Google could be bringing a “tablet of the highest quality” to the market in six months, according to company CEO Eric Schmidt, who said as much while speaking to an Italian newspaper.
Schmidt’s comment is likely in reference to a Google Nexus-type tablet, which is the name commonly associated with Google’s reference hardware. For major Android update releases, Google partners with a hardware vendor to build the first device running the new operating system, and that device becomes the reference for other handset makers and app developers. Google did something similar with the Xoom Honeycomb tablet, working closely with Motorola and NVIDIA.
However, the comments could also mean that Google is building its own Google-branded tablet, perhaps through Motorola Mobility, which the search giant is in the process of acquiring.
Google has employed the Nexus strategy for three smartphones to date, including the HTC Nexus One, Samsung Nexus S, and the recently released Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which runs Ice Cream Sandwich, also known as Android 4.x. Ice Cream Sandwich is the Android update that unifies the smartphone version of the OS with the tablet versions, dubbed Honeycomb (Android 3.x).
Schmidt also stressed Google’s plans to incorporate more voice recognition technology in a bid to compete with Apple and its Siri feature.