Google's Getting into the Tablet Business Later This Year

By Andrew Tarantola on at

Normally an unmitigated disaster on the scale of the Nexus One would give a company pause, but not Google. The search giant is jumping back into competition with Apple and Amazon with plans to hock Android tablets on its website.

According to unnamed WSJ sources within Google, the company is currently constructing an online store. Google reportedly won't make the devices itself but will instead sell hardware from its manufacturing partners, Samsung and ASUS. There's no official word yet on a launch date for the store, "people familiar with the matter" have speculated that it will roll out in the middle of the year, around the launch of the new Jelly Bean OS. There's even rumblings that the store's offerings will be subsidised to help compete with the Amazon's subsidised Kindle Fire, which we'll eventually get here in Britain, hopefully. [Wall Street Journal]