4/2/2012 11:22:42 AM
Google to sell own-brand tablets through new store
Google is reportedly looking at its own online store to kickstart sales of its Android tablet devices.
The digital company will sell devices made by the likes of Samsung but some devices could be co-branded with Google's name, similar to its Nexus One handset.
According to the Wall Street Journal, one of the first co-branded tablets that could be sold from the store is a device made by Asus. The report claimed the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean, is expected to be launched in the middle of this year.
The move would put Google in direct competition with Amazon and Apple. Despite the recent success of Android-powered handsets, tablet adoption has been slow. Recent research by Gartner estimated Apple would have a 73% share of the market, versus 17% for Android tablets.
Google experimented with selling its own hardware before, with the ill-fated launch of the HTC-built Nexus One handset in 2010.
Editor: Graeme Neill