Google Nexus tablet in the making

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    Google Nexus tablet is in the making. Google chairman Eric Schmidt has revealed that the firm will begin promoting the first probable official Nexus tablet within the next six months. This is the latest step and revelation in the “brutal competition” between it and Apple.

    Schmidt was reported to have stated to the media, “In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality.” He also confirmed that Google plans to leverage its voice recognition technology to better challenge Apple’s Siri.

    Schmidt tried hard to praise Apple co-founder Steve Jobs for his contribution in changing the tablet from vertical and enterprise markets to a consumer-centric product.

    He said, “Steve Jobs was the Michelangelo of our time, [he] realized the revolutionary potential of the tablet and has created an amazing product like the iPad. However, our companies compete. It is capitalism.”

    Schmidt missed out on giving the exact details about the upcoming tablet and neither did he make clear whether the slate will be specifically branded as Google’s Nexus or be a model by some other manufacturer.

    Even earlier in the year a strategy much like this was incorporated. Then Google had worked with Motorola to launch the XOOM, the first Honeycomb tablet on the market.

    Now, of course, Google is partway through the process of acquiring Motorola Mobility, and could well use its closer ties with the company to develop a true Google Nexus tablet. Whatever the manufacturer, the slate will likely use Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android; the tablet UI for ICS was discovered accessible in the Galaxy Nexus late last week.

    The Nexus range has been used by Google to push its interpretation of how the smartphone should evolve. HTC-made Nexus One was the first model of this kind. It led the market in processor speed, while its successor, the Samsung-made Nexus S, introduced features like NFC. After that the Galaxy Nexus was launched that debuted the ICS.

    Google first tried to enter the tablet market at the beginning of this year with the Motorola Xoom. Xoom ran a tablet-exclusive operating system in Android 3.0. However, Xoom lost out on the sales run iPad as Apple went on to have record sales of the iPad.

    Android’s latest version is called “Ice Cream Sandwich” that debuted last month on the Galaxy Nexus smartphone. It combines Honeycomb, the tablet-specific variant of the mobile operating system, with Gingerbread, which was for smartphones.

    Google uses the Nexus branding to highlight “pure” Android devices that ship with the stock version of the operating system.

    In the statement, Schmidt also confirmed that Google plans to leverage its own voice recognition technology to compete with Apple’s Siri, found in the much-loved iPhone 4S. The voice recognition technology is rumoured to be code-named “Majel”.