March 9, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
The Amazon Kindle Fire was by far the biggest surprise of 2011 in the mobile technology market and, ever since its launch, we have had rumors of technology manufacturers trying to go down the same road and come up with an affordable as possible 7-inch tablet.
We’re still waiting for a true Kindle Fire competitor, a competitor that will most likely come from Google and Asus after all. The two electronics giants have reportedly signed a partnership for manufacturing a quad-core 7-inch tablet with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and, according to the latest rumors coming from Digitimes, the gadget could be released as soon as this May.
Monica Chen and Adam Hwang from Digitimes are basing their speculations on ‘’industry sources’’ and the same sources say that the Google-Asus tablet will be made available for a starting price of between 199 and 249 dollars.
The 7-incher, rumored to be called the Nexus Tablet, should also be the first to feature dedicated, full support for the brand new Google Play Store.
While these pieces of information are interesting enough and help build up the expectation for what we could receive in May, what I find really interesting in Digitimes’ article is a disclosure about the process of picking up Asus as Google’s partner in this very important ‘’project’’.
It therefore seems that the US-based multinational corporation has negotiated being partners with Acer and HTC, aside from Asus. Acer was left out of the equation first, as it didn’t have in-house R&D (research and development) capabilities, while HTC, even though it came with a great design team, was unwilling to compromise its brand image (insert ironic grin here) by manufacturing a low-cost gadget.
Asus was therefore the logical choice for a Google partnership and, if I’m allowed to give a personal opinion here, is in fact the only company who might successfully pull off such a venture.
Stay tuned for more details on the subject set to come our way in the following months and don’t forget to check back on our website in May so as to find out exactly how much truth lies in Digitimes’ latest rumor about the ‘’Nexus tablet’’.