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Google eyeing up budget tablet sector

In Google’s quarterly earnings call this week, CEO Larry Page revealed revenues were up 24% year-on-year, weighing in at a £6.6 billion. Cripes.

He also took a little time to talk strategy. Particularly: tablets. More particularly: budget tablets.

A budget Google Nexus tablet has been widely rumored since last December, when chairman Eric Schmidt crooned: “In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality.”

In the earnings call, Page noted: “There’s been a lot of success on some lower-priced tablets that run Android. Maybe not the full Google version of Android.” That’ll be the Amazon Kindle Fire then.

“But we believe that there’s going to be a lot of success on the lower end of the market. It’s definitely an area we think is important, and that we’re quite focused on.” Yeah, that's what the analysts think too.

We’ve heard all sorts of crazy rumours over the past few months, including the suggestion that the Nexus tablet might be priced at less than £100.

Price aside, the Nexus tablet is tipped to arrive in May (or maybe July?), manufactured by Asus, with a quad-core processor, 7in display and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).

News: Mob.Net

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