Since the release of the Nexus One by HTC, the Nexus name has stood out within the Android Army has a divine device. Even with the release of the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon’s network, people still clamored for the device due to its direct link with Google, and a total lack of any kind of proprietary user interfaces. Not surprisingly, Google’s chairman has dropped a pretty significant hint indicating that the Nexus name won’t just be tied to smartphones anymore.
In an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sea, Eric Schmidt has indicated the “brutal competition” between the search giant and Apple has opened doors to new direct markets for Google, which now includes tablets. Specifically, Schmidt said that “In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality.” Unfortunately, as we might expect, there were no exact details on this particular tablet, even if Schmidt wasn’t shy on hinting the device’s impending release. And, there’s no telling whether or not the device would feature the Nexus brand, or if Google would work with a manufacturer to launch their own brand.
The possibility that this new tablet could either be a Nexus-branded device or that of a company’s new (or old) brand name seem about even at this point. Obviously Google wants to show that they are capable of launching a tablet device worthy enough of the competition of Apple’s iPad, so it will be interesting to see if they use their Nexus name to further that cause, or go directly with another company and hope that something better happens then with the Motorola XOOM.
Again, the possibility of a Nexus tablet is there, sure, but keep in mind that this isn’t the first time that Google has marketed a tablet. They did it with the XOOM. Could they do that again? Of course. Could they launch a Nexus tablet? Sure. Anything is possible. Let’s just try to maintain that Schmidt never explicitly said a Nexus tablet is coming, okay?