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WSJ: Google will begin selling own tablets this year, open online store

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 29 Mar 2012 22:55

WSJ: Google will begin selling own tablets this year, open online store According to the WSJ, Google will indeed begin selling its own tablets this year, as rumored.
The move will be a way for the company to drive Android tablet sales, which have been lackluster over the past two years in competing against Apple.

Over the past few months, rumors have surfaced repeatedly that Asus is building a "Nexus" tablet that will sell for $150 and include specs that beat out the $200 Amazon Kindle Fire.

The tablet will feature "vanilla" Android 4.0 or even Android 5.0 Jelly Bean, staying away from user interfaces like HTC's Sense or Samsung's TouchWiz. Jelly Bean is expected to be launched in June.

More importantly, Google will open its own online store to sell the tablets, similar to how it sold the Nexus One in 2009. That move should help the company better compete with Amazon and Apple, who promote their products right from their highly trafficked homepages.

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