Recently, Eric Schmidt has suggested that Google is working on a tablet of their own branding to enter the crowded Android tablet market. Considering Google’s history on the Nexus line of devices, we assumed Google was working on a Nexus tablet, a high-end device that features both the latest hardware and the latest version of Android.
A new rumor from Digitimes suggests that Google may be targeting the Kindle Fire as its main competition in the tablet market. Digitimes’ sources believe that Google is working on a device with a 7″ display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and a sub-$200 price tag to directly compete with Amazon’s tablet, which has quickly become the best-selling Android tablet to date.
If this rumor pans out, Google’s tablet should launch sometime in the March-April timeframe, and could give the Kindle Fire a legitimate run for its money. After all, Android commands nearly 50% of the smartphone market, and a tablet that more closely resembles the smartphones people have come to know and understand at a price they can easily afford may catapult sales beyond what Amazon has been able to accomplish with the Fire.
We have good reason to be skeptical about Google even working on a tablet at all, however, as Digitimes also reports that Google Taiwan claims to have never heard about the company launching their own branded tablet.
So there you have it. The Google Tablet may or may not exist and may or may not be targeted at Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Clear as mud.
What do you guys think? Is Google working on their own tablet? If so, do you think it’ll be more of a “Nexus Tablet” or Kindle Fire?