Towards the end of last year, we asked you for your thoughts on whether Samsung should build Google’s upcoming ‘Nexus’ tablet, or if Google should just build it themselves. Now, a surprise rumor is floating around this week suggesting that ASUS may actually emerge as the front runner in the face to build the coveted Google tablet.
Don’t forget that this the same ASUS that were in the headlines just hours ago for apparently confirming to the world that Android 5.0 will indeed be known as Jelly Bean and that the Taiwanese company may be one of the first to support the new software.
Now a rumor over at AndroidandMe claims that Google has approached ASUS to build their highly anticipated Nexus tablet, with a key area of focus trying to get the tablet to enter the market at the golden $199 mark, which would obviously send consumers into delirium. Further details also add weight to the idea that the Google Nexus tablet will feature a Tegra 3 quad-core processor as well as a stock version of Ice Cream Sandwich as standard.
Eric Schmidt was recently quoted as saying that their tablet was ‘six months away from release’, which means that we could be seeing this just after Summer of this year. This may be a long shot, but we wouldn’t rule out the possibility of this Google Nexus tablet being the first device to run Jelly Bean either.
We’re not saying that it will launch with Jelly Bean, but it would obviously be very logical for Google’s own branded device to run the new software before any other device, rather than the Motorola Xoom which carried Honeycomb first before it. This rumor also seems to intertwine with the ASUS Jelly Bean report as well, so we’re looking forward to hearing some more gossip soon.
What are your thoughts on this upcoming Nexus tablet from Google? Has Samsung been shunted out of the picture for good after the Galaxy Nexus, in favor of ASUS – makers of the impressive Transformer Prime?