Dec 19 AT 11:54 AM Anthony Domanico 117 Comments

Eric Schmidt reveals Google may be working on Nexus Tablet

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Speaking to an Italian newspaper, Google Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt revealed that Google is hard at work on “a tablet of the highest quality,” and that it may be bringing this device to market as early as June 2012. Mr. Schmidt made it clear that the gloves are off in the tablet fight against the iPad, and Google’s tablet offering would be targeted to take the tablet reigns from Apple’s market-dominating tablet.

It’s unclear whether Google will be manufacturing the device in-house, or whether they’ll partner with an OEM to manufacture the device similar to what they do with the Nexus line of smartphones. We’re leaning toward the latter, with Motorola being the most likely partner due to the pending Google-Motorola merger. We hope this isn’t the case, though, as Motorola hasn’t exactly been making the most sleek and sophisticated Android tablets out there (looking at you, Xyboard). Personally, I’d like to see Google partner with either ASUS or Samsung, whose Transformer Prime and Galaxy Tab devices have been personal favorites of mine.

We must point out that the Italian translation is a rough one, so take the translation for what it’s worth. Still, Google is ready to push tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich, and they think ICS can finally dethrone the iPad atop the tablet charts.

Regardless, we’re happy to see Google fully embrace tablets, as the idea of a Nexus tablet has been exciting us here at Android and Me since the initial idea was introduced over a year ago. We’ll bring you more information on a Nexus tablet as we learn more. Meanwhile, be sure to leave a comment below telling us what you’d want to see in a Nexus tablet.

Via: The Next Web

Source: Corriere

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  • redraider133

    I think if they can produce a tablet around the same price as the transformer and transformer prime it will be a big seller. No need to have a carrier, as anyone can see people do not want another contract they want a wifi tablet.

    • BiGMERF

      now will they market it, the way it needs to be?!

      • booyootoo

        I think they are doing a great job on the galaxy nexus, along with samsung.

        Here in the netherlands that us. Seeing advertisements everywhere.

        So im asuming the marketing on the next tablet will also follow this path.

        • JLix

          Great job with the Galaxy Nexus?? I am one of the people that had my phone by 9:30 last Thursday, however, I would not agree that they did a great job with the Galaxy Nexus. Not with the PR, advertising, and getting it to us.

          Now, I know others are going to say that was all Verizon’s fault, and I won’t say it wasn’t, but this is Googles flag ship. They have more power than you think they do if your stand is going to be it is all on Verizon. They don’t need to bow down to anyone, not even the Mighty Verizon. I think Apple proved that a few years ago. Yes, they still came around to getting their devices on Verzion, but they had it their way.

          I hope Google learned from this and will make it a point in the future to control more of what is released, when it will be released, etc. as in my opinion the Nexus delivery was pathetic. It lost them and Samsung some money where others might have held out a little longer if we were not in the dark.

          • LukeT32

            Agreed. Went to my local VZW and the Razor display was 3 times the size of the nexus on…. or lack there of.

          • beatrixasdfghjk.

            Well when I went to a Telstra store, first thing I see is a huge ad saying ‘GALAXY NEXUS, PURE GOOGLE’.
            No advertising for the Razr, but then again, I’m not sure if Telstra are carrying them…

      • redraider133

        I agree. Google seems to be on the right track with their galaxy nexus commercials. I mean show what the phone can do and how easy it is to do it. Not robots fighting and people aren’t sure if it is an ad for a new robot movie….

    • lancaster09

      Completely agree, but Google needs to add some “Pow” to it. Give it something besides the Nexus name to have over its friendly rivals. Everybody knows Nexus means software support but most also associate the name with new technology…

    • dafi81

      Competition is always good for the consumer and price will go down anyway!

  • twugd

    Google Tablet. This will surely give ipad the cometition it needs. Plus the developers get a vanilla device to build apps on. Everybody wins!!

    • TJungus

      Everybody only wins if they hit the right price point. I don’t understand why this is so hard,

      • stenzor

        Overhead costs

      • Futureboy

        Agreed. Asus hit the sweet spot (specs and price point) with the Prime. Plus they’re on top of their game with support/updates. It can be done.

    • pritams

      I think with Prime we already have a more than competent device to give ipad a fight for existence…with GTab/GPad the destruction would be completed…

    • zerosix

      Jf course it is competition to iPad. July 2012 – some time after the next iPad appears.
      I wish they could do that in a week or 2 after the iPad.
      But the fact, that they are not in a hurry, shows one very important thing: Google is not trying to catch up Apple, they are doing their best to deliver best user expirience.

    • http://theandroidappshow.com Lane Montgomery

      Not to mention that timeline looks like it will feature the next version of Android.

    • lxgeorge

      I know for sure that this would be the tablet for me!

  • TJungus

    The biggest thing I believe needs to happen here is the launch price point. Even if the specs are twice the iPad, the first thing the consumer notices is the price. I have heard from several people that the Galaxy Nexus lost appeal because it was $100 more than an iphone. I love Android, but they NEED to undercut Apple to move a massive amount of these tablets.

    • twugd

      A very interesting point of view. But I am not sure if a top notch tablet will come cheap. Maybe the same price as the yet to be launched ipad 5.

      • redraider133

        If it is the same price as the ipad it will be DOA no matter what the specs are. People know the IPAD because apple advertises it so much. Unless Google goes all out with advertising people will look at the two and say well this is an ipad and I know it is good because apple said so, and all the commercials I saw make it look so easy to use.

      • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

        iPad 5 hmm? They must be skipping 2, 3, and 4 then. ;)

        • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

          They already have a 2…

          • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

            My left nut for an edit button. Guarantee that twugd is thinkin’ the same thing. ;)

          • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

            You think twugd wants to trade your left nut for an edit button too?

            I’d trade your left nut for the ability to reply more than 3 layers deep so I don’t have to reply to my own post instead of yours.

    • Anne A

      Agreed. Unfortunately, many consumers are willing to sacrifice specs for price, either because they can’t afford not to, or because they don’t care/know. We already know that Google makes quality things, and aggressively pricing them will definitely get the “layman” consumer to pay attention!

    • stenzor

      They don’t need to undercut Apple, by that much. I think $50 cheaper would be enough. Remember, that low-price is perceived by consumers as a poor quality product. It will take some time for Google to reach the same perception of prestige that Apple has, but I think they are definitely on their way.

  • ramenchef

    I honestly don’t really see a need for a Nexus tablet. Manufacturers have kept tablets mostly vanilla. If/when manufacturers start heavily skinning, then yes, google should definitely step in with a device of their own.

    • faun

      I agree. Why step in and muddle with things when the market is already behaving nicely by itself?

      All they’ll do is annoy OEMs by picking favourites and skewing competition…

  • Thomas Biard

    Oh man! This is going to be fully spec’d out and optimized for ICS. This thing is going to be drool worthy for sure. Where is the pre-preorder link? I want it hands down

    • Thomas Biard

      This also goes with my thought from the previous article, even if Android gets “perfected” and reaches its prime (not the next phone), I would be so happy to see Google get into the hardware market and start doing their own dedicated Android systems

  • triangle

    A Nexus tablet would be very intriguing as I wonder what else google would bring to the table. I agree with you on the choice of manufacturers as Samsung and Asus seem to have an edge on Motorola. The transformer prime with ICS may as well just be the flagship tablet for google until they release a Nexus tablet.

  • dpleus

    I just read an opinion article about this exact same thing. And I’m glad to see that Google is doing that. It needs to under cut the price of the iPad, but also needs to be higher quality than the Kindle Fire, especially if they want to take the reigns from Apple.

  • Kyle P

    Can’t wait…definitely holding off on picking up a new tablet until there’s more news on this device. My Xoom better hold out until then!

  • Sil Claeys

    Please, bring it!

    Competition is always good for the consumer!

  • zyphbear

    I’m really glad Google has decided to do this, we can get our Vanilla ICS experience out of a really nice device.

    I know I’m looking for them to include NFC in the tablets so it’s easier to transfer information between the two (Galaxy Nexus) and the Tablet.

  • ranwanimator

    This is exactly what they need to do, but they also need to undercut the iPad in price. And then advertise it. Google can no longer afford to stay out of the direct advertising game. Not when Apple spent $933 Million on ads this past year.

    • Anne A

      $933 million in ads?! That’s crazy! Though, I can’t say it’s surprising at all. Maybe Apple should spend that money on what matters: actually improving/innovating their software and hardware… But, then again, I’m just biased and tired of seeing their countless commercials.

  • Aaron Kemp

    If google can make something between the Kindle Fire and the ASUS Transformer range, affordable and great specs they will have no problem selling them.

    Most people I have talked to about tablets say they arent that bothered by what OS its on but look more at price, functionality and specs. Personally I would only ever get an Android tab.

  • Shawn Flanagan

    This would be a great idea! If Google could personally design the entire tablet (both hardware & software) to their exact specifications, I am sure it would run a lot better than some of these half-hearted Android tablets we currently see on the Market. This might be the best way for them to create a true competitor to the iPad (not counting the Kindle Fire).

  • http://youtube.com/user/jawckamoe Marcus

    Woah. A tablet of the highest quality? I’d love to see Google and ASUS work together on this one. I wonder what the price will be…

  • myandroid99

    I hope it won’t be too expensive

  • Arturo Castro

    prices for tablets are starting to drop, so i think by then we should get a pretty powerful tablet for a decent price. =]

  • Thaghost

    1. Pls no samsung, I don’t want a plastic tablet.
    2. Don’t launch it with a carrier, especially not verizon.
    3. Make a $

    • Dharmabhum

      This is what I came to say: I’m not a fan of how plasticky Samsung phones feel these days and I won’t buy a tablet that is all reminiscent of that style. Also I don’t have as much faith in Sammy CPUs like Exynos compared to what others are doing like Tegra 3 and in particular how much battery life is expected to improve. But I’ll wait until I see Sammy’s innovations before I write it off completely.

      I’m behind a Nexus tablet though. The price point has to be right even for a lot of us die-hard Nexus fans though, especially when we start seeing how rapidly the mobile and tablet markets are reinventing themselves with the latest and greatest. I can’t yet commit to the Galaxy Nexus (buying outright) and I’m sure I’d have to think about a Nexus tablet too if current price points of high-end tablets are any indication.

      And screw cellular connectivity. Give me WiFi (only) or give me death!

  • Chuck Mullen

    I basically read every comment ABOVE MINE, and the most interesting thing is BRAND and PRICE. Honestly anything overly priced is a FAIL. For some the thought of paying up to 3000 in currency of the country or MORE for a TABLET when most people earn less than that in 3 months, is sick. The prices are the biggest TURN OFF, not graphics, specs, etc… PRICE, PRICE, PRICE.

    If Google can develop, market, and SELL a device that is AFFORDABLE they will be bought, if its bloated and limited in release WHO CARES? NEXT…

    • Eduardo Feliciano

      But if Google is going to take on the iPad then the price for it will be expensive. This Nexus tablet need’s to offer something more than just performance. Maybe they will finally add Chrome OS as an addition to ICS to differentiate itself from other Android Tablets. But will that be enough to sell. And I felt always the Tablet experience needed to be different from the phone experience. Just as Amazon as done with the Kindle Fire.

  • Donald Williams

    Hopefully it comes with another Nvidia chip so come next year AndMe can do another prize pack with this in it!

    A guy can wish cant he….

    This would be a great ad on to the other tablets. I agree Price point! Price point! Price point! If your make it we will come as long as you dont shot yourself in the foot with a BIG BILL.

    BTW thanks for the awesome contest andme. The tab should be here Tuesday! YOU ROCK..

  • booyootoo

    So will this be running jelly bean? Seeing the time frame it might just be in time for another android iteration.

    Really interested in this one.

  • Thaghost

    1. Pls no samsung, I don’t want a plastic tablet.
    2. Don’t launch it with a carrier, especially not verizon.
    3. Make a $400, $500 & 600 version.

    thank you

  • Bryan

    Typo: learning = leaning.

    OT: Hope it can best the iPad 3!

  • http://kestrelsaerie.us Ucla74

    Arghhh: tablet “reigns”??

    As long as there is a wifi-only version, I’ll be interested. Tie me to a data plan, and I say no, thanks.

  • Martjn2

    Nexus tablet, hell yeh! If the price is right it could totally beat ipad, since apple don’t really focus on the specs. With next years tecnology and ics this tablet could run even smother than ipad
    Nexus everything <3

  • txbluesman

    How sweet would that be. I would love to add to my Nexus device portfolio. What’s next, maybe a Nexus mp3/video player with google music/video. Bring it! I love Google and Nexus.

  • Adryan maldonado

    wow im really looking foward to that tablet. PLEASE PLEASE DONT RELEASE THRU VERIZON!!!!!! a tablet would a whole to finally announce a day before it drops. Jk. I know tablets arent carrier specific. Thanks alot androidandme.com now all i can is look forward to june

  • McLovin

    How about a Nexus with a physical keyboard first, ala T-Mobile G-1, G2?

  • ArticulateFool

    This is fantastic! I can’t wait to hear more info about it.

  • Kevin kevinamundson

    A nexus tablet with 10″-12″ retina display and quad core would be awesome!

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    First of all, please don’t tie to to a carrier. Release a Wifi version ASAP and don’t let the carrier slow down any updates.

    Secondly, please don’t make one Nexus tablet — invite multiple companies to make one wave of Nexus Tablets!

  • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

    Thank you for finally basically admitting that the Xoom was a complete failure.

  • cherrytree

    Maybe i have to wait till june for bying a new tablet! Would like to see 10″ superamoled with samsung exynos quad-core! WAITING FOR THIS!!

  • Kaote

    Not convinced that Google could produce a tablet themselves, but ASUS or Samsung would be acceptable. Please keep it away from any mobile providers. A true Google tablet would nice, not having to wait for OEM updates. After the NEXUS release fiasco, I think its important to get this right, if this is the way they choose to go.

    • Dharmabhum

      I really want to see them partner with ASUS and I think that’s the direction they’ll go. It would be one of the smartest moves they could make by bringing another solid hardware manufacturer into the Android circle. Plus ASUS has made one great tablet (and one forthcoming with the same expected standards) AND they’ve done the unthinkable and made carrier skins truly optional. I also don’t think they’d commit so much to Samsung (two most recent Nexus phones and the first Nexus tablet?) in such a short period but they may latch on if Sammy’s bending over to their demands.

      If Google makes the tablet themselves, bravo and I wish them the best. If they choose to partner, they won’t do any better than ASUS.

  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    I’d like to see at least a 7″ and 10″ version of the Nexus Tablet.

  • Andy Thomson

    Hopefully they produce a great device and have the commercial might to highlight the benefits of android tablets.

  • Ps3y3Ops

    I remember participating in a Google-sponsored survey that was based solely on the idea of a Nexus tablet. I’ll say now what I said then…Oh Google, don’t you dare tease me this way…

  • 4n1m4l

    I’d love to have an untouched tegra3 tablet with LTE. I’d pay a grand on contract in a heartbeat

  • ndub21

    Please be true! I love my Galaxy Tab 10.1, but I would much prefer stock honeycomb. The Samsung ROM is buggy sometimes and I have to believe performance would probably be better with the ROM from Google. This would go perfectly with my new GSM Galaxy Nexus!

  • mikesuds

    As long as they make a Wifi-only version, I am in. I can’t imagine why anybody would want to pay an extra data charge for a tablet…

    • Kaote

      Couldn,t agree more, no extra data plan, unless they start to pool data plans.

  • Nathan D.

    If I wasn’t getting the transformer prime I would probably get that.

  • Dharmabhum

    You didn’t miss much in translation. There are other questions in the interview but he glosses over the tablet pretty quickly.

    «Noi nei prossimi sei mesi contiamo di mettere sul mercato un tablet di altissima qualità. E nella comunicazione mobile, il mercato degli smartphone, vedrete una concorrenza brutale tra Apple e Android di Google. È il capitalismo.»

    “In the next six months, we’re counting on putting on the market a tablet of the highest quality. And in mobile communications, the smartphone market, you’ll see brutal competition between Apple and Google’s Android. It’s capitalism.”

    «Sono le regole del mercato, e vanno a tutto vantaggio del consumatore. Non so da voi in Europa, ma qui negli Usa, grazie alla lotta già in atto, si possono ormai avere i migliori cellulari smart con 100 dollari.»

    (Ha, I laughed out loud at this… $100… right.)
    Speaking about market competition and capitalism: “They’re the rules of the market, and it all goes to the consumer’s advantage. I don’t know about you in Europe, but in the USA, thanks to the fight (market competition, ndr) already in progress, you can have the best smartphones for $100.”

  • h0ruza

    The Idea works for me but lets see where they take it. There is a possibility that two tech shifts a year (The OS and two devices) maybe too much and we will very quickly have a stagnant market not unlike the almost dead feature phone market especially with there being so much choice already.

    It’s getting harder to see clear divisions between the multitude of Android devices released..

  • Billy

    A Nexus or “Pure Android” tablet that Google can control more makes sense. It helps provides a base that others should adhere. I think there is a lot of room to grow in the tablet market and big future for tablets.

    Or … maybe I just want my GNex to have a big brother Tablet. :)

  • Louis A

    On everything they should do that. With the high standard that the nexus phone sets especially the current galaxy nexus, I think nexus pad will do the same. But I did like to see google design and build the tablet in house. Yes a bunch of you will argue they haven’t done design and they should partner with an OEM manufacturer but I argue against that because it will introduce a new idea (design) in the market. And seeing all the cool and slick designs out there, it will only push them to work harder to come out with something that looks and works much more better. After all it’s gonna be a Nexus Tab ie high standards.

  • AndyE

    price point ftw.

  • Jorge Eslava

    I think Asus would make a great Nexus tablet, but if Google is in charge the tablet will end up being great.

  • Tal

    They should NOT go all the way up to full sized tablets.
    They should go to the mobile pocketable tablet/phone in the same area the Galaxy Note is.
    Maybe 5.5″-6″ device that is phone/tablet … they can kill in advance the iPad mini and concentrate on a more pocketable size.
    Beyond what Samsung did with the Note, they can ditch the pen and make the device bit cheaper, have ICS out of the box, include quad core, …

  • psipher

    Great news…but please Google don’t announce it until it’s ready to ship….no more of this ambiguous release date crap.

  • M3rc Nate

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I had just prepared myself mentally for buying the T-Prime and that being my tablet for the next 2-3 years…and now they announce they WILL be getting in the Tablet game? When all other times they have said they arent?! NOOOOOOOOOO!

    Other than that, awesome. I hope its amazing and mind blowing. Other than a high resolution though, i dont know what they could do to improve on the T-Prime’s current formula.

    • drop

      The T-Prime was just not ready for PRIMEtime :)

      Too many caveats with Asus’ product, I will wait for Google’s own Nexus Prime tablet.

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    Give me an Asus Nexus tablet and I will give you my kidney.

  • http://www.openintro.com OpenIntro

    A Nexus tablet definitely makes sense, but Google needs to get it right in order to take on Apple. Takes notes on how NOT to launch a product (Galaxy Nexus) and get this one right.

  • mcopeman23

    I think a tablet is a great idea for google. I wouldn’t want them to partner with samsung because i haven’t like there devices much. The nexus s is good (so is the galaxy nexus), but their tabs feel fragile. too thin. and a little flimsy.

    Say what you want about the xoom, but it felt sturdy -like an iPad.

    I’d almost prefer an android tablet over a android phone because of how much more i could use it for work as well as play.

    They should probably bring in tablets at three different price points. The flag ship 10 inch and a mid range one then a affordable 7 inch. ALL PURE ANDROID.

    Google also has the kindle fire and nook crowd that they could easily capture. on android you can get both stores and all android apps. amazon and b&n lock down their stores.

  • the5thdimension

    A Nexus tablet sounds like an awesome tablet. I am all about anything Nexus. I’m most certain this tablet will have amazing specs and will probably be the sexist tablet of its time. What I would like to see is Google put a strong effort in advertising the Nexus line.

    Most people know what Android is by now. A lot of people still refer to Android as Droid (which I can’t stand) thanks to Verizon’s strong advertising campaigns for the Motorola devices. Not too many people know what Nexus is. They’ve never heard of it. Google needs to go out and inform people of Nexus, what it is, and what it can do. Yes there are many Android phones out there and many good ones, but let it be known that Nexus is THE Google Android phone/tablet. Let it be known that Nexus is to Google what iPhone is to Apple.

  • the5thdimension

    Hopefully one day we’ll have:
    1. Nexus phone
    2. Nexus tablet
    3. Nexus tv

  • MarkT

    It makes sense for the Nexus to come to market now. With ICS spanning phones and tablets for Google to NOT enter the fray directly would be a tacit admission of defeat against the iPad and noone wants that.

    Hardware partners will feel better that Google is putting some skin in the game, shouldering a bit more risk etc.

    I sure hope its a ‘dockable’ tablet as per the Prime as this is the way forward. (This would be enough for me to ditch my Chromebook.) Quad core for sure – would love to see a Mirasol screen if the issues can be sorted…

  • Danny Calderon

    Nexus tablet would be a welcomed sight on the android landscape, as long as it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and still require you to sign a 2yr contract

  • MrMrMan

    I figured this is what the Transformer Prime was for. As long as they don’t make it a Verizon exclusive.

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    Been waiting for this news since the Nexus One. Nexus Tablet needs to happen.

  • http://ilysespieces.tumblr.com Ilyse Rose

    This would be epic and I cannot wait to see what they come up with. I’ve wanted a tablet for a long time but couldn’t afford it, hopefully by the time this happens I’ll have some disposable income.

  • Rob Vermeij

    Shit, I was almost sure to get the Prime (if I don’t win a tablet here :P) but now Google makes it very hard to not wait!

  • HoLfElDeR

    They should definetly produce Nexus tablet, it will be awesome i dont doubht it.

  • droiddewd

    If a wifi only Nexus Tablet through ASUS happens then I am there. Dont even need an ad to sell me on that. Anything else I’ll have to be conviced is worth my $.

  • aranea

    Just when I was thinking about buying a tablet they are going to make me wait till June…

  • Hall Lo

    Really? Quite looking forward to it :D

  • jsweetser2

    I’m glad i don’t have a tablet yet – because when Google comes out with their tablet I will scoop it up right away. The only thing i ask is that they have a wifi version. I don’t need to spend more money month to month, have wifi at home and at church and at Starbucks – and those are the only places i’ll use it. Anywhere else, i’ll use my Gnex

  • honourbound68

    omg.. i can’t wait!! nexus tab!! no more twiz, sense, or blur overlays…

  • Fabio R

    if this is true it will be awesome

  • CJ LaFleur

    Put a tegra 3 in it and use samsungs super amoled hd display and you’ll have an awesome gaming tab if you throw in an hdmi output and sixaxis support. On the other hand you have asus’ laptop conversion and functionality. The ips+ display is an honorable mention in quality and is arguably as good. If samsung put in a really great keyboard dock and some software for hardcore typing and tegra zone and im all in. But if samsung wont do the dock i would go with asus.

  • Luke Haviland

    google needs to manufacture in house
    that would be amazing imo

  • stylecrate

    It would be awesome if they use a tegra3 and a super amoled plus screen on it!

  • jenskristian

    Now that’s the tablet I want!

  • https://plus.google.com/109600738460265587799/posts Lewis McGeary

    I’m surprised they haven’t done this before now, I though it might have come with the Ice Cream Sandwich launch and the Galaxy Nexus, since ICS was to unify phone and tablet!

  • kimminer1

    priced at $299 would work for many people

  • ramenchef

    Simply a mistranslation. Manufacturers barely touch vanilla Android as it is. Until they start completely changing the overlay, I don’t see the need for a Nexus tablet.

    • https://plus.google.com/109600738460265587799/posts Lewis McGeary

      Another reason for the Nexus is hardware though not just software.
      Google may want to have NFC as part of the standard Android tablet specs, for example, or whatever other feature. Google needs to create a tablet with the features it wants and develop things to make use of it before the manufacturers will follow and start including them too as standard.

  • Billy

    BTW … What is Schmidt doing these days? Is he now the Google PR person cause it seems like we get more awesome news from him than anyone haha…

    Not that I am complaining. Keep bringing us the Goodies Mr. Schmidt!

  • lokidokie

    Yes. This should have been a no-brainer. Google, you make it and I’ll buy it!

  • WlfHart

    I wonder if they will try and do the laptop dock type idea that ASUS uses or stick strictly to touch. I’m still waiting for tablet stylus integration to step up a bit. The Puccini was nice, but only the beginning (and only on AT&T). :’(

  • mclarensr

    Would be nice.

  • Numbertwo

    As long as it has a sd card slot to expand the memory capacity

  • Six8Six

    Dont bother…. Apple will just appeal to have the sales banned :p

  • jamal adam

    Design, Price, Price, Price and they can have my money.

  • donger

    a nexus tab? sign me up for one.

  • humidity

    Ahhhh I really want a Transformer Prime but now I want to wait and see what the Nexus tab will look like!

  1. I think if they can produce a tablet around the same price as the transformer and transformer prime it will be a big seller. No need to have a carrier, as anyone can see people do not want another contract they want a wifi tablet.

    • now will they market it, the way it needs to be?!

      • I think they are doing a great job on the galaxy nexus, along with samsung.

        Here in the netherlands that us. Seeing advertisements everywhere.

        So im asuming the marketing on the next tablet will also follow this path.

        • JLixGuest 3 years ago

          Great job with the Galaxy Nexus?? I am one of the people that had my phone by 9:30 last Thursday, however, I would not agree that they did a great job with the Galaxy Nexus. Not with the PR, advertising, and getting it to us.

          Now, I know others are going to say that was all Verizon’s fault, and I won’t say it wasn’t, but this is Googles flag ship. They have more power than you think they do if your stand is going to be it is all on Verizon. They don’t need to bow down to anyone, not even the Mighty Verizon. I think Apple proved that a few years ago. Yes, they still came around to getting their devices on Verzion, but they had it their way.

          I hope Google learned from this and will make it a point in the future to control more of what is released, when it will be released, etc. as in my opinion the Nexus delivery was pathetic. It lost them and Samsung some money where others might have held out a little longer if we were not in the dark.

      • I agree. Google seems to be on the right track with their galaxy nexus commercials. I mean show what the phone can do and how easy it is to do it. Not robots fighting and people aren’t sure if it is an ad for a new robot movie….

    • Completely agree, but Google needs to add some “Pow” to it. Give it something besides the Nexus name to have over its friendly rivals. Everybody knows Nexus means software support but most also associate the name with new technology…

    • Competition is always good for the consumer and price will go down anyway!

  2. Google Tablet. This will surely give ipad the cometition it needs. Plus the developers get a vanilla device to build apps on. Everybody wins!!

  3. The biggest thing I believe needs to happen here is the launch price point. Even if the specs are twice the iPad, the first thing the consumer notices is the price. I have heard from several people that the Galaxy Nexus lost appeal because it was $100 more than an iphone. I love Android, but they NEED to undercut Apple to move a massive amount of these tablets.

    • A very interesting point of view. But I am not sure if a top notch tablet will come cheap. Maybe the same price as the yet to be launched ipad 5.

    • Agreed. Unfortunately, many consumers are willing to sacrifice specs for price, either because they can’t afford not to, or because they don’t care/know. We already know that Google makes quality things, and aggressively pricing them will definitely get the “layman” consumer to pay attention!

    • They don’t need to undercut Apple, by that much. I think $50 cheaper would be enough. Remember, that low-price is perceived by consumers as a poor quality product. It will take some time for Google to reach the same perception of prestige that Apple has, but I think they are definitely on their way.

  4. I honestly don’t really see a need for a Nexus tablet. Manufacturers have kept tablets mostly vanilla. If/when manufacturers start heavily skinning, then yes, google should definitely step in with a device of their own.

    • I agree. Why step in and muddle with things when the market is already behaving nicely by itself?

      All they’ll do is annoy OEMs by picking favourites and skewing competition…

  5. Oh man! This is going to be fully spec’d out and optimized for ICS. This thing is going to be drool worthy for sure. Where is the pre-preorder link? I want it hands down

    • This also goes with my thought from the previous article, even if Android gets “perfected” and reaches its prime (not the next phone), I would be so happy to see Google get into the hardware market and start doing their own dedicated Android systems

  6. A Nexus tablet would be very intriguing as I wonder what else google would bring to the table. I agree with you on the choice of manufacturers as Samsung and Asus seem to have an edge on Motorola. The transformer prime with ICS may as well just be the flagship tablet for google until they release a Nexus tablet.

  7. I just read an opinion article about this exact same thing. And I’m glad to see that Google is doing that. It needs to under cut the price of the iPad, but also needs to be higher quality than the Kindle Fire, especially if they want to take the reigns from Apple.

  8. Can’t wait…definitely holding off on picking up a new tablet until there’s more news on this device. My Xoom better hold out until then!

  9. Please, bring it!

    Competition is always good for the consumer!

  10. I’m really glad Google has decided to do this, we can get our Vanilla ICS experience out of a really nice device.

    I know I’m looking for them to include NFC in the tablets so it’s easier to transfer information between the two (Galaxy Nexus) and the Tablet.

  11. This is exactly what they need to do, but they also need to undercut the iPad in price. And then advertise it. Google can no longer afford to stay out of the direct advertising game. Not when Apple spent $933 Million on ads this past year.

    • $933 million in ads?! That’s crazy! Though, I can’t say it’s surprising at all. Maybe Apple should spend that money on what matters: actually improving/innovating their software and hardware… But, then again, I’m just biased and tired of seeing their countless commercials.

  12. If google can make something between the Kindle Fire and the ASUS Transformer range, affordable and great specs they will have no problem selling them.

    Most people I have talked to about tablets say they arent that bothered by what OS its on but look more at price, functionality and specs. Personally I would only ever get an Android tab.

  13. This would be a great idea! If Google could personally design the entire tablet (both hardware & software) to their exact specifications, I am sure it would run a lot better than some of these half-hearted Android tablets we currently see on the Market. This might be the best way for them to create a true competitor to the iPad (not counting the Kindle Fire).

  14. Woah. A tablet of the highest quality? I’d love to see Google and ASUS work together on this one. I wonder what the price will be…

  15. I hope it won’t be too expensive

  16. prices for tablets are starting to drop, so i think by then we should get a pretty powerful tablet for a decent price. =]

  17. ThaghostGuest 3 years ago

    1. Pls no samsung, I don’t want a plastic tablet.
    2. Don’t launch it with a carrier, especially not verizon.
    3. Make a $

    • This is what I came to say: I’m not a fan of how plasticky Samsung phones feel these days and I won’t buy a tablet that is all reminiscent of that style. Also I don’t have as much faith in Sammy CPUs like Exynos compared to what others are doing like Tegra 3 and in particular how much battery life is expected to improve. But I’ll wait until I see Sammy’s innovations before I write it off completely.

      I’m behind a Nexus tablet though. The price point has to be right even for a lot of us die-hard Nexus fans though, especially when we start seeing how rapidly the mobile and tablet markets are reinventing themselves with the latest and greatest. I can’t yet commit to the Galaxy Nexus (buying outright) and I’m sure I’d have to think about a Nexus tablet too if current price points of high-end tablets are any indication.

      And screw cellular connectivity. Give me WiFi (only) or give me death!

  18. I basically read every comment ABOVE MINE, and the most interesting thing is BRAND and PRICE. Honestly anything overly priced is a FAIL. For some the thought of paying up to 3000 in currency of the country or MORE for a TABLET when most people earn less than that in 3 months, is sick. The prices are the biggest TURN OFF, not graphics, specs, etc… PRICE, PRICE, PRICE.

    If Google can develop, market, and SELL a device that is AFFORDABLE they will be bought, if its bloated and limited in release WHO CARES? NEXT…

    • Eduardo FelicianoGuest 3 years ago

      But if Google is going to take on the iPad then the price for it will be expensive. This Nexus tablet need’s to offer something more than just performance. Maybe they will finally add Chrome OS as an addition to ICS to differentiate itself from other Android Tablets. But will that be enough to sell. And I felt always the Tablet experience needed to be different from the phone experience. Just as Amazon as done with the Kindle Fire.

  19. Hopefully it comes with another Nvidia chip so come next year AndMe can do another prize pack with this in it!

    A guy can wish cant he….

    This would be a great ad on to the other tablets. I agree Price point! Price point! Price point! If your make it we will come as long as you dont shot yourself in the foot with a BIG BILL.

    BTW thanks for the awesome contest andme. The tab should be here Tuesday! YOU ROCK..

  20. So will this be running jelly bean? Seeing the time frame it might just be in time for another android iteration.

    Really interested in this one.

  21. ThaghostGuest 3 years ago

    1. Pls no samsung, I don’t want a plastic tablet.
    2. Don’t launch it with a carrier, especially not verizon.
    3. Make a $400, $500 & 600 version.

    thank you

  22. BryanGuest 3 years ago

    Typo: learning = leaning.

    OT: Hope it can best the iPad 3!

  23. Arghhh: tablet “reigns”??

    As long as there is a wifi-only version, I’ll be interested. Tie me to a data plan, and I say no, thanks.

  24. Nexus tablet, hell yeh! If the price is right it could totally beat ipad, since apple don’t really focus on the specs. With next years tecnology and ics this tablet could run even smother than ipad
    Nexus everything <3

  25. How sweet would that be. I would love to add to my Nexus device portfolio. What’s next, maybe a Nexus mp3/video player with google music/video. Bring it! I love Google and Nexus.

  26. wow im really looking foward to that tablet. PLEASE PLEASE DONT RELEASE THRU VERIZON!!!!!! a tablet would a whole to finally announce a day before it drops. Jk. I know tablets arent carrier specific. Thanks alot androidandme.com now all i can is look forward to june

  27. How about a Nexus with a physical keyboard first, ala T-Mobile G-1, G2?

  28. This is fantastic! I can’t wait to hear more info about it.

  29. A nexus tablet with 10″-12″ retina display and quad core would be awesome!

  30. First of all, please don’t tie to to a carrier. Release a Wifi version ASAP and don’t let the carrier slow down any updates.

    Secondly, please don’t make one Nexus tablet — invite multiple companies to make one wave of Nexus Tablets!

  31. Thank you for finally basically admitting that the Xoom was a complete failure.

  32. Maybe i have to wait till june for bying a new tablet! Would like to see 10″ superamoled with samsung exynos quad-core! WAITING FOR THIS!!

  33. Not convinced that Google could produce a tablet themselves, but ASUS or Samsung would be acceptable. Please keep it away from any mobile providers. A true Google tablet would nice, not having to wait for OEM updates. After the NEXUS release fiasco, I think its important to get this right, if this is the way they choose to go.

    • I really want to see them partner with ASUS and I think that’s the direction they’ll go. It would be one of the smartest moves they could make by bringing another solid hardware manufacturer into the Android circle. Plus ASUS has made one great tablet (and one forthcoming with the same expected standards) AND they’ve done the unthinkable and made carrier skins truly optional. I also don’t think they’d commit so much to Samsung (two most recent Nexus phones and the first Nexus tablet?) in such a short period but they may latch on if Sammy’s bending over to their demands.

      If Google makes the tablet themselves, bravo and I wish them the best. If they choose to partner, they won’t do any better than ASUS.

  34. I’d like to see at least a 7″ and 10″ version of the Nexus Tablet.

  35. Hopefully they produce a great device and have the commercial might to highlight the benefits of android tablets.

  36. I remember participating in a Google-sponsored survey that was based solely on the idea of a Nexus tablet. I’ll say now what I said then…Oh Google, don’t you dare tease me this way…

  37. 4n1m4lGuest 3 years ago

    I’d love to have an untouched tegra3 tablet with LTE. I’d pay a grand on contract in a heartbeat

  38. Please be true! I love my Galaxy Tab 10.1, but I would much prefer stock honeycomb. The Samsung ROM is buggy sometimes and I have to believe performance would probably be better with the ROM from Google. This would go perfectly with my new GSM Galaxy Nexus!

  39. As long as they make a Wifi-only version, I am in. I can’t imagine why anybody would want to pay an extra data charge for a tablet…

  40. If I wasn’t getting the transformer prime I would probably get that.

  41. You didn’t miss much in translation. There are other questions in the interview but he glosses over the tablet pretty quickly.

    «Noi nei prossimi sei mesi contiamo di mettere sul mercato un tablet di altissima qualità. E nella comunicazione mobile, il mercato degli smartphone, vedrete una concorrenza brutale tra Apple e Android di Google. È il capitalismo.»

    “In the next six months, we’re counting on putting on the market a tablet of the highest quality. And in mobile communications, the smartphone market, you’ll see brutal competition between Apple and Google’s Android. It’s capitalism.”

    «Sono le regole del mercato, e vanno a tutto vantaggio del consumatore. Non so da voi in Europa, ma qui negli Usa, grazie alla lotta già in atto, si possono ormai avere i migliori cellulari smart con 100 dollari.»

    (Ha, I laughed out loud at this… $100… right.)
    Speaking about market competition and capitalism: “They’re the rules of the market, and it all goes to the consumer’s advantage. I don’t know about you in Europe, but in the USA, thanks to the fight (market competition, ndr) already in progress, you can have the best smartphones for $100.”

  42. The Idea works for me but lets see where they take it. There is a possibility that two tech shifts a year (The OS and two devices) maybe too much and we will very quickly have a stagnant market not unlike the almost dead feature phone market especially with there being so much choice already.

    It’s getting harder to see clear divisions between the multitude of Android devices released..

  43. A Nexus or “Pure Android” tablet that Google can control more makes sense. It helps provides a base that others should adhere. I think there is a lot of room to grow in the tablet market and big future for tablets.

    Or … maybe I just want my GNex to have a big brother Tablet. :)

  44. On everything they should do that. With the high standard that the nexus phone sets especially the current galaxy nexus, I think nexus pad will do the same. But I did like to see google design and build the tablet in house. Yes a bunch of you will argue they haven’t done design and they should partner with an OEM manufacturer but I argue against that because it will introduce a new idea (design) in the market. And seeing all the cool and slick designs out there, it will only push them to work harder to come out with something that looks and works much more better. After all it’s gonna be a Nexus Tab ie high standards.

  45. I think Asus would make a great Nexus tablet, but if Google is in charge the tablet will end up being great.

  46. They should NOT go all the way up to full sized tablets.
    They should go to the mobile pocketable tablet/phone in the same area the Galaxy Note is.
    Maybe 5.5″-6″ device that is phone/tablet … they can kill in advance the iPad mini and concentrate on a more pocketable size.
    Beyond what Samsung did with the Note, they can ditch the pen and make the device bit cheaper, have ICS out of the box, include quad core, …

  47. Great news…but please Google don’t announce it until it’s ready to ship….no more of this ambiguous release date crap.

  48. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I had just prepared myself mentally for buying the T-Prime and that being my tablet for the next 2-3 years…and now they announce they WILL be getting in the Tablet game? When all other times they have said they arent?! NOOOOOOOOOO!

    Other than that, awesome. I hope its amazing and mind blowing. Other than a high resolution though, i dont know what they could do to improve on the T-Prime’s current formula.

    • dropGuest 3 years ago

      The T-Prime was just not ready for PRIMEtime :)

      Too many caveats with Asus’ product, I will wait for Google’s own Nexus Prime tablet.

  49. Give me an Asus Nexus tablet and I will give you my kidney.

  50. A Nexus tablet definitely makes sense, but Google needs to get it right in order to take on Apple. Takes notes on how NOT to launch a product (Galaxy Nexus) and get this one right.

  51. I think a tablet is a great idea for google. I wouldn’t want them to partner with samsung because i haven’t like there devices much. The nexus s is good (so is the galaxy nexus), but their tabs feel fragile. too thin. and a little flimsy.

    Say what you want about the xoom, but it felt sturdy -like an iPad.

    I’d almost prefer an android tablet over a android phone because of how much more i could use it for work as well as play.

    They should probably bring in tablets at three different price points. The flag ship 10 inch and a mid range one then a affordable 7 inch. ALL PURE ANDROID.

    Google also has the kindle fire and nook crowd that they could easily capture. on android you can get both stores and all android apps. amazon and b&n lock down their stores.

  52. A Nexus tablet sounds like an awesome tablet. I am all about anything Nexus. I’m most certain this tablet will have amazing specs and will probably be the sexist tablet of its time. What I would like to see is Google put a strong effort in advertising the Nexus line.

    Most people know what Android is by now. A lot of people still refer to Android as Droid (which I can’t stand) thanks to Verizon’s strong advertising campaigns for the Motorola devices. Not too many people know what Nexus is. They’ve never heard of it. Google needs to go out and inform people of Nexus, what it is, and what it can do. Yes there are many Android phones out there and many good ones, but let it be known that Nexus is THE Google Android phone/tablet. Let it be known that Nexus is to Google what iPhone is to Apple.

  53. Hopefully one day we’ll have:
    1. Nexus phone
    2. Nexus tablet
    3. Nexus tv

  54. It makes sense for the Nexus to come to market now. With ICS spanning phones and tablets for Google to NOT enter the fray directly would be a tacit admission of defeat against the iPad and noone wants that.

    Hardware partners will feel better that Google is putting some skin in the game, shouldering a bit more risk etc.

    I sure hope its a ‘dockable’ tablet as per the Prime as this is the way forward. (This would be enough for me to ditch my Chromebook.) Quad core for sure – would love to see a Mirasol screen if the issues can be sorted…

  55. Nexus tablet would be a welcomed sight on the android landscape, as long as it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and still require you to sign a 2yr contract

  56. I figured this is what the Transformer Prime was for. As long as they don’t make it a Verizon exclusive.

  57. Been waiting for this news since the Nexus One. Nexus Tablet needs to happen.

  58. This would be epic and I cannot wait to see what they come up with. I’ve wanted a tablet for a long time but couldn’t afford it, hopefully by the time this happens I’ll have some disposable income.

  59. Shit, I was almost sure to get the Prime (if I don’t win a tablet here :P) but now Google makes it very hard to not wait!

  60. They should definetly produce Nexus tablet, it will be awesome i dont doubht it.

  61. If a wifi only Nexus Tablet through ASUS happens then I am there. Dont even need an ad to sell me on that. Anything else I’ll have to be conviced is worth my $.

  62. Just when I was thinking about buying a tablet they are going to make me wait till June…

  63. Really? Quite looking forward to it :D

  64. I’m glad i don’t have a tablet yet – because when Google comes out with their tablet I will scoop it up right away. The only thing i ask is that they have a wifi version. I don’t need to spend more money month to month, have wifi at home and at church and at Starbucks – and those are the only places i’ll use it. Anywhere else, i’ll use my Gnex

  65. omg.. i can’t wait!! nexus tab!! no more twiz, sense, or blur overlays…

  66. if this is true it will be awesome

  67. Put a tegra 3 in it and use samsungs super amoled hd display and you’ll have an awesome gaming tab if you throw in an hdmi output and sixaxis support. On the other hand you have asus’ laptop conversion and functionality. The ips+ display is an honorable mention in quality and is arguably as good. If samsung put in a really great keyboard dock and some software for hardcore typing and tegra zone and im all in. But if samsung wont do the dock i would go with asus.

  68. google needs to manufacture in house
    that would be amazing imo

  69. It would be awesome if they use a tegra3 and a super amoled plus screen on it!

  70. Now that’s the tablet I want!

  71. I’m surprised they haven’t done this before now, I though it might have come with the Ice Cream Sandwich launch and the Galaxy Nexus, since ICS was to unify phone and tablet!

  72. priced at $299 would work for many people

  73. Simply a mistranslation. Manufacturers barely touch vanilla Android as it is. Until they start completely changing the overlay, I don’t see the need for a Nexus tablet.

    • Another reason for the Nexus is hardware though not just software.
      Google may want to have NFC as part of the standard Android tablet specs, for example, or whatever other feature. Google needs to create a tablet with the features it wants and develop things to make use of it before the manufacturers will follow and start including them too as standard.

  74. BTW … What is Schmidt doing these days? Is he now the Google PR person cause it seems like we get more awesome news from him than anyone haha…

    Not that I am complaining. Keep bringing us the Goodies Mr. Schmidt!

  75. Yes. This should have been a no-brainer. Google, you make it and I’ll buy it!

  76. I wonder if they will try and do the laptop dock type idea that ASUS uses or stick strictly to touch. I’m still waiting for tablet stylus integration to step up a bit. The Puccini was nice, but only the beginning (and only on AT&T). :’(

  77. As long as it has a sd card slot to expand the memory capacity

  78. Dont bother…. Apple will just appeal to have the sales banned :p

  79. Design, Price, Price, Price and they can have my money.

  80. a nexus tab? sign me up for one.

  81. Ahhhh I really want a Transformer Prime but now I want to wait and see what the Nexus tab will look like!