapourware.

Websnap

That’s if Launch date and cost are even announced. Look at Google’s maping event. “We’re doing cool stuff? you’ll see it? later”. Microsoft isn’t he only company that anounces vapourware.

FlipFriddle

Maybe it’ll be a “beta” tablet. smile

John Dingler, artist

From a report by MacDailyNews, based on reader tips, Jobs is quoted to say that a 7” tablet is 45% smaller than the iPad and, at such a reduced size, MacDailyNews said, it would compete with the Fire, not with the iPad.

God, I love MacDailyNews’ perspicuous stridency. *S*

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