The long-rumored Google tablet, presumably called the Nexus 7, is expected to release at the end of this month, which will supposedly be in the $150-$250 range. ASUS and Google have partnered up to build this 7-inch tablet that will be powered by Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 chip.
The news was confirmed by an ASUS representative during last week’s Computex trade show. The representative kept his name secret and did not tell more about the tablet except that “it will be awesome.”
Well, it is expected that Google will reveal the Nexus tablet during its Google I/O conference taking place in San Francisco on the 27th June. But, all these are just predictions based on circumstantial evidence.
The tablet will probably appeal to tech fanatics because unlike the Kindle Fire, a Nexus tablet will certainly integrate in the full Google Play app market and will be able to run on the latest version of Android without any major changes.
On the other hand, ASUS is in talks with US carriers to launch the Padfone but they have shown some resistance to ASUS’ Padfone, as it allows free tethering on the larger screen. Although AT&T has shown some interest in it but negotiations are going slow so far, according to an ASUS rep.
The Wall Street Journal also reported that Google plans to launch its own online tablet store so that people can directly buy Google-branded tablets. It seems like the company is trying to adopt the strategy of both Apple and Amazon by making the perfect ecosystem for customers buying the tablet.
This will enable customers to buy the device directly from Google while purchasing other softwares through Google Play. Besides, magazine companies are now going into agreements with the company in order to boost business and eventually get more marketing of the product.