April 7, 2012
Google Pushes Back Tablet Release Date
The Verge cited sources close to the project as saying that Google plans to make some design changes, and hopes to lower the price from the current $249.The report said the device will be co-branded from both Google and Asus, and will be equipped with Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
The sources also claim that the tablet will feature a 7-inch screen, an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, and is Wi-Fi only.
Asus showed off a tablet at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that could be an indication of what the new Google tablet will look like.
If Google does plan on releasing the tablet at the first of July, it would coincide with being announced at its Google I/O conference on June 27 to 29.
The conference is being held at Moscone Center in San Francisco California and could be a platform for the company to announce the new tablet.
The show is the company's software-focused trade show dedicated to the latest in Android, Google TV and Chrome.
The Verge said the tablet will be competing directly with Amazon's Kindle Fire, which is another 7-inch tablet that retails for $199.
Amazon and Google are not the only companies planning a 7-inch tablet, according to rumors. Apple is in the process of making a 7.85-inch iPad.
DaringFireball's John Gruber told Dan Benjamin during his Talk Show podcast that he has been told by "numerous" people that a 7.85-inch iPad is something Apple has been "noodling with."
“Well, I don´t know," Gruber said during the talk show. "What I do know is that they have one in the lab“¦a 7.85 inch iPad that runs at 1024Ã768“¦ it´s just like the 9.7" iPad shrunk down a little bit. Apps wouldn't need to be recompiled or redesigned to work optimally on it. It's just the iPad smaller."
He did point out that Apple has several prototype products that never make it to the market, and quoted Steve Jobs when he said he was as proud of the products that Apple hasn't done as the ones they have.