Is Google Going After the Kindle Fire With a Cut-Down Android Tablet?

By Sam Gibbs on at

Larry Page dropped a massive hint in his Google quarterly earnings call yesterday, that big G is eyeing-up the cut-down budget Android tablet market that the Kindle Fire currently owns in the US. We’ve heard before that Google’s after the budget end of the tablet market, but a stripped down version of Android is not something we ever thought Google would consider.

Google’s rumoured Nexus tablet may end up being the opposite to its Nexus phone line – a cheap-as-chips, stripped-down tablet rather than a push-the-boat-out, “this is what Android can do” phone. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, I’m not sure. A cheap, slick Android-based tablet could really gain some traction here in the UK, especially if Google takes Amazon’s lead and subsidises the hardware. [TechRadar]