Google Rumored to Be Planning Huawei-Built 7-Inch Tablet
The tablet would include 4GB of memory, but few other details are known at this time, according to a report by a well-known tipster.Google is planning a 7-inch tablet computer that will be built by Huawei and offered for sale by the end of 2016, according to a Twitter post by well-known IT tipster Evan Blass.
"Google's Huawei-built 7-inch tablet, with 4GB RAM, on track for release before the end of the year," Blass wrote in the recent post, which lacked any additional details. Google's last 7-inch Android tablet was the Nexus 7. Blass' Twitter handle is @evleaks.
The rumored machine could be announced by Google in October, when several other announcements are expected, including the first Google Daydream VR headset, a new Chromecast dongle and two new smartphones that have also been the subject of rumors.
The two smartphone models, which are apparently being designed by Google itself rather than by third-party manufacturers, have been rumored since June, according to an earlier eWEEK story. By directly designing the devices, Google could have more control and oversight of its hugely popular Android mobile operating system, which could help it take on Apple more directly in the smartphone wars, the story reported.Google has offered Android handsets in the past through arrangements with manufacturers such as HTC, Huawei and others, but those handsets were designed by those companies and carried Google Nexus nameplates, without Google's own designs. Google has not previously designed and built its own phones. Earlier in September, Google suspended one of its other recent smartphone initiatives, its Project Ara smartphone effort, which began in 2013 with the concept of designing a phone platform that would incorporate a wide array of camera, audio and other modules as desired by users. Project Ara was ended as part of an effort to streamline the company's hardware efforts, even after its progress was touted at Google's I/O developer conference earlier this year. The company had said at that time that is expected to ship a developer edition of Project Ara this fall. The Ara phones centered on a baseplate or frame that incorporated a display, CPU, graphics processing unit, sensors and all the functionality of a standard smartphone.