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Google to battle Apple with a state-of-the-art Tablet‏

26 Jun
A leaked shot of the Google Nexus tablet - a seven-inch machine which may make apple pay attention

First glimpse: A leaked shot of the Google Nexus tablet – a seven-inch machine which may make apple pay attention

Google is taking a shot at stealing the  iPad’s throne with a seven-inch ‘Nexus’ tablet.

The tablet, which is set to be officially  announced at Google’s developers conference starting on Wednesday, will be named  ‘Nexus’, which Google gives to all of its flagship machines.

The tablet is said to be available in a  white-and-black finish, and contain a high-end ‘Tegra3’ quad-core chip, pitching  it against top-of the-range devices and yet at an extremely competitive price – $250 for the 16GB model, and $199 for the 8GB model. If these prices translate to the UK – which  is possible, if Google’s aim is to get the tablet established in the market – that is £160 and £128 respectively. Android tablets are nothing new, and there  have been a batch of good models from the likes of Acer and Samsung, but now  Google is fighting with its teeth. Building a tablet in-house means ends-to-end  quality control, and Google may be able to shave the budget right down to the  bone with a product that works as a loss-leader’ rather than a for-profit  device.

Android has huge success with their budget  Fire tablet, also based on Android, and it has proved extremely successful in  the U.S.

If Google can replicate this success, it  could take some of the allure from Apple’s great but expensive tablet, as well  as attracting more developers to Android, and ensuring other Android  manufacturers up their game.

Phone Arena released leaked images of what is believed to be the new  tablet, which seems to follow the lines of the bestselling Samsung Galaxy  phones.

From the pictures, it looks like there will be two  cameras. Google-branded handsets are often used as a  showcase for new technologies, with the search giant partnering with different  hardware providers for the software.

The competition: Apple's latest iPad on offers a fantastic experience in the hand - put a painful one in the pocket

The competition: Apple’s latest iPad on offers a fantastic experience in the hand – put a painful one in the pocket

The Windows version of a tablet: A The new Surface was unveiled by Microsoft last week

The Windows version of a tablet: A The new Surface was unveiled by Microsoft last week

The last Google Nexus phone, which introduced  NFC, or contactless payments, was made by Samsung. Nexus phones and presumably tablets always  receive Google software updates at the earliest opportunity, so this tablet is  likely to be the first one to get a ‘Jelly Bean’ upgrade, the next version of  Android which is due in the Autumn.

  A seven-inch also provides a successful stake  against Apple. Apple – at least when ran by Steve Jobs – refused the smaller  size model as Jobs was not a fan.

However, Apple may be about to turn around on  this stance. Manufacturers have allegedly received orders for a seven-inch ‘iPad  Mini’ from Apple.

Other competition comes from Microsoft, which  is finally getting in to the tablet market with Surface, their own operating  system based off the back of Windows.  The first appearance of the Surface was  welcomed by tech pundits, but it is likely to be priced as a premium  model.

One thing that is not known is whether the  tablet will have a 3G SIM slot for mobile broadband.

Google may choose to save  on the cost, and make use of the ability of Android phones to share their  internet wirelessly with other devices.

The Google conference, known as the I/O  conference or the Input/Output conference, starts in San Francisco on  Wednesday.

The conference is expected to include  information and launch dates for Google’s latest 3D mapping projects and other  projects bubbling away in the Google labs.

Read My previous Post about the Tablet Battle here:

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