Ahead of Google’s summer I/O developer conference this year, we’re hearing more about Google’s efforts on the hardware side surrounding its Nexus franchise. On the tablet front, we’re getting a clearer picture of the rumored Google Nexus Tablet that’s been speculated to be made by Asus.
The device has been rumored to come in at around $200 and with a 7-inch form factor to take on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet. According to a source to TechnoBuffalo, the tablet will indeed be introduced at Google I/O in late June this year, and Google is said to be giving away a tablet to every developer in attendance.
What’s still unclear though is if the tablet will come pre-loaded with Android 5.0 Jelly Bean, but the conflicting reports on that suggest that Jelly Bean could in fact debut by the time the conference starts. In the past, Google has been speculated to sell the Nexus Tablet direct to consumers through its own web retail channel starting July.
Additionally, with NVIDIA’s Kai platform aiming to take down the quad-core tablet price to around $200, it could stand that the Tegra 3-powered Nexus Tablet by Asus will also match NVIDIA’s price projections.
Moreover, TechnoBuffalo is reporting that the fifth anniversary of Android will see Google expand its Nexus franchise to include five different smartphones, one each from five different handset manufacturer. This would also alleviate concerns that Google will play favorites with Motorola Mobility as Google had recently closed its acquisition of the smartphone-maker earlier this week.
The five Android Nexus smartphones will be launching on November 5th this year.
This appears to be a big summer for Android. Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone is also expected to land this summer in the U.S. market.