Rumor: Google to launch a Nexus Android tablet this year after all?

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This is not the first time we hear about Google’s intentions to launch a self-branded (Nexus) Android tablet.

Late last year Eric Schmidt, CEO (executive chairman) of Google while on a business trip to Italy for the launch of local Google offices, according to an interview published by the Italian newspaper  “Corriere della Sera,” and translated by online media, Google has had or still has plans to launch the first Android tablet after its success with the Nexus phones to compete against recently launched Amazon Kindle Fire, a slate that currently outranked Samsung’s Galaxy Tab in sales in the US.

DisplaySearch analyst, Richard Shim told CNET, that the search giant is likely to launch  a Google-branded Android tablet later this year. A device which will have a 7-inch touch screen with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution display in comparison to Kindle Fire 1024 x 600p display.

Initially Google will produce between 1.5 million to 2 million units, according to same CNET source.

Richard Shim comments follow an early January report published by DigiTimes that said the Google Nexus tablet will run the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. What do you think?

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