Earlier today Google had their quarterly earnings call in which they reported better than expected revenue. The Big G managed to rake in a cool $10.65 billion, with a net income around $2.89 billion and a $50 billion cash pile for use in acquisitions.
But it wasn’t all dollars and cents. During the earnings call, CEO Larry page might have let the cat out of the bag, confirming suspicions that Google would be releasing a low-cost, affordable Android tab for the masses. Page said during the call:
“There has been a lot of success on some lower priced tablets that run Android. Maybe not the full Google version of Android, but we definitely have a belief that there is going to be a lot of success at the lower end of the market as well, with lower priced products that will be very significant. And it’s definitely an area we think is important and are quite focused on.”
Amazon has long been one of Google’s biggest rivals and since their successful, rock-bottom priced tablet hit the market, they stuck it to Google, using Android as a base, but removing everything “Google” about the OS. Well, Google has definitely been watching, and if there’s going to be a smash hit low-cost tablet, Google want’s to make sure it carries their branding.
Current rumors are pointing towards a July release for the Nexus tablet and judging by the comments on this site, Android fans have already set their money aside to make this their next/first Android tablet (myself included).