Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is making a lot of promises lately. First he says that in six months the "majority" of TVs will run Google TV and now he claims that Google has a tablet — the Nexus Tablet — of some form, ready to be pushed out in six months.
Schmidt is quoted as saying "In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality" according to Slashgear. What he meant could be entirely misinterpreted. Notice how he says "market." He never said that Google would sell a tablet. It could be that Google will get behind a hardware expert and help promote a tablet as its own, as it has done with the Nexus smartphone lineup.
This isn't the first time we've heard of a Nexus Tablet before. In late March, it was rumored that Google was working with LG to build a self-branded Android 3.0 tablet. That tablet never materialized.
With Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich the new king of the crop, Google might be giving another whack at a Nexus Tablet.
Android 3.0 tablets largely fell short this year. Although I particularly liked the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 tablets very much, the general consensus from tech reviews on major tech blogs seems to be that Android tablets didn't execute this year.
There were a lot of flops: Motorola Xoom, LG G-Slate, HTC Flyer, and bunch of others that failed to make a dent in the iPad's dominance.
The only two major tablets that run Android that seem to be performing overwhelmingly well are the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet — and those are skinned so heavily to cover up Android that most don't even know they're running Google's mobile OS.
A Nexus Tablet sounds awesome. With a Nexus Tablet, Maybe the iPad will finally get a run for its money, or at the very most, impress the geeky circles.
But between this and the laughable "Google TV running on a majority of TVs in six months" claim, some tech pundits like MG Siegler and John Gruber just think that Schmidt's talking out of his butt. I have to agree. Unless Google's got some super awesome plan and products it hasn't announced, Schmidt just has his poker face on.
Mark your calendars for six months. We'll be revisiting then to see if Schmidt was blowing smoke around or not.