Google could be about to launch an Android tablet of its own, amid signs that the Android powered Amazon Kindle Fire is making real inroads into iPads’ marketshare.
According to supply chain sources cited by DigiTimes, the mooted Google-branded slate will rock the latest 4.0 version of Android (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) and will come in at a compact seven inches.
Intriguingly, it’ll also sport a price point in the region of $199 (likely to be £199 in Blighty), putting the unnamed tablet in direct competition with the similarly priced and similarly compact Kindle Fire from Amazon.
DigiTimes stated: "Sources from Google's upstream supply chain believe that Google, instead of Apple, may actually be targeting Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire as its major competitor.”
The Google tablet, which is likely to retain the Nexus title used for Google-branded Android phones, is expected to debut in March or April this year.
Google has yet to comment on the story, which tallies with comments from Chairman Eric Schmidt’s about the company’s plans late last year when he revealed that a “tablet of the highest quality” will arrive from Google in the next six months.