Google chairman Eric Schmidt has recently made a statement about his company's first attempt at entering the computer tablet market.
According to a feature interview published Monday in Italy’s Corriere della sera newspaper, Schmidt gave an official timeline of the tablet's release. "In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality," he told the newspaper. Schmidt did not provide any specific details on the tablet, however.
Also, no further details were divulged on whether the slate will be specifically branded with Google’s Nexus name brand or be put out by a different hardware manufacturer. Google has already handled the development of other companies' tablets, such as the Motorola Xoom.
Google has used the Nexus name to brand its line of recent smartphones. So far, those smartphone models include the HTC-made Nexus One, the Samsung-made Nexus Sand the Galaxy Nexus.
Clint Boulton, writer for eweek.com, spoke about Google's Nexus smartphone and the potential use it could garner on a tablet device. "I can vouch for the quality of the Nexus phones, which always usher in the next-generation Android builds," he wrote. "The Galaxy Nexus is an absolute speed demon and has smooth, tasty software functionality thanks to Ice Cream Sandwich. A Google Nexus tablet won't be the first ICS tablet by any means, but it could be among the best, if not the best."
Schmidt made sure to pay tribute to deceased Apple CEO Steve Jobs. He praised him for kickstarting the tablet market with his company's introduction of the Apple iPad. "Steve Jobs was the Michelangelo of our time," he said. "A friend of mine and a unique character, able to combine creativity and visionary genius with an extraordinary engineering ability."
"Steve realized the revolutionary potential of the tablet and created an amazing product like the iPad," he continued.
However Schmidt stated, "In mobile communications…you will see brutal competition between Apple and Google Android. It is capitalism."