Google Nexus tablet image, specs leak ahead of Wednesday announcement

By on June 25, 2012 at 10:10 AM.

Google Nexus tablet image, specs leak ahead of Wednesday announcement

Google Nexus Tablet Specs

Renders and a variety of details surrounding the upcoming Google Nexus tablet have seemingly leaked just days ahead of the slate’s unveiling, which reports suggest will be occur on Wednesday at the Google I/O conference. Gizmodo Australia reports that the “Nexus 7” tablet will feature a 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, a GeForce 12-core GPU, a 7-inch display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and 1GB of RAM. The ASUS-built device will apparently be available in two different models that vary by storage capacity — an 8GB version will launch for $199 and a 16GB model will cost $249. The rumored pricing aligns with numerous earlier reports and significantly undercuts Apple’s iPad tablets, though Apple is said to be prepping an “iPad mini” that will be released later this year and may cost between $200 and $250. More →

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Google’s Nexus tablet to be unveiled next week

By on June 19, 2012 at 12:05 PM.

Google’s Nexus tablet to be unveiled next week

Google Nexus Tablet Launch Rumor

Google chairman Eric Schmidt revealed in December that the company was working on its first own-brand tablet, and the “Nexus 7” slate will finally be unveiled next week during the Google I/O developer conference, according to multiple reports. The last reaffirmation comes from DigiTimes, which has reported a number of details surrounding Google’s upcoming tablet that will seemingly prove accurate. The site’s anonymous supply chain sources have previously stated that Google’s next major Android release, Jelly Bean, would come in the second quarter, and it reported later that Nexus tablet shipments would begin in June ahead of a July launch. As is the case with Microsoft’s Surface tablet, which was unveiled on Monday, it remains to be seen how Google’s own hardware efforts will impact its Android partners, some of which already seem to be exploring different ways to separate themselves from the pack or even ramping up efforts with new platforms. Google I/O begins on June 27th. More →

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Google Nexus tablet confirmed in benchmark tests

By on May 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM.

Google Nexus tablet confirmed in benchmark tests

Google Nexus Tablet Benchmarks

Google’s Nexus tablet has seemingly been confirmed by Rightware’s Power Board benchmark test result site. The rumored device recently appeared in the results database and is confirmed to feature a 7-inch display with a resolution of 768 x 1,280 pixels and a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. The benchmarks also confirm that ASUS is the manufacturer, and the device is running Android 4.1 with the build JRN51B, the “J” likely indicating Jelly Bean. The tablet is listed under the name “Google Asus Nexus 7″ and it bears the code name “Grouper,” which lines up with Google’s previous fish-based code names for its Nexus devices. Google’s Nexus tablet is expected to be unveiled at the company’s annual i/O Developer Conference that will take place in San Francisco from June 27th to June 29th — the device is rumored to retail for between $199 and $249. Additional details from the benchmark test results follows below. More →

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Google's Nexus tablet to launch in July, report claims

By on May 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM.

Google's Nexus tablet to launch in July, report claims

Google Nexus Tablet Launch

Google’s Nexus tablet will reportedly ship in June with an initial volume of 600,000 units per month, according to Digitimes. The slate, which is being co-developed by ASUS, is set to be released in July according to the report. The publications claims that Google originally planned to release its 7-inch tablet in May, however the design of the device did not meet its expectations and the cost was too high. As a result, the product was delayed until July for some minor adjustments. The Internet giant has high hopes for its own-brand tablet, shipments of which are expected to reach between 2 million and 2.5 million units in 2012. Previous rumors claim the Wi-Fi-only tablet will be equipped with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and could cost as little as $199. The slate may be unveiled at Google’s annual I/O conference, which begins on June 27th. More →

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Google Nexus tablet reportedly delayed until July

By on April 6, 2012 at 8:55 AM.

Google Nexus tablet reportedly delayed until July

The Google-branded Nexus tablet the search giant is rumored to be co-developing with ASUS may be pushed back until July. Earlier reports had the device slated for launch some time in June, with an unveiling possibly set for Google’s annual I/O conference on June 27th. Unnamed sources informed The Verge on Friday that Google pushed back its planned release so it could tweak the device, however. The 7-inch tablet is supposedly equipped with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Wi-Fi connectivity. The device would reportedly cost $249 in its current state, but Google and ASUS are both looking to reduce the price. Earlier rumors indicted that the Mountain View-based company was attempting to offer the tablet for as little as $149. It has also been speculated that Google could be delaying the planned release in order to pre-load its tablet with the next version of Android — Jelly Bean. The Verge claims this scenario is unlikely though, as the current product is designed for Android 4.0. More →

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Google’s Nexus Tablet possibly revealed in leaked images

By on April 3, 2012 at 12:55 PM.

Google’s Nexus Tablet possibly revealed in leaked images

It is widely believed that Google will enter the tablet market in 2012 with a self-branded 7-inch Android tablet. Earlier rumors indicated that the Internet giant had teamed up with ASUS and a Google-branded tablet is reportedly a “done deal.” Pocketnow on Tuesday published what it believes to be a press image of Google’s Nexus tablet, although the blog received no other details. The image reveals a very familiar design with a full-sized SD slot, a microUSB connector and a micro HDMI port. The icons on the display reveal that the render was clearly done before Google’s massive Play rebranding, so things may have changed slightly since the images were made. It should also be noted that the company’s previous “Nexus” devices offered no expandable storage. Google’s tablet is expected to enter production this month and ship around June. The slate could be unveiled at Google’s annual I/O conference on June 27th if earlier rumors pan out. More →

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Google to launch its own online tablet store, report claims

By on March 29, 2012 at 6:55 PM.

Google to launch its own online tablet store, report claims

Google is planning to market and sell tablets directly to consumers through its own online store, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The paper’s anonymous sources say the search giant hopes the move will turn around the slow adoption rate of its Android-powered tablets. The Mountain View-based company will reportedly look toward its partners such as Samsung and ASUS to manufacture devices for the shop, with the latter creating a Google-branded tablet to be sold in the store later this year. The Journal’s sources also confirmed previous reports that stated the next version of Google’s Android operating system, called Jelly Bean, will be released in the middle of this year. More →

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Google’s $199 Nexus tablet may pressure vendors to cut prices

By on March 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM.

Google’s $199 Nexus tablet may pressure vendors to cut prices

It is widely believed that Google will entere the tablet market in 2012 with an own-branded 7-inch Android tablet. The search giant has reportedly partnered with ASUS to build a $199 device that will compete against Amazon’s Kindle Fire. These low-cost tablets are expected to have a big impact on the entry-level tablet market and apply pressure to other vendors such as Acer, Lenovo and Samsung Electronics to cut prices, DigiTimes reported on Wednesday. The average gross margin on tablets is roughly 10% to 15% the report said, however as prices continue to drop and internal component costs increase, gross margins are expected to drop rapidly, forcing vendors and component makers to fight over narrowing profits. Google’s Nexus tablet is reportedly a “done deal” and should enter production in April and ship around June. The slate could be unveiled at Google’s annual I/O conference on June 27th if earlier rumors pan out. More →

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Low cost tablets to control 60% of the market by 2016

By on March 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM.

Low cost tablets to control 60% of the market by 2016

Since Apple introduced its iPad tablet more than two years ago, the market the market it revived has been approached by nearly every other PC and smartphone vendor. By market research firm ABI Research’s count, there are currently more than 220 tablet models available worldwide. While Apple’s iPad remains the market leader, ABI predicts that by 2016, 60% of the market will be occupied by sub-$400 tablets like the Kindle Fire and Google’s rumored Nexus Tab. “The majority of new entrant media tablet models have been in the sub-$400 segment that focuses on growth markets like India and China,” said Jeff Orr, group director of consumer research. “The strong wave of growth in this segment over the next few years is expected to be driven by the adoption in emerging markets.” ABI also predicts that eReaders will continue to see accelerated growth, with total shipments projected to grow more than 20% in 2012. ABI Research’s press release follows below. More →

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Google Nexus tablet ‘a done deal,’ report says

By on March 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM.

Google Nexus tablet ‘a done deal,’ report says

Google chairman Eric Schmidt started a firestorm when he was quoted saying the company planned to “market a tablet of the highest quality.” Since then, speculation surrounding a Google-branded slate has nearly spiraled out of control. DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim recently fueled the fire, suggesting that a Nexus-branded tablet will enter production in April for an initial run of between 1.5 million and 2 million units. Further reports also suggested that the Mountain View-based company had reached out to ASUS to design the Google-branded slate based on its Eee Pad MeMo tablet. Now, a new rumor suggests that ASUS has scrapped its $249 MeMo to focus solely on the “Nexus tablet.” Read on for more. More →

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Android tablet vendors may not survive an ‘iPad mini’

By on March 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM.

Android tablet vendors may not survive an ‘iPad mini’

Samsung, Asus and other Android tablet vendors are reportedly very concerned over rumors that Apple is working on a 7.85-inch version of its iPad tablet, currently referred to as the “iPad mini.” Apple sold more than 15 million post-PC slates in the December quarter last year, and Android tablet makers are said to be concerned that a smaller, cheaper version of Apple’s wildly popular tablet will make it extremely difficult to remain competitive in the space. Moreover, Google is said to be prepping an own-brand 7-inch Nexus tablet to launch later this year, which will likely make it even more difficult for Android partners to competeDigiTimes’s sources said “non-Apple” tablet vendors are fine for the time being thanks to the growing popularity of the 7-inch tablet space. If Apple and Google do release mid-sized tablets of their own, however, companies like Samsung and Asus “may soon have difficulty to survive” according to the site’s sources. More →

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ASUS rumored to produce Google’s ‘Nexus Tablet’ featuring quad-core Tegra 3

By on March 5, 2012 at 7:29 PM.

ASUS rumored to produce Google’s ‘Nexus Tablet’ featuring quad-core Tegra 3

Speculation surrounding a Google-branded Android tablet is ramping up with a new rumor suggesting that the search giant has partnered with ASUS to release a 7-inch tablet, an Android fan site reported on Monday. The slate is expected to retail for $199 and include a quad-core Tegra 3 processor with a stock version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich. According to the blog, Google was highly impressed with ASUS’ previously announced $249 MeMo tablet. The Mountain View-based company reached out to ASUS to see if they could reduce the cost of materials — possibly internal storage —  and reach the coveted $199 price point. The final product name is unknown, although the company has been reportedly purchasing domains referring to “Google Play.” The tablet should enter production in April and ship around June, possibly at the company’s annual I/O conference on June 27th if these rumors pan out. More →

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Google’s Nexus tablet may enter production in April

By on February 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM.

Google’s Nexus tablet may enter production in April

Speculation surrounding an own-brand Google tablet began late last year when Google chairman Eric Schmidt was quoted as saying the company planned to soon “market a tablet of the highest quality.” The slate is expected by many to be a 7-inch Nexus-branded device that will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and compete with the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet at $199. The device could also push some Android partners out of the tablet market. Speaking with CNET, DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim stoked the fire, noting that the Google slate will enter production in April and the initial run will yield between 1.5 million and 2 million units. Shim also said that the Nexus Tablet will feature a high-resolution 1,280 x 800-pixel 7-inch display, besting Amazon’s 1,024 x 600-pixel panel. “I don’t know how they plan on marketing it,” Shim said. “If it’s going to be a premium device, or if it’s going to be a Kindle Fire type competitor.” April production could mean the tablet will launch as soon as the second quarter this year. More →

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