Now it's Google entering the iPad competition. The search giant unveiled a $199 tablet made with Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc. Wednesday morning at its developers conference.
The 7-inch tablet, which will run on Android's mobile operating system, comes just a week after Microsoft fixed its crosshairs on the iPad with the carefully orchestrated release of its new Surface tablet.
Google's device will run on a new version of the Android software named Jellybean, according to a report citing anonymous sources on Bloomberg.
Despite the popularity of its Android smartphones, the search engine giant has struggled to break into the growing tablet market, the sales of which nearly doubled last year to 118.9 million units, according to Gartner Inc, a technology research firm.
Android-powered tablets are already available from Samsung, HTC Corp. and Motorola Mobility Holdings, which Google bought last month for $12.5 billion, according to Bloomberg.
But Google is trying to use its own dictionary-bound brand name to increase sales to consumers who will be swayed by its sleek hardware, updated software and lower price than the iPad, which starts at $499. Both Google and Asustek did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Source: The Wrap.com