Google could release its own tablet in 2012

While Apple has had lots of success with the iPad tablet line, tablets that have used Google's Android operating system as its basis have not sold nearly as well, at least until Amazon's Kindle Fire came along. Now Slashgear reports that Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt has been quoted in an Italian newspaper that the company has plans to market its own tablet.

According to the translation, Schmidt said, "In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality." It's currently unclear if Google will sell and market the tablet itself, as it did with the Nexus line of Android smartphones, or if it will team up with a tablet manufacturer to aggressively market the tablet.

In 2011, Google did help to market the Xoom tablet from Motorola which was one of the first to have the 3.0 "Honeycomb" version of Android that was made specifically for tablet devices. However, the tablet failed to grab a lot of sales. Google is currently trying to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion and it's more than possible that any Google-based future tablet device could have some Motorola roots.

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Ridlas said,
I bet Apple will sue them.

It will violate all Apple patents. Only Apple will be allowed to make smartphones and tablets. Next they will sue PC makers out of existence.

WP7 said,
Bet it will not be groundbreaking spec

You mean like the iPad 2 when it was announced or the iPhone 4S or any Windows Phone device in the market?

WP7 said,

no i mean like the middle-class spec compared to competition like the nexus one had at launch you fool

WHAT THE F**K IS YOUR PROBLEM. Stop with the name calling. You are acting like a child. PLEASE GROW THE F**K up.

Make sure to learn to read what you wrote and what I wrote. You are talking specs. The reading comprehension in this forum is SERIOUSLY lacking.

Dual Core Android phones out spec a single core Windows Phone on SPECS alone. That is what you said. Specs, right? Please learn to read and stop stalking me FANBOY!

Interesting so it looks like Apple has the tablet market with a iron grip. Guess the only good thing is developers won't stop supporting it anytime soon.

It will be awesome once they have a worthy competitor.

max22 said,
Interesting so it looks like Apple has the tablet market with a iron grip. Guess the only good thing is developers won't stop supporting it anytime soon.

Not quite. Apple is losing market share at the same rate it did on smart phones. Android is already approaching 40%. Not that Apple needs a huge marketshare to make a profit. Still, eventually Android will dominate (in terms of number of devices) the tablet market too.

Oh, eventually.

I've actually been holding out on buying a tablet for this exact reason. I want a pure Android, Nexus tablet, preferably on Sprint.

Maybe, one day.

shawncm217 said,
Oh, eventually.

I've actually been holding out on buying a tablet for this exact reason. I want a pure Android, Nexus tablet, preferably on Sprint.

Maybe, one day.

The Xoom is a pure Android tablet. It gets all the Honeycomb updates first.

UndergroundWire said,

The Xoom is a pure Android tablet. It gets all the Honeycomb updates first.


Yeah, but it isn't as... "Google," as the Nexus phones are. This would be, if not more so.

MASTER260 said,

Yeah, but it isn't as... "Google," as the Nexus phones are. This would be, if not more so.

Either you are not making yourself clear or you don't know what an Android experience device is. What isn't so "Google" about it?

Real Windows Tablet will happen when Win8 gets out the door. Until then, you can fool around with Win7 tablet, there are a few, that cost twice (or more) the price of some Android tablet.

There is a marketing problem behind Android. If people where made aware of the product, seeing how many tablet cost less than the iPad, it should sell more. Unless people really hate Android...?! Still, Apple is able to sell more iPad, even at a higher price, than all the Android tablet combined....

And with the iPad 3 coming soon, retina display and all, it will continue to sell well....

TruckWEB said,
There is a marketing problem behind Android. If people where made aware of the product, seeing how many tablet cost less than the iPad, it should sell more. Unless people really hate Android...?! Still, Apple is able to sell more iPad, even at a higher price, than all the Android tablet combined.......

come on, lets be honest, these cheaper ones are the ones you need to stay away from unless its something like the nook, the ones that are quality and worth getting arn't much cheaper then the ipad if at all!

Acer, Gateway, Lenovo, Toshiba, Sony, Asus all produce Android Tablet that are "cheaper" in price compared to the iPad. Okay, you probably need to get a 7" but even 10" sometime cost less.

Cheapest iPad here is $519 (16Gb), the Asus Transformer is $399 (16Gb). Still $120 less!!! Even the Transformer Prime is $499 (32Gb)....

I don't think that the tablet will be made by Google. It will be a "Nexus tablet". Made by an OEM, but branded under Google's name.

FMH said,
I don't think that the tablet will be made by Google. It will be a "Nexus tablet". Made by an OEM, but branded under Google's name.

OEM, *cough Motorola LOL

UndergroundWire said,

OEM, *cough Motorola LOL

I thought Google said that Motorola will be an independent company, and Google wont favor them over their OEMs. They are for patent protection.

Google's OEMs will be strongly offended, if that's true.
Google also said that it won't affect the Nexus program. Motorola would have to bid with their device, like every other company.

FMH said,
I don't think that the tablet will be made by Google. It will be a "Nexus tablet". Made by an OEM, but branded under Google's name.

I can predict the name already: Samsung Nexus Tab

FMH said,

I thought Google said that Motorola will be an independent company, and Google wont favor them over their OEMs. They are for patent protection.

Google's OEMs will be strongly offended, if that's true.
Google also said that it won't affect the Nexus program. Motorola would have to bid with their device, like every other company.

Yes but in order for the Manufacturer to be chosen as a Nexus device, they have to bid like everyone else. Motorola's Xoom is the reference device for Honeycomb. I can see Motorola being chosen for the tablet. I can't see two Samsung devices being a Nexus device.

FMH said,

I thought Google said that Motorola will be an independent company, and Google wont favor them over their OEMs. They are for patent protection.

Google's OEMs will be strongly offended, if that's true.
Google also said that it won't affect the Nexus program. Motorola would have to bid with their device, like every other company.


That might change what w/ Google owning Motorola Mobility...

Oh I would love to see Amazon vs Google! Plus maybe even Google going against Apple if the tablet is more feature rich than the Kindle Fire.

Hopefully Amazon with the 10 inch version has a lot more extras. Like a memory slot for one.

When is Microsoft coming out with a tablet? Are they late to the party or what? Will windows tablets even take off ?

max22 said,

When is Microsoft coming out with a tablet? Are they late to the party or what? Will windows tablets even take off ?

Umm they were the first one, in 2002 i guess.

max22 said,
Oh I would love to see Amazon vs Google! Plus maybe even Google going against Apple if the tablet is more feature rich than the Kindle Fire.

Hopefully Amazon with the 10 inch version has a lot more extras. Like a memory slot for one.

When is Microsoft coming out with a tablet? Are they late to the party or what? Will windows tablets even take off ?

Amazon's tablet vs a Google Tablet? You're not comparing products correctly. Amazon's version doesn't have access to the Android Market and is more an e-reader with tablet capabilities. Google vs Apple. Now were talking.

As for your last question, Microsoft is definitely late to the game (as usual). Nobody can deny that. The question of whether it will sell or not will mostly be determined by price in the end. It is expected to come out by Q3 or Q4 2012. That is definitely late to the game.

max22 said,
Oh I would love to see Amazon vs Google! Plus maybe even Google going against Apple if the tablet is more feature rich than the Kindle Fire.

Hopefully Amazon with the 10 inch version has a lot more extras. Like a memory slot for one.

When is Microsoft coming out with a tablet? Are they late to the party or what? Will windows tablets even take off ?

Still with the 'late to the party' theory? if by 'party' you mean a few open 24/7/365 clubs with a constantly changing set of clientelle influenced by a constantly changing idea of what is 'cool' or 'fashionable' or (for the rest of us) just plain old better to use, with 2 year subscriptions that lock people into one club over the others but then those same people want to see whats going on in the other clubs - I'll stop as iits a crap anaology getting crappier, but loosely outlines a point

Neowin Mods, please remove this comment made by WP7 and give a warning. This is a personal attack. Please do your jobs. We don't need his kind around here. Especially the fanboy type. Thank you and goodbye.

htcz said,
It will be just like the Nexus Prime and etc. Selling and marketing the tablet made by someone else.

I think the smart bets will be on it being a Motorola Device. In fact I'd wager that all nexus phones/tabs in the coming years will be from Motorola once Google get their hands on them.

Majesticmerc said,

I think the smart bets will be on it being a Motorola Device. In fact I'd wager that all nexus phones/tabs in the coming years will be from Motorola once Google get their hands on them.


Don't be so sure of it. Google wants to maintain a good relation with the other Android manufacturers.