Rumor: Google's own tablet not due until July

There have been lots of rumors in the past few months that Google plans to release a tablet under its own name. An official announcement about the device was expected to be made in May but now The Verge reports, via unnamed sources, that those plans have now changed and we won't be hearing anything official about  the Google tablet until sometime in July.

The story claims that the decision to delay the tablet's launch was due in part to make some design changes for the product and also to hopefully lower the price of the device. While the tablet was said to be targeting a $249 or a $19 price point, a more recent rumor claims that it could go down as low as $149. Reportedly Google wants to make the tablet competitive, at least in terms of price, with Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire.

The story repeats what other Internet rumor stories have said about the Google tablet; that it will have a seven inch screen, that it will run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and that it will have Nvidia's Tegra 3 multi-core processor inside. The tablet itself will be made by Asus but will apparently be a WiFi-only product So far neither Google nor Asus have commented on these stories.

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I'm happy it is delayed. I tend to buy things I want on day of release. It just so happens I want to many things and the pushed date helps with budgeting.

UndergroundWire said,
I'm happy it is delayed. I tend to buy things I want on day of release. It just so happens I want to many things and the pushed date helps with budgeting.

This.

$199 PlayBook, great tablet, lots of cool feature (since PlayBook 2.0) and, to me, one of the best tablet OS. The gesture on this is so simple to use, real multitasking, fully integrated with every type of account you may have. Simply love it. Beats iOS in usefulness.

Will be nice to see a real ICS tablet for the same price and compare how they handle the same task.