Google Tablet Delayed Until July

Posted: 08/04/2012 in Strategy
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Gadget lovers have been speculating about the 2012 release of the Google Tablet for months. Now, sources close to the project say the iPad competitor will debut in July.

The Verge reports Google is pushing back the tablet’s previously anticipated May release, in an effort to cut prices. Manufacturers are working to bring the $249 price tag down to $199 or less.

DigiTimes reports the lower price will help Google compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire — which is now leading the 7-inch tablet market with its $199 model. It sold over five million units last quarter. The Barnes & Noble Nook Color Tablet — also running the Android operating system — is priced at $169 for the 7-inch touchscreen version.

By contrast, Apple is high-end, selling one of the most expensive tablets on the market with its lowest-priced 9.5-inch iPad (16GB Wi-Fi-only) costing $499.

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