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December 20, 2011

Google CEO Says Android Will Have 'Tablet of Highest Quality' Within Six Months

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

The Apple (News - Alert) iPad is the undisputed king of the tablet industry. That does not mean that Google isn’t going to try to knock it off its perch. While Google (News - Alert) has fallen short in the last few years when it comes to really competing with the iPad, the company remains undeterred. 

Google has a long history of taking on Apple and their most popular products. While iTunes has also been the undisputed king of the online music store industry, Google recently launched their own music service in order to better serve Android users.

Now Google CEO Eric Schmidt (News - Alert) is making some big time promises, saying that his company is poised to release a “tablet of the highest quality” in the next six months.   The comments came when Schmidt was participating in an interview with an Italian newspaper. The Google chief’s comments underline that his company has not yet given up the goose when it comes to taking on the iPad despite failure so far.  

Previous Android (News - Alert) tablets have not even really been able to put up a fight against tablets that are no longer being produced. The Hewlett Packard Touchpad actually beat out most Android tablets, though that was mostly because they were being discounted to $99.

Schmidt’s comments seem to hint that the next Android tablet will be along the Nexus line, which is the company’s highest level of excellence. The company is getting set to release a Nexus smartphone in the next couple of days and that will allow it to build up some interest in a Nexus tablet. 

The Nexus operating system is considered the gold standard of the Android operating system because it blends Honeycomb, which is the best tablet OS the company can boast with Gingerbread, which is the top of the line smartphone OS.

Schmidt let another little tidbit slip in his interview when he talked about a possible answer to Apple’s Siri. Google would like to launch their own digital personal assistant that is comparable to the iPhone (News - Alert) 4S’ top feature. It appears that Schmidt’s company will be launching Majel sometime in the near future.

Edited by Jennifer Russell
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