Nexus tablet, iPad 3: Taking Kindle Fire seriously in 2012

 

By Posted 5 Jan 2012, 10:51

With the iPad 3 hitting the market in 2012 and the impressive Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon already out, all eyes are on Google to see if they will be releasing a tablet of their own to compete in an already crowded tablet market.

The good news as you’re probably already aware, is that Google CEO Eric Schmidt has already confirmed the existance of a Google tablet, even more exciting for fans though is that it will hit the market within six months, so it will be available just after Summer, possibly during Fall 2012 around the time of an iPhone 5 release.

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We recently asked you for your opinions on which manufacturer should build the device, since it could be a device which is handled solely by Google, or it could be a Nexus branded tablet but designed by Samsung, just like Google’s last two Nexus products in the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus smartphones.

Now though, the latest rumors are suggesting that Google are building their device with the idea that their biggest competitor will actually be the Amazon Kindle Fire, not the most obvious choice in the Apple iPad 3. One of the biggest selling points of the Kindle Fire is its price, as it remains a very attractive proposition for consumers looking for an affordable Android tablet in what is obviously a very expensive tablet market at the moment. The Kindle Fire can be bought right now from Amazon for an impressive $199, half the price of the iPad 2.

Google has seen what Amazon has done with the Kindle Fire, and are looking to introduce a $200 Nexus Tablet with a 7-inch display screen and the latest version of Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Another great thing about the Kindle Fire is that for its cut price, it still offers users a great deal of usability, with the addition of Amazon’s own custom version of Android Gingerbread.

It can only mean good things for consumers if Google are planning to introduce an affordable tablet to compete with the Kindle Fire. Will Apple cough up as well with a cheaper version of the iPad 3? We can’t wait to see what Google has to offer with the Nexus tablet. Six months and counting.