By Stephen Schenck | June 29, 2012 11:02 AM
Google’s Nexus 7 (above) is going to prove to be some stiff competition for the Kindle Fire and other tablets in the seven-inch range, but that just represents a fraction of the tablet market; could Google have its sights set on larger tablets, as well? Supply chain sources point to the possibility that Google’s planning on releasing a ten-inch tablet, as well, sourcing its touch panels from one of the same manufacturers being used for the Nexus 7.
Rumors like this one, relying on nebulous industry sources and lacking any direct quotes, often fail to pan out, so do take the news with an appropriate grain of salt. If true, though, supplier Wintek (with help from AU Optronics) could be preparing to outfit Google with the 10-inch panels it would need for a Nexus 10.
If there is any truth to this, we imagine it would be some time before we learned of the launch of such a device. If the Nexus 10 was anywhere near being ready for release, Google would have likely at least teased its existence at Google I/O, but the fact that it was nowhere to be found has us thinking that we’d have to be looking at a launch that’s still six months or so out; maybe something for the holiday season?
Maybe the question we should be asking is if the Android world needs a ten-inch Google tablet. That end of the spectrum seems to be a whole lot more active than down on the seven-inch side, so would a Nexus 10 be seen as Google stepping on the toes of other manufacturers? Was the Nexus 7 just Google’s way of showing everyone else how to do a tablet, or merely the start of plans to become a fixture of the Android tablet market?