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Google and Asus are gearing up to release a co-developed 7-inch tablet in July with initial shipments of 600,000 units, according to a new unverified report.

Taiwan's DigiTimes claimed on Thursday that, according to sources from the upstream supply chain, shipments of the device will begin in June in preparation for a July launch.

"Google originally planned to release its entry-level 7-inch tablet PC in May, but design and costs did not reach its expectations, and the product was delayed to July for some minor adjustments," the report read.

Author Monica Chen said shipments of the tablet are expected to reach 2-2.5 million units this year.

DigTimes claimed in March that the co-branded tablet would be in the low-end price range and compete directly with Amazon's Kindle Fire. Sources said at the time that Google had chosen to work with Asus because of its "ODM capability and good product quality," while Asus reportedly agreed to the project to gain an in with Google on Android device development and enter the U.S. tablet market.

According to a report from the same publication late last year, Asus has set an internal goal for itself of shipping more tablets than netbooks in 2012. That's a tall order, given that Asus has been one of the world's largest netbook makers in recent years.

Google has also set a goal for itself with respect to tablets. Chairman Eric Schmidt said last December that his company would release "a tablet of the highest quality" within six months.

It's not known whether the rumored Google/Asus tablet is the device he was referring to. Some have suggested that the software giant would instead release a flagship tablet in conjunction with its new acquisition, Motorola Mobility.

Google announced on Tuesday that its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola was finally complete. Motorola, which was one of the first vendors to release an Android tablet with its Xoom device, will operate as a separate business and Android licensee.
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So could we not take every single rumor about orders for 7" screens as a sign of a new iPad now? lol.gif

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The kindle fire will likely be cheaper. Are they a glutton for punishment?
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I"m sorry but really AI are you this desperate for things to post. This has NADA to do with anything Apple. Stop with the not related Apple posts or rename the same Techinsider. 

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Worse, this is a Digitimes rumor. It might as well be summarily tossed into the circular bin.

 

DigTimes (sic) is a hilariously unreliable source.

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I"m sorry but really AI are you this desperate for things to post. This has NADA to do with anything Apple. Stop with the not related Apple posts or rename the same Techinsider. 

The least they could do is post a picture of a 7" tablet next to an Apple iPad.

Cute little guy!

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"Google originally planned to release its entry-level 7-inch tablet PC in May, but design and costs did not reach its expectations, and the product was delayed to July for some minor adjustments," the report read.
 

So, design and cost disappointments required minor adjustments!  Okay then... perhaps Apple should take inspiration from these companies!

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I have seen the results of allot of the so called Android Tablets and I am not impressed.  Usually they cut out the capability to upgrade to the newer Android OS due to Hardware limitations.

 

by the way I think this tablet is better suited for a real competitor to Apples iPad.

 

http://liliputing.com/2012/02/265-spark-linux-based-tablet-shipping-in-may-pre-order-in-feb.html

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I have seen the results of allot of the so called Android Tablets and I am not impressed.  Usually they cut out the capability to upgrade to the newer Android OS due to Hardware limitations.

 

by the way I think this tablet is better suited for a real competitor to Apples iPad.

 

http://liliputing.com/2012/02/265-spark-linux-based-tablet-shipping-in-may-pre-order-in-feb.html

Nice tablet but lets get real.  It's not the hardware-only aspect that the non-iPAd wannabes don't seem to get.  It's the entire package.  From great hardware, polished software, great OS, and the all-important curated ecosystem that puts iOS ahead by leaps and bounds.

These other players are doomed to fail for the simple reason is that they are not competing against iPad per-se but against themselves.  They each do their own flavor of Android, fragmenting in the process, placing their own interface over it, add in a horrible marketplace, malware, etc.. and you have the Wintel PC nightmare all over again.

The only people interested in these tablets are the tech-saavy people that frankly, have the time to waste in customizing their systems to such a degree that it is of no use to anyone else.

Joe/Jane Consumer wants simplicity and great hardware.  Apple provides both.  They also want to be able to have the same, consistent experience when the time comes to upgrade to the next best phone.  Again, Apple accomplishes that with ease.

So long as Android stick with the tech-community, have lousy suppers, inferior quality, etc..  they will always be at the bottom of the barrel.

There is no "Tablet" market.  There is really only an "iPad" market.  

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by the way I think this tablet is better suited for a real competitor to Apples iPad.

 

http://liliputing.com/2012/02/265-spark-linux-based-tablet-shipping-in-may-pre-order-in-feb.html

Why would you even bother linking to this piece of junk? Specs-wise, it wasn't relevant even 2 years ago, it runs an unsupported OS, and it is still too expensive. There are gazillions of cheap tablets of this kind, and they haven't gotten any traction, quite understandably so. A waste of time and space, if you ask me...

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"Rumor: Google, Asus to release joint 7-inch tablet in July"

 

Shortly to be followed up by:

 

"Google, Asus to release joint 7-inch tablet in July release jointly lost billions to Apple's iPad. Unsurprisingly, me too product fails to wow consumers."

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Why would you even bother linking to this piece of junk? Specs-wise, it wasn't relevant even 2 years ago, it runs an unsupported OS, and it is still too expensive. There are gazillions of cheap tablets of this kind, and they haven't gotten any traction, quite understandably so. A waste of time and space, if you ask me...

Well you know I think anything outside of android is better.  I am an Apple fan.  But I also like the fact that Linux is a great OS.  An on a portable I think its even better than Android.  So I would like to see a development of this for the future.  I would like to see maybe Ubuntu come out with their own version of a mobile linux os.  Also I can see a cydia (jailbreak app store) come out for the Linux tablet.  Maybe there will be a better version eventually.  Maybe it will take a firm hold in the states and the EU.  I honestly think competition is key and we need it to keep our economy growing.

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Well you know I think anything outside of android is better.  I am an Apple fan.  But I also like the fact that Linux is a great OS.  An on a portable I think its even better than Android.  So I would like to see a development of this for the future.  I would like to see maybe Ubuntu come out with their own version of a mobile linux os.  Also I can see a cydia (jailbreak app store) come out for the Linux tablet.  Maybe there will be a better version eventually.  Maybe it will take a firm hold in the states and the EU.  I honestly think competition is key and we need it to keep our economy growing.

I don't think the OS is the issue with tablets, but the hardware. Lackluster hardware at exorbitant prices doesn't sell well. If you like simplicity and can afford it, get the iPad; if not, a $500 Android tablet is questionably a better choice than a $420 Sony VAIO Y or E Series notebook...

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Yeah Yeah, Linux may be good and nice for all people who don't want to spend money for software (sometimes actually quite good software for that matter). Nevertheless there is almost no touch- optimized Linux based Software around. Thus with this device you may be even at a bigger loss then with the androidy-thingy's.

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The issue with tablets is clearly software and infrastructure. Apple is so far ahead here it isn't funny!
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Well you know I think anything outside of android is better.  I am an Apple fan.  But I also like the fact that Linux is a great OS.
As a long time Linux user I have to agree it is a great OS but unfortunately not supported by a modern GUI infrastructure. This means making suitable tablet apps is next to impossible. You of course can make tablet apps with a desktop GUI, but they are functionally pale compared to iOS apps.
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 An on a portable I think its even better than Android.
Android is pure evil.
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 So I would like to see a development of this for the future.  I would like to see maybe Ubuntu come out with their own version of a mobile linux os.  
While Linux itself might benefit from a little tweaking, the separate and real issue is large number of GUI libraries for Linux, none of which are really tablet suitable.
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Also I can see a cydia (jailbreak app store) come out for the Linux tablet.
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Come again? Linux has several good packaging systems for apps already.
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 Maybe there will be a better version eventually.  Maybe it will take a firm hold in the states and the EU.  I honestly think competition is key and we need it to keep our economy growing.

Competition is very important as is Linux. However I've seen nothing to indicate that a serious replacement GUI for tablets is being worked on. That would be a compact lib built on C++11. Most of the GUI APIs (GTK/Gnome, QT and the like) are very old and fairly pathetic with respect to a modern touch device.

Now one might say that iOS and it's GUI comes from Next, a very old platform. That is true of course but iOS heavily reworks those old libs into something fresh and meaningful.
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Seriously? All the evidence clearly indicates that software drives iOS device sales.
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I don't think the OS is the issue with tablets, but the hardware.
I'd really like to see how you came to that conclusion. Even today many Android tablets arrive on what could be argued is better hardware.
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Lackluster hardware at exorbitant prices doesn't sell well. If you like simplicity and can afford it, get the iPad; if not, a $500 Android tablet is questionably a better choice than a $420 Sony VAIO Y or E Series notebook...

First off Apple has a $500 solution. Second it is a mistake to lump notebooks with tablets, while each can do the work of the other to a certain extent, they are not complete replacements. Third I don't think there will ever be real competition from Android, that will have to come from MS or another company.
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If ya can't beat em', get two of the losers together and try again.

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HOW IS THIS APPLE NEWS??????

 

Why does AI bombard us with clickbait articles that have NOTHING to do with apple.

Windows phone sites do not carry news of apple rumors

Blackberry sites do not carry news of apple rumors

Android sites do not carry news of apple rumors.

 

But AI consistently carries rumors which have NOTHING to do with apple just so they can get fanboys in here arguing and get hits, just so they can make more from ads which, by the way, IS SERVED BY GOOGLE!!!

 

Stop it AI, this practice is disgusting. All it does is fatten google's pockets and cause the blood pressure of fanboys to go up with incessant arguing.
 

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HOW IS THIS APPLE NEWS??????

 

Why does AI bombard us with clickbait articles that have NOTHING to do with apple.

Windows phone sites do not carry news of apple rumors

Blackberry sites do not carry news of apple rumors

Android sites do not carry news of apple rumors.

 

But AI consistently carries rumors which have NOTHING to do with apple just so they can get fanboys in here arguing and get hits, just so they can make more from ads which, by the way, IS SERVED BY GOOGLE!!!

 

Stop it AI, this practice is disgusting. All it does is fatten google's pockets and cause the blood pressure of fanboys to go up with incessant arguing.
 

I must admit, between what you point out and the atrocious support for iPad the new AI redesign has I am finding I am returning to MacRumors more and more for my Apple news.

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I have seen the results of allot of the so called Android Tablets and I am not impressed.  Usually they cut out the capability to upgrade to the newer Android OS due to Hardware limitations.

by the way I think this tablet is better suited for a real competitor to Apples iPad.

http://liliputing.com/2012/02/265-spark-linux-based-tablet-shipping-in-may-pre-order-in-feb.html

Or you could take 'cheap junk' to the extreme and get one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/Google-Android-Screen-Notebook-MAPX210/dp/B006DUYBRO/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1337861051&sr=8-9

List price is $220, but you see them from most retailers for $75 or so, sometimes less. And one travel agency is giving them away for free.......
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iOS is "linux"...except the linux has been rewritten for a touch screen by Apple. (thus no open source code in it... IMO)

Linux proper would be a great idea for a "generic" tablet, except that the linux desktop needs to be written for touch. and anyone that can do that for free is using the iPad, thus it won't happen.
the ubuntu linux GUI is somewhat ok in it's design for a touch screen... but unbuntu is aready supporting a free OS already... 1smile.gif
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iOS is "linux"...except the linux has been rewritten for a touch screen by Apple. (thus no open source code in it... IMO)

Your opinion is wrong. iOS is not Linux. It is a derivative of a version of Unix, though.
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So, design and cost disappointments required minor adjustments!  Okay then... perhaps Apple should take inspiration from these companies!

I say release it as is. Call it the GooPad. Keep it in beta for the next couple of years.
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Or you could take 'cheap junk' to the extreme and get one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/Google-Android-Screen-Notebook-MAPX210/dp/B006DUYBRO/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1337861051&sr=8-9
List price is $220, but you see them from most retailers for $75 or so, sometimes less. And one travel agency is giving them away for free.......

It may use Android as the OS, but I don't think it's Google Android despite the seller's description. I think it's more likely a knock-off Chinese build utilizing open-source Android Gingerbread code but lacking Google services or Google's blessing.

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Google and Asus are gearing up to release a co-developed 7-inch tablet in July...

And I hear they are calling it "The GoosUs"...?

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Seriously? All the evidence clearly indicates that software drives iOS device sales.
First off Apple has a $500 solution. Second it is a mistake to lump notebooks with tablets, while each can do the work of the other to a certain extent, they are not complete replacements. Third I don't think there will ever be real competition from Android, that will have to come from MS or another company.

There is ZERO evidence to separate the effect of iOS software and Apple's hardware. I am not saying you're wrong, I'm saying you have no evidence, because Apple's HW and SW always go together.

 

Yes Apple has a $500 solution -- that's why if you're in the market for a tablet and you have $500 you won't get an Android. If you have needs that the iPad doesn't address, then you won't get Android either -- here's where notebooks come in the picture. I know this from personal experience, when thinking of specific use-cases, small cheap notebooks have been more suitable, and that's what I purchased. So, although I am curious about tablets, that's all there is to -- curiosity. There are other toys and tools that I prioritize currently.

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And I hear they are calling it "The GoosUs"...?

 

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HOW IS THIS APPLE NEWS??????

 

 

 

i, too, would appreciate a sincere and honest answer to this question.

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HOW IS THIS APPLE NEWS??????

 

 

 

 

 

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i, too, would appreciate a sincere and honest answer to this question.

 

 

Seriously?    A article discussing a future competitor to the Apple iPad, and you can't see any relevance?   Take off those stupid blinders.   

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HOW IS THIS APPLE NEWS??????

 

Why does AI bombard us with clickbait articles that have NOTHING to do with apple.

Windows phone sites do not carry news of apple rumors

Blackberry sites do not carry news of apple rumors

Android sites do not carry news of apple rumors.

 

But AI consistently carries rumors which have NOTHING to do with apple just so they can get fanboys in here arguing and get hits, just so they can make more from ads which, by the way, IS SERVED BY GOOGLE!!!

 

Stop it AI, this practice is disgusting. All it does is fatten google's pockets and cause the blood pressure of fanboys to go up with incessant arguing.

 

Does it hurt?    I'm talking about that gun that apparently somebody has jammed into your skull that forced you to not only read the article but comment on it as well.    Seriously, if you don't like what's published on this website, go somewhere else.  Or start your own.  Because you're just being a d!ck.

 

Personally, I had no problem with the article.   I want to hear good and bad news about Apple.   I want to hear about competitors.   

 

One more thing if you don't mind.   And perhaps even if you do.   I personally find those that do the name calling (calling out fanboys, trolls, etc.) to be more disgusting than those posts that seem to generate the tantrum.  Again, you're being a d!ck.   Stop it.

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One more thing if you don't mind.   And perhaps even if you do.   I personally find those that do the name calling (calling out fanboys, trolls, etc.) to be more disgusting than those posts that seem to generate the tantrum.  Again, you're being a d!ck.   Stop it.

 

Dang.  Now I'm doing it.  Sorry.  You're not a d!ck.  You're just a jerk.  No wait.  That's a bit of name calling too.  Again, sorry.   

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Seriously?    A article discussing a future competitor to the Apple iPad, and you can't see any relevance?   Take off those stupid blinders.   

 

Your point would be valid....if this was a site like CNET.

 

This is specialty site for APPLE. Not a general technology site like engadget. Cause then you have to ask the question, where do you draw the line? What is considered a competitor? Will we now have news about every android, BB, WP phone and tablet now? Cause to call this a competitor but not have news about a Lumia or some crap seems a bit odd. What about all of the rival music services, tv show services, movie services, etc? Where do you draw the line?

 

People come here to see news about Apple, not to get news on the wide world of technology.

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Your point would be valid....if this was a site like CNET.

 

This is specialty site for APPLE. Not a general technology site like engadget. Cause then you have to ask the question, where do you draw the line? What is considered a competitor? Will we now have news about every android, BB, WP phone and tablet now? Cause to call this a competitor but not have news about a Lumia or some crap seems a bit odd. What about all of the rival music services, tv show services, movie services, etc? Where do you draw the line?

 

People come here to see news about Apple, not to get news on the wide world of technology.

 

I repeat.   Take off the blinders.   How did you even come to admire Apple products unless you were able to compare them to the competition.   I want to know that there's competition.  I want to know what products they think will be worthwhile.  I want to hear about how Apple will or will not respond.  It's a big world out there.   Even a big Apple world.

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If non-Apple stuff is posted, the trolls whine about it "not having anything to do with the site".

 

If only Apple stuff is posted, the trolls whine about how we're blinding ourselves to the competition or outside world.

 

Pretty sure we'll take the former, as it creates the more laughable argument for them. lol.gif

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Seriously?    A article discussing a future competitor to the Apple iPad, and you can't see any relevance?   Take off those stupid blinders.   

 

 

whatever Google and Asus provides won't be competing in the same market as the Apple iPad.  Apple has defined its own market and the only competition it has is its former self.  if history repeats itself the iPad will only get better.

 

as for your insult, i'll just take the high road and let others judge.

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It may use Android as the OS, but I don't think it's Google Android despite the seller's description. I think it's more likely a knock-off Chinese build utilizing open-source Android Gingerbread code but lacking Google services or Google's blessing.


Says the guy who insists that there's no fragmentation of Android.

The inconsistency in your arguments is appalling.
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For the second time today, I don't mind responding to something I actually said rather than something you've made up. If you'll quote where I've said there's no fragmentation in Android then I won't have to accuse you of being dishonest yet again today. Otherwise your posts responding to me are getting "appalling".

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For the second time today, I don't mind responding to something I actually said rather than something you've made up. If you'll quote where I've said there's no fragmentation in Android then I won't have to accuse you of being dishonest yet again today. Otherwise your posts responding to me are getting "appalling".

Everytime someone mentions Android fragmentation, you and all the other Google shills are all over them and deny that it's an issue.
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Says the guy who insists that there's no fragmentation of Android.
The inconsistency in your arguments is appalling.

Regardless of what Gatorguy has said in the past, there would be no inconsistency between what he said in this thread and saying that Android is not fragmented (which it is).  Fragmentation of the Android platform refers to the number of different versions of Android (2.x, 3.x, 4.x, etc.) that are still running in the wild and in some cases the custom skins that manufacturers apply to the OS.  What he said in response to the link you posted was that it's probably not running official Android, meaning it can't be sold with the Google apps preinstalled.  He is speculating that this tablet is running what is more or less a custom ROM.

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Regardless of what Gatorguy has said in the past, there would be no inconsistency between what he said in this thread and saying that Android is not fragmented (which it is).  Fragmentation of the Android platform refers to the number of different versions of Android (2.x, 3.x, 4.x, etc.) that are still running in the wild and in some cases the custom skins that manufacturers apply to the OS.  What he said in response to the link you posted was that it's probably not running official Android, meaning it can't be sold with the Google apps preinstalled.  He is speculating that this tablet is running what is more or less a custom ROM.

Yet it's still Android and advertised as such.

So, not only do you have all the different versions of 'official' Android - 2.x, 3.x, etc), you also have the Amazon version of Android. And the Chinese versions of Android. And probably other third world versions of Android.

It's confusing as heck for consumers and developers.
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