It appears that Google is working on its own tablet. In a recent interview with an Italian newspaper, Eric Schmidt, the president of Google said that the company will be “marketing a tablet of the highest quality” in the next 6 months.
There is no detailed information on this Google tablet which is likely to be branded as a “Nexus Tablet” or may be part of the Xoom family since Google practically owns Motorola right now. However Schmidt said that consumers will see “brutal competition between Apple and Google Android” in the smartphone market.
Apple’s iPad leads the tablet market and there are over 100 tablets out there, but none as good or as popular as the iPad. Some of the close rivals to the iPad are the Android powered-Samsung Galaxy Tabs and the Amazon Kindle Fire.
The Apple legal team have been working very hard recently to ban the sale of Samsung Galaxy Tabs in many countries. So far, there has been little success in stopping Samsung.
Kindle Fire runs a customised version of Android OS without all the Google services, the only tablet out there which Google does not make money from.
By making their own tablet, Google probably has a better chance in competing directly with Apple, but this is not a good news for existing tablet makers such as HTC, Samsung, Asus, Sony, LG, Lenovo, MSI, ZTE and Huawei among the few.
We will have to wait and see what Google has in store for us in 2012.