Could Google market its own 7-inch tablet?

Although it’s expected to become the second-most-popular tablet after the iPad, the Kindle Fire isn’t exactly a poster child for Android tablets—Amazon has gutted the Google software and replaced much of it with internally developed Amazon fare. According to DigiTimes, Google plans to correct that slight by introducing a low-end Android tablet of its own.

We owe this bit of rumor-mongering to "sources from Google’s upstream supply chain," who reportedly expect a 7-inch Google tablet to debut in the March-April time frame with a $199 price tag. DigiTimes says Google’s Taiwanese arm shot down the rumor when asked, commenting that "the company has never heard about plan of launching own-brand tablet PC."

That denial goes a little too far, of course. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt announced in an interview with an Italian paper last month, "In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality." At the time, there was speculation that Schmidt was referring to a premium device much like Google’s own Nexus line of phones. In light of the DigiTimes story, though, who knows?

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    • TEAMSWITCHER
    • 8 years ago

    A better question is “Can anyone stop the Apple and it’s iOS juggernaut?”
    The answer is no.

      • 5150
      • 8 years ago

      Well, since your name is in CAPS, I’d say you’re going to win this battle.

        • codedivine
        • 8 years ago

        Yup, especially since you are not over 9000.

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 8 years ago

      Google’s already got more marketshare in smartphones and people were often saying what you’re saying there, too. I’d say it’s far too early in the tablet market’s short life to declare an outright winner. That said, currently tablets are dominated by iPad and I suspect that will continue to be true until Apple’s chief competitors stop trying to out-Apple Apple.

      Currently, most competitors think that if they make a device that is similar to an iPad, then they can charge what Apple charges for that product despite the fact that Apple has the superior ecosystem and app options plus often the superior display which is probably the most important visual aspect to a tablet.

    • squeeb
    • 8 years ago

    I like my Kindle Fire..its flashed with CM7 🙂 But I do find this idea of a google tablet intriguing…

    • tfp
    • 8 years ago

    You know what’s weird Google might sell it’s own Android cell phones as well, but they will probably have the Motorola logo on them. They could switch it up by rebranding them as “Google” and still used the Moto supply chain and HW engineering.

      • NeelyCam
      • 8 years ago

      Not so weird to me… It’ll still be a Motorola phone, designed by the good folks at Motorola, leveraging Motorola’s brand recognition in the market place.

      You know, what’s weird to me is that it seems all OS companies soon have their own hardware departments, making phones (that could potentially get some extra OS features and advantages that other OEMs don’t). Apple has had theirs a long time. Google just bought Motorola. Microsoft is about to take over Nokia.

      How are Samsung, HTC and others supposed to compete with that..?

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 8 years ago

        [quote<]How are Samsung, HTC and others supposed to compete with that..?[/quote<] Well I guess either make their own OS or make their own value added features to compete with whatever Google/MS decide to do with their own phones.

        • tfp
        • 8 years ago

        I’m sure that is part of the point.

        And I said “weird” because this article is pointless they will be selling tablets in gerenal (the Xoom 2?) in only a few months once the merge is completed. I’m sure they will sell a produce in most form factors, tablets and phones, unless they plan on closing down the Motorola division they just purchased.

        • poulpy
        • 8 years ago

        [quote<]How are Samsung, HTC and others supposed to compete with that..?[/quote<] Can't speak for the Microsoft world in the case of Nokia buy-out but as far as Google is concerned it's already working this way and Samsung and HTC do just fine. E.g. Google works with a single hardware vendor for their next Nexus phone, running the latest Android with all the bells and whistles, then upon release it makes the whole software stack available to all other manufacturers. Samsung and HTC will focus on making better hardware than the competition, as much as they do today, whoever gets to be partner #1 for Android release day. Given how much incentive Samsung and others can throw at Google or any decisive hardware advantage they may hold Google could even still pick them for the prime time instead of Motorola.

        • mutarasector
        • 8 years ago

        Well, Sammy does have Bada…

    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    What’s the point? Android sucks.

    Edit – To those thumbing me down, consider this: Do you think Steve Jobs would have approved the user experience if one of his engineers came to him with a tablet with Android in it? Even the latest version isn’t as polished as iPad’s OS. Heck, he would have called the engineer an idiot and thrown the device out the window! I’m not an Apple fan, but I admire what Apple has done and how much better the iPad experience is over any Android device.

      • moog
      • 8 years ago

      I agree. WinPhone and Win8 are faster and their touch interface is more responsive.

    • 5150
    • 8 years ago

    Yes.

      • poulpy
      • 8 years ago

      Short, simple and to the point. I like your attitude young man!

      Of course they can, and probably should.
      Their Nexus line of phones is pretty awesome, and pushing/promoting the latest revisions of their platform, so a Nexus line of tablets in the same vein would be great IMO.

    • bthylafh
    • 8 years ago

    Asking a leading question in a headline is a pet peeve of mine. Please don’t do that.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 8 years ago

      I like it only because it indicates that it’s all unsubstantiated rumor. All DigiTimes stories should be headlined like this.

        • tfp
        • 8 years ago

        To me the issue is the question can be answered with out even reading because it’s so open.

        I have a thought for a news items to post:

        “Can MSFT make it’s own 7″ tablet?” Yes, they have billions in the bank if they want to get into HW and make their own line of tablets they can afford too. They also have partner ships with major HW vendors like TI, FSL so they could make a simple design based on the reference platforms.

        Or they could have someone else make it and just relabel as MSFT tablet.

        Cyril can you please write up a rumor piece based on the topic. Please label the info as it from an “inside source who works in the embedded market space” and that the rumor is not confirmed.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]In light of the DigiTimes story, though, who knows?[/quote<] Certainly not DigiTimes...

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