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After launching a number of smartphones based on its own Android operating system, Google wants to try its luck with tablets. In a bid to better compete against its arch-rival Apple, Google intends to release its Nexus Tab slate in the next six month.

"We plan to market a tablet of the highest quality in the next six months," said Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google, in an interview with  Corriere della Sera news-paper, reports Notebookitalia.it web-site.

Google reportedly plans to introduce its Nexus Tab tablet before summer 2012, which means that the device will be released later than the next-generation Apple iPad and will be barely able to offer something that is better than the iPad 3 across-the-board. Therefore, Google will likely to remain a competitor for Apple iPad, not the market leader.

After acquisition of Motorola Mobility earlier this year, Google officially stated that it will not only need patents of Motorola Mobility to fight with Apple in court, but also Motorola's products to offer a clear alternative to Apple's products. Therefore, Google badly needs not only competitive devices, but also needs to release them ahead of Apple in order to become a stronger competitor.

None of the peculiarities about the Google Nexus Tab are clear at this time. The only thing that is logical to expect would be Google's latest version of Android OS to be installed on the device.

 

Tags: Google, Motorola, Android, Nexus, Nexus Tab, Apple, iPad

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Google reportedly plans to introduce its Nexus Tab tablet before summer 2012, which means that the device will be released later than the next-generation Apple iPad and will be barely able to offer something that is better than the iPad 3 across-the-board.


How does offering the device after the iPad3 make it "barely able to offer something that is better than iPad3 across-the-board"?

Seriously? You just got the news that they plan to release a proposed tablet, you know nothing about the specs and yet here you are already making unsubstantiated claims.
1 0 [Posted by: cillerbee  | Date: 12/19/11 09:19:18 PM]
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Yeah, true but it highly doubtful that they'll offer anything interesting. It will be just another Tegra 3 tablet (most likely)
0 0 [Posted by: Zingam  | Date: 12/20/11 04:56:02 AM]
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Speculation. That's all it is at this stage. Let's take the news on face value. The discussion should be about why they are doing it. Does it relate to the patent battles? Is Google luring Apple into a patent nuclear war to protect other Android manufacturers and to show/pay the way forward for their Android tablet system? In January 2012 Google's purchase of Motorolla's mobile division will most likely be approved. It will then have its patent arsenal to negotiate and defend Android, with their big stash of cash behind them ready for any protracted fight.
0 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 12/20/11 10:28:18 PM]
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Things that a new tablet can have:
- high res screen;
- lighter/slimmer;
- build-in LED projector (some Nikon camera has it);
- 3D screen without glasses;
- drop-proof;

Further away in the future, I would like to have a touch screen that is not just a solid plain. It can be programmed to rise up certain pixels. For example, a raised soft-keyboard where you don't only see the keyboard on the screen. The keys are raised a bit from the screen. So you can feel it and press the pixel/key down for better typing feedback. Same can be used for all icons. So the soft-keys will feel more like hardware keys.

To go further, imagine shopping online with such a touch screen tablet. You can feel the texture and softness of an item right on the tablet.
0 0 [Posted by: gjcjan  | Date: 12/20/11 07:44:36 AM]
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But if it even looks vaguely like an ipad.................see you in court
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 12/22/11 02:00:56 AM]
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