Google set to release 7-inch Android tablet

“Google’s 7-inch Android tablet is real — it’s even being passed around inside the Googleplex,” Jon Fortt reports for CNBC. “That’s what I’m hearing from Googlers who have seen the device… The Google I/O developer conference on June 25 in San Francisco would be an ideal time to unveil it and maybe hand a few out to developers.”

“I’m hearing that this device is aimed squarely at Amazon’s Kindle Fire (which runs Amazon’s tailored version of Android),” Fortt reports. “It’s likely to start in the $200 to $250 range, have a higher resolution screen, and perhaps a camera. Google needs this tablet to defend Android. The arrival of Amazon’s Kindle Fire blew a hole in the ecosystem, with Amazon setting up its own app store and its own look and feel for Android itself. If this 7-inch tablet is a hit, Google can argue that developers should still build tablet apps to Google’s specs, not Amazon’s.”

Fortt writes, “What does it mean for Apple? My take is that it means very little. If Apple’s iPad sales were going to get hurt by 7-inch tablet sales, the Kindle Fire would have done it already. Apple is aiming at the higher-end tablet customer, who so far seems to be the larger and more profitable group of consumers.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Somebody ought to tell Google that Amazon’s Kindle Fire sales have fallen off a cliff as the majority of the ignoranti were suckered by Amazon this past Christmas. On second thought, shh! The mole et al. could use a good bath.

Meanwhile, Amazon continues processing tiny screen Kindle Fire Christmas returns.

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  1. 7″ tablet: too small for what you want a tablet for, too big to easily carry around.

    Maybe Apple is actually making a 7″ iPhone! That’s it! It comes with a dividend, too.

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