BY | February 27, 2012

Google Tablet rumors are doing the rounds in tech circles. Many wonder if it will be 7 or 10 inch tablet

Rumor over a Google tablet had almost vanished for a moment. But, the former Google CEO Richard Eric Schmidt has again set off gossips over Google Tablet in a function in Italy. He said that the Google would bring a tablet of highest quality in six months. That means we might expect a Google produced Android tablet, possibly named Google Nexus Tablet from Mountain View before this summer. In style of its famous Android reference smartphones, Google may likely name its tablet Nexus, but not sure, indeed. Anyway, here we share some expectations on the possible features of Google Tablet.

A 7-incher
There is less chance that Google might aim an outright fight with Apple. There are already a number of Android tablets in shelves in competition to iPad. So expected to become a 7-inch tablet, it will be a threat more for Amazon Kindle Fire. Taking advantage of huge Google content – Google Books, YouTube and Google Music, a Google Nexus tablet can fight Kindle Fire well.

It seems that the 7-inch tablet market has flourished a lot after Kindle Fire. Many tech makers including Samsung, Motorola, Toshiba and Lenovo have turned their attention towards the market with better quality products. Rumors even predict Apple’s possible entry with a 7-inch iPad Mini late year.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich
It is a rather sensible and easy guess. Google might run the latest Android version on its tablet if it comes out. If the device is to come before the summer, it might feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If the tablet is to arrive late this year, there might be a new Android update, Android 5.0 Jelly Bean, the rumored next gen Android.

Display screen
As per an OLED-Display rumor, Google Android tablet will come with 7-inch display, developed by Samsung. Google seems to have tied up with the South Korean display giant to build 1024 x 600 panels for its future tablet, the rumor says.

A media tablet
A media tablet means a tablet with robust multimedia features. Kindle Fire is partially a media tablet, not completely because it has limited hardware. Google has rich resources to produce a media tablet. With content from sources like Google Books, Google Music and YouTube, its 7-inch tablet can become a better media tablet. Users can enjoy seamless content for free on a Google tablet.

Holo UI
Google recently announced that all Android 4.0 ICS devices should come with its default theme, Holo. Of course, we can expect that Google Tablet will also come with the Google default UI.

Release date
The most reasonable guess for the release of a Google Tablet is this summer. Yes, Schmidt has said it will come in six months.

Price
Google might price its tablet not higher than $199, the famous price of Amazon Kindle Fire. Even if the company loses money, it will have to sell the gadget for that price. Like Amazon, Google can also compensate the loss through other sources of income like media sales.

What others say?
Brooke Crothers of CNet is bemused of Google’s need for a 7-inch tablet in wake of its Motorola’s acquisition. Crothers says that once Google finishes the projected takeover, it will gain ownership of all Moto Android tablets. So, why it needs one 7-inch Android tablet of its own? Motorola already has three Android tablets; the original 10.1-inch Xoom and two Xyboards a 10.1-inch (Xoom 2) and an 8.2-inch.

Meanwhile, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes of ZDNet thinks that Google might be caught up with the success of the small form-factor tablet market.

“Perhaps it’s driven by the rumors that Apple is working on a ‘mini’ iPad 3, or maybe it’s purely a response to Amazon’s success with a smaller, cheaper Kindle Fire. It’s clear that Apple has the large form-factor tablet market stitched up, and given Motorola’s mediocre success with tablets that compete against the iPad, maybe Google feels that there’s a space at the smaller form-factor end of market.”

Sum-up
The question whether there is a space for a Google branded tablet is pointless actually. Google found a better place for its Nexus series of Android phones. So like, the tablet market might also welcome a Google product as well.

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