“Google is working on a Nexus tablet for release by mid-2012, as the company looks to challenge Apple‘s iPad,” Mobiledia reports for Forbes.

Google “has only used the Nexus label on high-end smartphones that are ‘pure Google’ devices. In other words, Nexus phones contain the stock version of the newest Android OS without bloatware from any manufacturer,” Mobiledia reports. “The Nexus tablet will also be high-end and likely run Google’s new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform. The OS is a marriage of Android 2.3 Gingerbread for smartphones and Honeycomb, which has been used for tablets. Android tablets have struggled to gain traction against the iPad, but critics hail ICS as a much improved, cleaner OS that may have what it takes to go up against iOS.”

Mobiledia reports, “Google’s Nexus tablet may give the company the first high-end tablet that’s formidable enough to be labeled a true iPad competitor, but if it fails, it will join a long list of products before it that couldn’t knock the king off the throne.”

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