So Google may enter the tablet fray directly by marketing its own Android challenger to the iPad while also licensing the OS to hardware partners. What makes it likely to succeed, after its Nexus phones online experiment failed?
Reports say Google plans to launch its own 7-inch $200 tablet and sell it to consumers through an online store, alongside other co-branded tablets from Samsung and Asus. It’s a plausible plan. Google’s acquisition of Motorola allows it to not only design but also manufacture its own phones and tablets. But since the Motorola deal isn’t final, Google went elsewhere to build a competitive tablet that could rival not only iPad but also Amazon’s Kindle Fire, according to a report this week from DigiTimes.