According to reports appearing in various websites, Google has postponed launch of its 7 inch tablet from May to July. The tablet was originally meant to appear in May, but the search giant has insisted that supplier Asustek trim the price from its current $250 to $199 and also make some design changes, to compete with Kindle Fire and also to some extent with Apple’s iPad.
The tablet is being made in partnership with Taiwan’s Asustek Computer, is touted to sport a 7″ inch screen and an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. It runs Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, and is Wi-Fi-only. As per unconfirmed reports,Google also plans to manufacture its own tablet once it gets approval for purchase of Motorola.
Though rumours concerning Google’s tablet, which may be named NEXUS are doing the rounds for quite sometime, but Eric Schmidt, Google chairman, is actually the one who started the firestorm when he was reported telling an Italian publication Corriere Della Sera in December 2011 that his company will market a competitive tablet within the next six months. And since then, speculations surrounding a Google-branded tablet are afloat and various websites and blogs are predicting its launch in May and of late in July. There is no official confirmation yet from Google.
Android chief Andy Rubin added fuel to the fire when he said during Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, that the company intends to come up with the consumer tablet this year. “Google wants consumers to see its tablets as part of the broader Android ecosystem. The educated consumer realises it now that they’re either picking the Apple ecosystem or the Microsoft ecosystem or the Google ecosystem… we’re going to do a better job at making people understand what ecosystem they’re buying into,” The Verge quoted Rubis as saying during MWC 2012.
From all the speculations and media reports, one thing is clear that Google tablet is round the corner and if Google can supply this tablet in India in price range of Rs.10,000 to 12,000 then this will change the game for tablet in Indian market and probably would be smash hit here. Let us see when and at what price we get Google tablet in India!