We have some fantastic news for Android fans now, as Google CEO Eric Schmidt has made a rather surprise announcement by confirming that a Google Nexus tablet will hit the market within six months and will directly aim to topple the Apple iPad.
Schmidt made the announcement when speaking in a recent interview with an Italian newspaper, according to Slashgear. Specific details on the tablet are unknown at this point as you can imagine, but Schmidt did reveal that the device ‘would be of the highest quality’.
A six month mininum release period from now was also mentioned by the Google CEO, and it now provides all sorts of exciting questions on what exactly will the Google Nexus tablet be comprised of. One big factor for us, is the important decision on which company are going to build the device. There has been no Nexus tablet on the market yet to this day, although Google seem to favor Samsung at the moment, since the company has built the last two Nexus smartphones in the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus.
Motorola also deserve a mention of course since they built the Xoom tablet which was the first device to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. However, a Google tablet release in 2012 is now likely to run the latest version of Ice Cream Sandwich, and if Google are teasing a tablet ‘of the highest quality’, they may decide to build it themselves. Imagine a pure Google Nexus tablet, running vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich on a Tegra 3 quad-core processor – it would surely send a shockwave throughout the industry, and certainly make rivals Apple take note.
Could we be finally seeing a device which would fit the often used ‘iPad killer’ tag? The Motorola XY board doesn’t appear to be up to the task, but a pure Google Nexus tablet would certainly gain our attention. Let us know your thoughts on this, and if you would be willing to buy one. Should Apple be worried?