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Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has teased that his company plans to release an Android-powered "Nexus" tablet within the next six months to take on Apple's market leading iPad.

Schmidt's comments, in which he said the device will be "a tablet of the highest quality," came in an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera (via Slash Gear). The comments signal that Google plans to make another push to counter Apple's iPad.

Google's first formal attempt to break into the tablet market came earlier this year with the Motorola Xoom, which ran a tablet-exclusive operating system in Android 3.0. But the Xoom failed to catch on while Apple continued to see record sales of the iPad.

The latest version of the Android, dubbed "Ice Cream Sandwich," unites Honeycomb, the tablet-specific variant of the mobile operating system, with Gingerbread, which was designed for smartphones. It debuted last month on the Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

The Nexus branding is used by Google to highlight "pure" Android devices that ship with the stock version of the operating system. Though Google championed Motorola's Xoom at launch, it did not gain the Nexus branding.



Android tablets have struggled thus far, and even failed to outsell HP's discontinued TouchPad, which saw its sales bolstered by a $99 fire sale. Recent reports have suggested that Amazon's Kindle Fire, which runs a heavily modified version of Android and grants users access to Amazon's own application store, has taken the number two spot in tablet sales since it debuted last month.

Schmidt also confirmed in the interview that Google plans to leverage its own voice recognition technology to compete with Apple's Siri, found in the iPhone 4S. One rumor published last week claimed that Google is preparing its own voice assistant, code-named "Majel," to counter Siri.
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Is this pretty much the same Google/LG Nexus tablet rumor from earlier in the year? I'll believe it when I see it.
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And every developer is going to be dying to develop for Android soon.



Google suffers from verbal diarrhea.

Just you wait, in 6 months, blah blah blah.

With Android, it's always about 6 months from now, never today.
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In seeming unrelated but possibly could be related news:

British Telecom sues Google on multiple patent breaches


BT, the U.K. telecoms company, has launched legal action in the U.S. against Google (GOOG-Q622.86-3.10-0.50%) for patent infringement in a number of areas crucial to the U.S. technology groups search, maps and music services, as well as its Android phone platform.

BT claims infringement of patents in technologies behind location-based services, navigation and guidance information, as well as access to mobile services and content.

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I thought the LG rumor was the phone, hence the rumored name nexus prime.

No, I'm pretty certain it was a tablet.

I'll post the link when I find it. Should be just a few.

EDIT: This was a fairly easy find. Reported by several different sources earlier in the year.
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-20048237-251.html
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Google's going to sell iPads?

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post #7 of 149
One would think it was to use Kindle friendly Mirasol though the voice comment seems irrelevant.
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Eric, great hardware isn't your problem (though it is an issue)...

It's your total cluelessness on user experience and the continued botching of it regardless of the great talent in UX you probably have.

Problem is when it come to user experience Google is one of those companies that just doesn't get it as an organization... and even with some talented folks they just can get it done.

I have to give Microsoft, they finally let their talent get product out the door in WinPhone... it's a different take on phone UX and one that works very well if their user model fits your way.
post #9 of 149
They must be planning to license iOS, nice.
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Eric Schmidt sure likes to predict great things that will happen 6 months or more from now. That must be how long it takes most of us to forget what he said. The other way to read his latest proclamation is that every Android tablet currently on the market is a piece of crap
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I have to give Microsoft, they finally let their talent get product out the door in WinPhone... it's a different take on phone UX and one that works very well if their user model fits your way.

In seeming unrelated but possibly could be related news: (Kidding Island Hermit)

Novell brought suit against Microsoft for anti-competitive behavior (WordPerfect, Quattro), with the trial just ending in a hung jury, 11-1 in favor of Novell. Even the 12th juror was convinced MS was guilty, just not comfortable with the level of harm.

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?s...11218130045750
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post #12 of 149
and it will be up against the newly released iPad 3. A bit of competition cant hurt.
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So is the reverse inference that none of the current Android tablets are of the highest quality?
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I can't complain about this. I'd love to see them release a superior tablet.
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We can laugh all we want, but Android already owns the market. He wants to own the tablet market and will eventually get there next year. It's gotten to the point where the differences between Android and iOS is nearly gone. Google did a great job flanking Apple and Jobs with Android...they won before the end of 2011. Its just up and away in 2012.
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As I expected, the Kindle Fire seems to be just crushing the Android tablets at Apple's price point, while the iPad itself continues to sell briskly. So the choice is clear: if you want a cheap tablet, get a Fire. If you want a nice tablet, get an iPad. There is no room for the also-rans, and this explains why so many PC makers have "decided" to exit the tablet market space. But it's not so much that they "decided" as it is that the consumer decided for them.
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And every developer is going to be dying to develop for Android soon.



Google suffers from verbal diarrhea.

Just you wait, in 6 months, blah blah blah.

With Android, it's always about 6 months from now, never today.

Is that direct app revenue or does it include ad revenue. I think the latter should be used when dealing with a platform's ability to turn a profit.



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We can laugh all we want, but Android already owns the market. He wants to own the tablet market and will eventually get there next year. It's gotten to the point where the differences between Android and iOS is nearly gone. Google did a great job flanking Apple and Jobs with Android...they won before the end of 2011. Its just up and away in 2012.

Someone is looking for negative attention with their post but you missed some key jargon if your playing Troll Bingo.

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We can laugh all we want, but Android already owns the market. He wants to own the tablet market and will eventually get there next year. It's gotten to the point where the differences between Android and iOS is nearly gone. Google did a great job flanking Apple and Jobs with Android...they won before the end of 2011. Its just up and away in 2012.

I disagree wholeheartedly that "the differences between Android and iOS is (sic) nearly gone". While anyone who claims one to be clearly superior over the other is not being objective, they are definitely very different OSes. The design philosophies are different. The foundations are different. How you develop for them are different. The feel is different. What you are allowed to do are different. Many apps behave differently on the two platforms.

Anyone who has truly used both would never say the differences between them are gone.
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So if I were an Android partner, selling an Android tablet today, I'd be pretty pissed off that Eric just undermined the sales of my current product.

"Hi Eric, I'd like to have a one-on-one meeting with you, so I can kick you in the nuts."

Larry Page, I used to be a huge Google fan, and still am (but much less so -- because, well, ya kinda remind me of Microsoft now). I like what you've done for Google recently -- please fire your ex-CEO. He's a nightmare. I'll like you a lot better once that foob is outta there.
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Even if Google releases a tablet that is not only on par with the iPad in 6 months but BETTER....they are going to face some serious obstacles:
  • Apple is totally dominant in marketshare.
  • Apple has the dominant content delibery ecosystem (iTunes).
  • In 6 months, Apple will be shipping iPad 3's with Retina displays, better cameras, faster processors, much better graphics and who knows what else.
  • The iPad is a household name now. It's going to be even more so in 6 months. Gaining momentum when Apple's iPad will be in an even stronger position? Good luck.
  • There is no "tablet market"--there is a market for iPads and Kindles. People don't say "I want a tablet, let me choose which one is best for me." They say "I want an iPad...or maybe I don't need that much, so I'll go with a Kindle Fire instead."
  • Android continues to suffer from bad fragmentation in phones. This can't be good for their tablets, which in many cases run different OS's than those phones. Apple doesn't have this problem with iOS, the iPad and iPhone.
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Highest quality? I'll take the Transformer Prime any time, thank you very much. Google need not bother for now.

Instead, Google should focus on bringing the tablet price down if they want a chance in the market. The entry level iPad is cheaper than any high-range Android tablet. Why would an unbiased user bother with Android?
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So is the reverse inference that none of the current Android tablets are of the highest quality?

What's the point of trying to catch Schmidt with his words? He's not reading this.
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It means they are still 6 months away from fully cloning the features. , Their innovative 3D interface was greatly applauded hence they are in process of removing one dimension from it.
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Even if Google releases a tablet that is not only on par with the iPad in 6 months but BETTER....they are going to face some serious obstacles:
  • Apple is totally dominant in marketshare.
  • Apple has the dominant content delibery ecosystem (iTunes).
  • In 6 months, Apple will be shipping iPad 3's with Retina displays, better cameras, faster processors, much better graphics and who knows what else.
  • The iPad is a household name now. It's going to be even more so in 6 months. Gaining momentum when Apple's iPad will be in an even stronger position? Good luck.
  • There is no "tablet market"--there is a market for iPads and Kindles. People don't say "I want a tablet, let me choose which one is best for me." They say "I want an iPad...or maybe I don't need that much, so I'll go with a Kindle Fire instead."
  • Android continues to suffer from bad fragmentation in phones. This can't be good for their tablets, which in many cases run different OS's than those phones. Apple doesn't have this problem with iOS, the iPad and iPhone.

Overall, if you look beyond music, iTunes is NOT the dominant content delibery ecosystem. Nor is it the dominant content delivery ecosystem.
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Is that direct app revenue or does it include ad revenue. I think the latter should be used when dealing with a platform's ability to turn a profit.

I saw it on this site:

http://www.networkworld.com/communit...ent-dead-wrong

And Google never releases any figures, that is pretty telling.

Google last week touted that the Android Marketplace had reached the 10 billion download milestone. Thats an impressive figure, to be sure, but notice how Google did not, and in fact never has, divulged a far more telling metric the amount of money theyve shared with developers thus far. Apple, in contrast, periodically boasts about the money its doled out to iOS developers, with the most recent official figure checking in at over $3.5 billion as of October 2011.
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Good for them.

I'm going to release a new type of car that will do 500 miles to the gallon while sucking in CO2 and putting out beautifully clean Oxygen.

Look out for it, in about six months........
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...and within 6 months the iPad 3 will be out (and perhaps iOS6 as well). So they'll have entirely new benchmark to be measured against.
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Originally Posted by slapppy View Post

We can laugh all we want, but Android already owns the market. He wants to own the tablet market and will eventually get there next year. It's gotten to the point where the differences between Android and iOS is nearly gone. Google did a great job flanking Apple and Jobs with Android...they won before the end of 2011. Its just up and away in 2012.

If Android has "won" then why is Apple still making all the profit? Why is Apple still all anyone in the tech world talks about? Why is everything compared to Apple and its products? Why is the iPhone to top selling smartphone in the world? Why is the iPad the one to beat? Why is everything touted as an Apple "killer?" Why do devopers still prefer iOS in the face of this juggernaut called Android? Why were Android users asking Schmidt when developers would be Android first? Why, why, why?

Slappy, old buddy, old pal, you've been predicting the demise of Apple since you joined this forum. It hasn't quite worked out that way yet has it? Why?
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Is there anything called an "Andriod Killer" ?
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Is there anything called an "Andriod Killer" ?

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We can laugh all we want, but Android already owns the market. He wants to own the tablet market and will eventually get there next year. It's gotten to the point where the differences between Android and iOS is nearly gone. Google did a great job flanking Apple and Jobs with Android...they won before the end of 2011. Its just up and away in 2012.

First, define " the market". Smart phone? OK, maybe that's true, but not to the Android phone manufacturer's benefit. Apple still makes all the money regardless of market share. And we all know that basically except for a few high end phones basically Android phones are given away. Not hard to take market share when you give your shit away. But again, who is earning the money here?

So you say Android will own the tablet market? How? There's nobody around to give all those tablets away like the smart phones. People have to actually buy them at full price, and if you do a comparison, there is no comparison. Android devices fail on both the hardware and software front.

Apple is like a race car driver who has the car in high gear with everyone else stuck in a pack, jockeying for position to get to the front and then try to overtake Apple, who is already about 20 lengths ahead.
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Apparently Google is the new Microsoft. Obviously, once again they're copying Apple, but now they're taking pages right out of the M$ playbook - "ah, but we'll have one of those in 6 months too!" (Always 6mo - 1yr away.)
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Eric's just talking Schmidt.
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The ironic thing is that Google is not even making that much money from mobile, aside from its mobile ad display network (from AdMob purchase). And, 2/3 of the mobile search revenue they generate comes from the iPhone

Does anyone know what % of revenue Apple receives from Google for search advertising? I bet it is over 80%.

I also bet that Apple is making more in the mobile search revenues than Google

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Is there anything called an "Andriod Killer" ?

Sarah Connor.

Oh wait, that's Cyborg killer, sorry.
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I want an iPad!
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Originally Posted by mytdave View Post

Apparently Google is the new Microsoft. Obviously, once again they're copying Apple, but now they're taking pages right out of the M$ playbook - "ah, but we'll have one of those in 6 months too!" (Always 6mo - 1yr away.)

Google has been doing this for a long time: http://m.techcrunch.com/2011/12/08/v-iday/

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Is that direct app revenue or does it include ad revenue. I think the latter should be used when dealing with a platform's ability to turn a profit.




Someone is looking for negative attention with their post but you missed some key jargon if your playing Troll Bingo.

I've been here since 2008. I'm no troll. Just telling it like it is. We can keep pretending, but from what I am seeing from 2007 to 2011, Android has pretty much steamrollered on Apple. We all know how Google did it by being underhanded and "evil", but it works. Schmidt should be ashamed of himself for backstabbing Mr. Jobs and Apple and staying on the board to glean as much info out of Apple for his Android platform.
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While Apple and Google are competing in tablet OS, I'm curious to see how successful Microsoft Windows 8 will be when it's launched next year. Since it will be compatible with both tablets and PCs, and assuming it works well, I'm guessing it will take back some market share from the tablet market.
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does this mean another funeral to attend? Will the Google funeral be better than the Microsoft one?
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