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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