Google Tablet Launch Delayed as Company Works to Reduce Tablet’s Cost

Would-be tablet users waiting for Google’s debut in the market will have to wait a few months longer, according to reports from The Verge, an online tech magazine.

According to sources close to the project, the search engine behemoth has delayed the release of its Android-powered device until at least July in an effort to release a product that can better compete with Apple’s successful iPad tablet and Amazon’s budget-friendly Kindle Fire.

The Google tablet was originally slated for May or June, but Google has reportedly delayed its release so that developers could further tinker with the design and functionality, sources says.

The goal? According to the sources, Google is working to tweak some key elements and drive the price down. Currently, the Wi-Fi tablet is outfitted with a 7-inch screen, a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and runs on the Android 4.0 mobile Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

Its projected $249 price tag, however, makes it considerably more expensive than Amazon’s  7-inch Kindle Fire, which retails for $199. And although the latest iPad retails between $499-$829, there are rumors that Apple has a smaller 7.85-inch tablet in the works–the so-called iPad Mini.

Accordingly, Google may be looking for a way to siphon off some of Apple’s potential customers before the company ever releases such a device.

Buzz surrounding the new Google tablet started simmering in March when news surfaced that Google is planning to sell its device directly to consumers via a new online store. Reports, however, that Google is delaying its tablet so that it can upgrade it to Android’s Jelly Bean OS are false, sources say, as such a move could be costly and cause even lengthier delays.

[via The Verge]


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