Earlier this month we covered comments from Google's Eric Schmidt suggesting that a Nexus-branded Android tablet could be on its way to join the three Nexus smartphones we've seen so far.
But industry sources don't seem overly impressed by the idea, suggesting that such a device would only take sales away from other Android tablets already fighting desperately for some kind of meaningful market share.
Over the past couple of years we've seen the Google Nexus One, the Nexus S and most recently the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, all of which have been released as prestige devices to help showcase the merits of a major new version of Android.
So far, however, the closest thing we've seen in terms of tablets has been the Motorola Xoom, which Google used to demonstrate the tablet-friendly Android Honeycomb a year or so ago. Schmidt has suggested that may soon be about to change, however, and that Google is working on a “tablet of the highest quality”.
But not everyone is happy with the idea, it seems. DigiTimes reckons several Android tablet makers have already expressed their reservations behind the scenes and the prospect of having to compete for sales against a device marketed under Google's own name – especially if the tablet in question arrives with an Android 4.1 evolution of Ice Cream Sandwich, rather than the 4.0 version everyone else is using.
And given how much so many Android tablets have struggled this year to make an impact, we can certainly understand where they're coming from. Things are difficult enough in the tablet market trying to survive on the crumbs from the ultra-dominant iPad's table, but having to fight for those scraps against Google itself will make things even tougher.