Google I/O stands for Google input/out and “Innovation in the Open”. Every year, this conference draws brilliant developers debating and discussing over web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google, as well as open web technologies such as Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, Google APIs etc. This year the conference would be held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center from June 27th – 29th.
Coming back to the subject of discussion, the upcoming release of the Samsung Galaxy S3 has given birth to innumerable rumors. And while the rumors have not subsided, new rumors have hit the tech world, and this time they are about Google’s upcoming Nexus Tablet. In December, 2011, Google had said in a press release that they would be releasing a Nexus Tablet by the mid of 2012. Now, as we are approaching this deadline, rumors and speculation about the Nexus Tablet are spreading like a virus!
We will walk you through facts we have gathered and also what out think-tank thinks!
Nexus Tablet to be manufactured by ASUS
Speculations are ripe that Google has had trouble finding the appropriate hardware manufacturer for its software releases. With its first tie up with HTC for producing the first ever Android phone, the G1, Google has since then not been able to find the right partner. G2, another brilliant android phone from Google, was not much hyped. However, it gained more popularity across the world in the name of HTC Desire Z that had HTC’s latest Sense UI.
The Nexus One received lukewarm reception. This forced Google to try roping in other manufacturers for their later phones and tablets. As we all know, Google works on a rotation type system. However, we are also sure that Google is counting on the success of their Nexus line of phones and tablets. In fact, Google wants to set a benchmark for android devices with their Nexus line of phones and tablets.
With a profitable and smooth partnership with Samsung, Google is all set to launch the popular Galaxy Nexus. This would be the first phone to have the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
Samsung has already created a name in the android market with a series of successful phones and tablets. We sense Google trying to create a similar name in the domain with its first ever tablet. Rumors also suggest that Google has joined hands with ASUS for manufacturing the first Nexus Tablet. This tablet, according to sources, would be similar to ASUS Memo 370T 7″ tablet. Industry sources say that ASUS has postponed the release of their Memo Tablet to propagate Nexus Tablet!
Specifications of the Nexus Tablet
Many believed that the Nexus tablet would run on the NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 3 processor. However, this is old news as Google has (most probably) dropped this idea to make it affordable for the majority. This is not official news. Still, we believe that the Nexus tablet would house ASUS dual-core Snapdragon S4. We believe that Google should not compromise on the quality of the processor at the cost of the device, as users focus on speed of the device as much as they look for affordability.
Some other specs of the Nexus tablet may be:
• 7″ screen
• 1GB Ram
• 1280×800 resolution
• front and rear camera
The ASUS Memo 370T had a price tag of $250. And this was a cheap phone considering the high end specs it boasts of. Tech critics and users suggested that the Nexus Tablet would vary between $199 and $249. Now as we believe that Google has (most probably) dropped this idea of housing the NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 3 processor, we think the price may come down to $149-$199. Would that not be even lesser than the cost of Kindle Fire or the Nook Tablet? We are pretty sure that the Nexus Tablet would have a competitive price. We are also sure that it would be a responsive device, thanks to the high-end software/hardware integration.
Launch of Google Nexus Tablet
The CTIA Wireless Trade Show 2012 is being held from May 8 – May 10 in New Orleans. Sources say that this show would witness the launch of the Nexus Tablet. However, news is also that the same would be launched at the Google IO 2012 event held between June 27 and June 29 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Naturally, the release would follow after an intense marketing strategy and publicity.
Where does the Nexus Tablet stand?
Apple has already released their iPad 3. And this phone boasts of Retina display, although this comes heavy on battery. Soon, the Transformer Infinity Pad from ASUS would dominate the high-end Android device market. Samsung are taking no chances and adding more devices to the Galaxy Tab line up. Lenovo, Toshiba and other tech companies are also following suit. Other manufacturers are also releasing low- to mid-range ICS tablets every now and then.
Of course, the Android domain is not slow in doling out new devices. However, we cannot say when the Nexus Tablet would be available for purchase. The cost of Nexus Tablet is surely an attractive point. However, android market is already saturated, and what is to be seen is whether users would give a large welcome to the Nexus Tablet.
Check out this site https://developers.google.com/events/io/faq to know more about the Google IO 2012 and the rumored announcement for the Nexus Tablet. What do you think about the Nexus tablet? Would it be the ‘next’ android device? Would it set a new trend? Keep thinking as we wait for this latest from Google.