Track the companies that matter to you. It's FREE! Click one of these fan favorites to get started: Apple; Google; Ford.



Watch Out: Here Comes the Google Nexus Tablet

Watch stocks you care about

The single, easiest way to keep track of all the stocks that matter...

Your own personalized stock watchlist!

It's a 100% FREE Motley Fool service...

Click Here Now

Let the countdown begin.

Back in December, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG  ) Chairman Eric Schmidt told an Italian newspaper that the search giant was planning on marketing a tablet of the "highest quality" to step up the "brutal competition" with Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) . So these rumblings aren't your standard fare of rumors and speculation spawned from questionable sources within the mobile supply chain -- this comes straight from the horse's mouth.

Me and Big G
The real mysteries are who would build the device and when it would see the light of day. Well, popular Android OEM Asus has stepped up and confirmed to Android Authority that it has partnered with Big G on the device, which is due out by the end of June. That time frame points directly to the company's Google I/O developer conference, which takes place from June 27 to June 29.

At the recent Computex Taipei trade show, an anonymous Asus representative confirmed the partnership but didn't give any other specifics, although a quad-core NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA  ) Tegra 3 is expected to be found lurking inside powering the device.

It's thought to boast a 7-inch display and is being casually referred to as the "Nexus 7," with a price point in the range of $150 to $200, which notably and expectedly puts it head-to-head with's (Nasdaq: AMZN  ) own Android-running Kindle Fire. Amazon's 7-inch $199 tablet is the only Android tablet that's performing well, although that's not really good news for Google, since Amazon effectively hijacked Android and ran away with it.

Some press mockups have even been leaked, and the device unsurprisingly takes design cues from various Apple iDevices -- if they turn out accurate, that is.

Android's next major iteration looks to follow its dessert nomenclature with "Jelly Bean," and we should expect to get more details on it after Apple's own Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, that takes place this week.

What took you so long?
It's about time Google came out with a Nexus tablet to rally the troops. Big G's response this time would actually be slightly faster than how long it took for Google to officially step into the smartphone ring with a Nexus-branded device the first time around, relative to Apple's first move. The T-Mobile G1 was the first Android device ever, while the Nexus One was the first of Google's own branded family.



Time Lag to Apple

Apple iPhone June 2007  
T-Mobile G1 September 2008 16 months
Google Nexus One January 2010 31 months
Apple iPad April 2010  
Google Nexus Tablet June 2012 (estimated) 26 months (estimated)

In all likelihood, the Nexus Tablet won't actually be launched this month but rather unveiled for a future launch. If it takes too long, it might even run up directly against Amazon's own expected Kindle Fire 2 that could see an introduction around September if Amazon follows the annual cadence that's become the industry norm.

Still, Google should have been faster with coming out with a Nexus Tablet. Heck, barely six months after the iPad's launch, fellow Fool Tim Beyers proclaimed that Google needed one because it was plainly obvious that current offerings at the time just weren't stacking up very well against the category-defining iPad, a standard that still holds true to this day.

Tablet pressure is on as Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) is putting the finishing touches on Windows 8 and already has a stable of partners lined up for launch devices, including traditional PCs and tablets. Google has been particularly inept in the tablet arena, so it won't take much for Mr. Softy to swoop in and eat its lunch.

Deja vu
The tablet market is shaking out very differently from the smartphone market, despite the obvious similarities. It's reminiscent of the iPod and the music-player market that Apple defined and continues to dominate a decade later. Competition is more intense now, and Google has a tall order to fill to get its tablet game back up to par as Amazon and Microsoft similarly step up to the challenge of taking a shot at Cupertino.

The iPad is just the beginning of a new frontier of growth for Apple, so the iParty is hardly over. Grab this premium research report for more reasons it's still not too late to buy in to one of the best tech storylines in a generation. You'll also get free quarterly updates on the latest Apple developments and be the first to know whether there are any major risks popping up. If you'd rather read up on a different technology revolution taking shape, and one company taking advantage of it, pick up this new special free report: "The Only Stock You Need To Profit From the NEW Technology Revolution."

Fool contributor Evan Niu owns shares of and Apple, but he holds no other position in any company mentioned. Check out his holdings and a short bio. The Motley Fool owns shares of, Microsoft, Apple and Google. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Microsoft,, Google, Apple, and NVIDIA, creating bull call spread positions in Microsoft and Apple, and writing puts on NVIDIA. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

Read/Post Comments (0) | Recommend This Article (2)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Compare Brokers

Fool Disclosure

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 1909576, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 10/24/2016 11:00:33 AM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...

Today's Market

updated Moments ago Sponsored by:
DOW 18,213.75 68.04 0.37%
S&P 500 2,150.94 9.78 0.46%
NASD 5,297.37 39.97 0.76%

Create My Watchlist

Go to My Watchlist

You don't seem to be following any stocks yet!

Better investing starts with a watchlist. Now you can create a personalized watchlist and get immediate access to the personalized information you need to make successful investing decisions.

Data delayed up to 5 minutes

Related Tickers

10/24/2016 10:45 AM
GOOGL $832.02 Up +7.96 +0.97%
Alphabet (A shares… CAPS Rating: *****
AAPL $117.20 Up +0.60 +0.51%
Apple CAPS Rating: ****
AMZN $829.05 Up +10.06 +1.23% CAPS Rating: ****
MSFT $60.38 Up +0.72 +1.21%
Microsoft CAPS Rating: ****
NVDA $69.25 Up +1.71 +2.53%
Nvidia CAPS Rating: ****