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Google planning 7-inch Amazon Kindle competitor

The Gadget Show  Friday 24 February 2012

Google planning 7-inch Amazon Kindle competitor

Google has already taken internet search and the phone world by storm. The latter with its Android operating system. Now there are rumours that Google is planning to introduce a 7-inch tablet computer. A competitor to the Apple iPad? Possibly, but it looks like Google has the Amazon Kindle Fire in its sights instead.

An analyst told CNET that the Google-branded tablet will have a 7-inch 1280×800 display and run the latest Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” operating system.

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Rather than be marketed as a premium tablet in the same vein as Apple’s iPad 2, it is believed that a Google tablet will be tilted more towards a mid-entry audience, and those that love to read on-the-go.

A rumoured price of around $199 would appear to fit such plans. The Amazon Kindle Fire is currently on sale in the US for the same price. By comparison a minimum specced iPad 2 starts from £399 in the UK – significant price difference.

Amazon Kindle 9-inch tablet on the way?

Meanwhile it is thought that Amazon could be going the opposite way by releasing a 9-inch Amazon Kindle Fire, while others including Samsung are downsizing towards 7-inches like Samsung’s latest Galaxy Tab 2 shows.

But don’t think Amazon is forgetting its Kindle eReader fans. Yesterday we told you how Amazon could be about to unleash a new wave of eReaders that use coloured E-ink possibly shipping as early as next month.

Where do you stand on the tablet debate? Is bigger better? If you own a tablet, let us know what you use it for.

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Google, 7-inch, tablet, Amazon Kindle, Android

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