Google Tablet in Six Months: Schmidt
The tablet would likely be marketed under Google's Nexus brand, which also includes smartphones.As the tablet market continues to expand, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt let slip to the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera that the company was planning to directly manufacture tablet devices "of the highest quality" and mentioned a six-month window for production. Google's Android operating system is already running the tablets of major manufacturers like Motorola, HTC and Lenovo. The Google tablet would likely be marketed under the company's Nexus brand, which also includes smartphones. The technology blog DigiTimes posted an article Dec. 26 that quoted unnamed sources in the PC industry in Taiwan as saying that Google's potential launch of its own tablet could "cause conflict with branded PC vendors who are cooperating with Google to launch Ice Cream Sandwich-based tablet PCs in the first half of 2012".
Tablet market leader Apple is rumored to be releasing the third iteration of its iPad tablet in March or April 2012. In the past few months, reports on the Web have indicated that Apple is planning on some sort of higher-resolution display for the next iPad, possibly of the same quality as the "retina display" currently available in later-model iPhones. The company may also release a small-screen version of the iPad later in 2012.