Schmidt: Google to sell tablet of the ‘highest quality’ within 6 months; Android can already do things similar to Apple’s Siri

“Google chairman Eric Schmidt in an interview with Italy’s Corriere Della Sera raised the prospect of a Nexus tablet,” Electronista reports.

“The search firm planned to sell a tablet of the ‘highest quality’ within six months’ time,” Electronista reports. “He didn’t mention the Nexus label by name, but Google usually hasn’t marketed anyone else’s tablet itself, even for the reference Xoom.”

Electronista reports, “A reference tablet would be an admission that Android tablets may be headed in the same direction as smartphones, where the stock interface becomes the rarity rather than the norm… In other comments, Schmidt wouldn’t comment on the rumored Majel voice command system, saying he wouldn’t comment on future, unannounced products. He insisted Google has long had the ‘best’ voice dictation system and could use it to do things similar to Apple’s Siri.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Vaporware and foolish, obviously incorrect comments. Great interview, Mr. Mole.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. 1 question and 1 statement:

    1) what have you been selling up to this point?

    2) Apple have been selling quality from day one, why would any other company do anything else?

  2. I don’t know If I agree with MDN on this one, google has been doing alot with voice recognition for a long time now! It is quite possible that they could have something comparable to Siri already. It’s really hard to say, I can remember in the early 2000’s with goog-411 and then in 2007 or 08 with the very first android phone! I think it’s wrong to under estimate google with anything, the have shown over and over that they are more flexible when it comes to shaking up things. An example is the GUI! Androids GUI has changed many times since its birth where iOS looks the same as it did a long time ago “very outdated” when you compare it to all the tweaks and customizations there at in android. It’s going to be very interesting to see where they both go next, and I’ll be waiting with eyes wide open like a kid in a candy shop ^_^

        1. ahhh, ‘dude’, you lack a funny bone. There was nothing mean spirited, foul or offensive in my post. I dont roll tht way. Tack even rolled with it. Sadly, you lack humor. I thought dudes were supposed to be chilling’ types.

    1. Problem with this thinking is that iOS was right from the start. It only looks outdated because it has not had to be seriously changed, thus it has looked the same since inception.

      I do not understand why people consistently do not remember that what Google has is essentially stolen IP. And do not come back and say that Apples stole anything from PARC. It is well documented that Apple paid PARC. Google is playing foot loose on all this stuff and EM has little to no ethics and he knows it.

      As far as Siri, Google may have something coming, but as far as I have seen, they have nothing now that is comparable.

    2. The reason the Android GUI has changed several times isn’t at all because Google is flexible. Rather, it’s because it looked like an amateurish open source project when first released, and Google is desparately trying to correct that with each new release! They’re finally getting close to something with some professional polish with 3.0 (Honeycomb).

      iOS is far from “very outdated”. In fact, it looks as great today as the day it was unveiled almost FIVE years ago. Even more important, it WORKS even better and is far more capable than it was five years ago. It’s true that it could use some refinement, but that’s always true of any software development – especially something as complex as a modern GUI-based operating system.

      1. Like jimg wrote, which I forgot to mention, Apple nailed it out of the gates. Nailed it. Google didn’t, and has been playing catch-up ever since, hence the endless stream of major changes to Android since it’s first release.

    3. Geesh, Tack isn’t a troll. Take a chill pill!

      Some people like something other than iOS and are entitled to their view. There are plenty of cool features you would find in other OS’s.

      I’m happy with my iPhone but would find it cool if they had a few more customizations and features. I wouldn’t want it to change too much as I prefer evolution over reinvention.

    4. i don’t know a lot about Googles AI work, but I think it is telling that Schidmt uses says “similar”. That is CEO lingo for “not as good”. The potential of Siri to be transformative lies in the things he can do that are at the cutting edge of AI. I suspect that is the area in which Majel cannot compete with Siri.

      Mostly speculation, obviously.

      With regard to the main issue – with this be a Google branded Moto tablet? I didnt read the full article…

  3. Remember that this is the same guy that just a few weeks ago said that his departure from Apple’s Board of Directors was on good terms with Steve Jobs. (NOT!!)

  4. Ah eric.

    The only similarities between voice actions on android and siri are the 10 commands voice actions can perform.

    Granted they are adamn useful 10 things but its very limited vs siri when taken as a whole

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