An analyst with DisplaySearch (not exactly a household name) apparently has told CNET that Google will put its own tablet into production in April. And that's all he knows. No more. Quit asking.

However, Shim said it is not clear how Google will market the device. "I don't know how they plan on marketing it. If it's going to be a premium device, or if it's going to be a Kindle Fire type competitor," he said.

We generally don't put too much stock into reports like this for the obvious reasons. But if indeed Google is working on its own tablet, that time frame might make sense, seeing as how the Google IO developer conference was moved to the end of June from May. There also are no promises that it would be some sort of "Nexus tablet," no matter how hard the bloggers wish it to be so.

And as always, it's entirely possible it's all bunk.

Source: CNET; analyst image via Shutterstock


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Analyst says Google's own tablet to begin production in April, doesn't know much else


April production will equal a June release, which would make sense considering their phones are released in December.

Can somebody please explain to me, or rather define what Google "producing/manufacturing" their "own" tablet actually means?

Does that mean they actually have manufacturing warehouses somewhere that I don't know of? They already contract OEMs to build Nexus devices for them (the first of which they sold directly with their name on it [N1]), so I need to know the difference between that and this rumor.

Does it mean they will use Motorola's manufacturing capabilities for their own tablet? If so, how is it any different than when the new Motorola Xoom 3 or whatever comes out next year?

Yes somebody can explain that to you, but no, they probably won't.

Even the Analyst won't necessarily tell you who is building what, because that would expose their sources. The builders are under NDA.

The analyst doesn't want to cause the builders to break their NDA, (because they would lose their sources) so they keep their name out of it till it becomes obvious.

Google does not have any manufacturing facility for volume devices.
Analyst's know this. But they see orders ramping up for big glass or molded back panels from third tier providers, and some of those guys will talk.

Historically, rumors from financial sector analysts have been pretty accurate, and get increasingly more so as release date gets closer.

Where does one go to school to become an "analyst"? It looks like a really fun job... just sit around and say crap that may or may not be true. Best part is that there is no accountability!

There is huge accountability, but not to you (since you don't pay them), only to their employer. FAR more money is riding on analyst predictions than you think. Big money.

These guys have contacts all over the place, even their contacts have contacts.

They watch order data from small fry OEM manufacturers, who they wine and dine all over the world. Google, Apple, Samsung have NDA disclosures with their suppliers that forbid them from telling what was ordered by Google, Apple, Samsung.

But that doesn't prevent the OEM from report what the OEM itself is buying, then denying it was for an order for Apple, or Samsung. (Leaving Google out of the denial, when the Analyst knows damn well that Google is the only other big customer the OEM has).

When a little company that makes component tapes (electronic components sequenced on huge reels of paper tape for automated MOBO soldering machines), the parts they order can give you a huge clue about what the tapes are for. And that little company is usually not under strict NDA, because they are a third level supplier.

These guys have been right more often than not. This isn't rocket science, but its closer than sticking your finger into the wind and just guessing.

Exactly. This is just pain stupid. There is no need for Google to "make" a tablet. There are already plenty of tablets. All Google would do would be to totally alienate their partners, and for no reason.

And this has nothing to do with "Nexus".
The Xoom is/was already a Nexus tablet. If they want another, then just get someone to design another.

I think I remember Eric Schmidt recently stating Google was going to make a tablet this year.

A nexus tablet would be about the only thing that could push me off the cliff and convince me to buy a tablet.

Then you should have been pushed off a year ago, because the Motorola Xoom is/was a Nexus tablet. It is 100% stock, Google, Android. Unlocked.

So are most tablets pure stock.
Same can be said for Acer. Pure honeycomb.

Xoom is not a nexus tablet, stop spreading that nonsense.

Sorry, incorrect.

1) No other 3.X or 4.X tablet is pure stock. Just the Xoom WiFi.
2) The Acer is NOT pure stock (I have used it). Acer made LOTS of changes.
3) One accepted definition of a "Nexus" device is a "Google Experience" device (which the Xoom is) that runs a stock, unmodified/un-"enhanced" Android (which the Xoom does), is unlocked and developer friendly (which the Xoom is) and for which Google develops the reference OS release (which they did for the Xoom).

Now, so you can REALLY eat your hat, you may go to this Google page: Look on the left top. See what is listed?

Nexus S
Xoom (US WiFi)
Galaxy Nexus

Other links you might like:

This tablet could also be a "developers edition only" for ICS, no one knows for sure and if it is, it won't make their partners a little weary that Google is stepping in on their turf.

I don't believe this would be 'Google's own tablet' any more than the Nexus 1 or the Galaxy Nexus are Google's own phones (i.e. they're not).

This would have to be a Nexus tablet; there's nothing else it could be. It would be a bone stock ICS tablet w/ killer hardware design / specs, rootable/unlockable, and updates straight from El GOOG. <- That's a 'Nexus' tablet. And likely Moto would be the OEM.

There already is/was a Nexus tablet. It is called the Motorola Xoom. It is 100% stock, Google, Android. Unlocked. And was the Honeycomb reference design.

Unless it can compete with that $250 quad core tablet coming out this year (which one is that again?) then I'm not impressed.

It's also possible (maybe even likely) that this is a ChromeOS tablet and not an Android tablet.

The Chromium project's been moving to a new window manager called Aura that appears optimized for low-end hardware and touch input.

Go take a look through the recent Dev Channel changelogs -- they're full of touch-specific updates for *ChromeOS*, not Android.

Clearly the next generation of Chromebooks will be touch-friendly. It's plausible Google will leave off the keyboard entirely and essentially build Mike Arrington's CrunchBook that he dreamed of two years ago.