For the company that created the android operating system, Google hasn’t actually created many devices of its own to use the operating system. All eyes have been on Google to finally release their own tablet, hopefully one that can seriously compete with the iPad. Well that day is going to be a little later than expected as reports show that Google is delaying the release of its tablet from May to possibly July.
One reason given for the delay was that Google is still trying to get its price point down. Reports indicate that the goal is to bring it down from its current $249 range to $199 or possibly even lower. This would make it on par with the current Amazon Kindle Fire that is also selling at $199.
Another equally feasible speculation for the delay could be Android 5.0, commonly known as Jelly Bean. Google is likely finishing up the next update to its operating system and may want to release their tablet with it. The rumored tablet was previously thought to be running on Android 4.0 and contain an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Although with the delay there is no telling as to what changes could be made to the software and hardware.
But Google still has to combat the hurdle of the iPad. The cheapest version of the device sells for $499 and its sales are still greatly outpacing that of any Android tablet regardless of how cheap they are. If Google wants to make a presence in the tablet market hardware alone isn’t going to do it.
Google’s tablet needs to be able to do as much as the new iPad and that includes graphics as well improvements to the interface. But Google also needs to focus on apps and making sure that there are plenty on the market optimized for or even exclusive to Android tablets.