Google to take on Amazon Kindle Fire with 7in budget tablet?

Google to take on Amazon Kindle Fire with 7in budget tablet?Our cereal is well and truly loaded with salt this morning, as we digest the latest round of rumour mongering from good old hit-and-miss Digitimes.

According to high-paid analyst types, the way forward for Android tablet manufacturers is to take a leaf out of Amazon’s book, and sources from the “upstream supply chain” (where else?) reckon Google is taking up the challenge.

The sources claim Google will release its own-brand tablet as soon as March this year. It’ll have a 7in display with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and sell for “less than $199”.

That doesn’t exactly chime with Eric Schmidt’s recent tablet hint. The Google chairman told an Italian newspaper: “In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality”.

Amazon sells the Kindle Fire at a loss, but makes its money back on content – mp3s, eBooks, apps from the Amazon Android Marketplace…

Nah, we’re really not convinced about this one. We’re thinking the Nexus tablet is still several months away, and it’ll surely be a high-end quad-core beast. Surely.

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mrew42  Jan. 5, 2012 at 13:57

Ewwww. Who's in charge of advertising on this site?
I'm have my usual lunch time surf of Mobot when up pops an advert for http://www.maturedatinguk.com.
http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/imgad?id=CPHqmdiq3fvaGxCsAhjvATIIY-O8tkL9tEY
I nearly brought up my sammich!!!

BananaMannn  Jan. 5, 2012 at 14:31

Ewwww. Who's in charge of advertising on this site?
I'm have my usual lunch time surf of Mobot when up pops an advert for http://www.maturedatinguk.com.
http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/imgad?id=CPHqmdiq3fvaGxCsAhjvATIIY-O8tkL9tEY
I nearly brought up my sammich!!!

It's googleads based on your previous site visits you dirty boy :)

mrew42  Jan. 5, 2012 at 14:58

Ewwww. Who's in charge of advertising on this site?
I'm have my usual lunch time surf of Mobot when up pops an advert for http://www.maturedatinguk.com.
http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/imgad?id=CPHqmdiq3fvaGxCsAhjvATIIY-O8tkL9tEY
I nearly brought up my sammich!!!

It's googleads based on your previous site visits you dirty boy :)

I'm on a shared PC at work. Websense usually blocks everything
Time to check the log of who used it last :)

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 5, 2012 at 15:12

You have some colleagues with interesting habits, mrew :p.

mrew42  Jan. 5, 2012 at 15:43

You have some colleagues with interesting habits, mrew :p.
Oh I know that. :)

jmarcelino  Jan. 5, 2012 at 22:04

Odd I'm getting the MatureDating thing too!

Quite scary actually:

http://i42.tinypic.com/2yum8b7.png

Google must be punishing me for not joining their data mining + thing.

Please fix this Mobot!!

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 5, 2012 at 22:07

Someone else with a naughty Google search history haha :p?

If I turn off my AdBlock software, I get a Vodafone advert...I don't know what you guys have been using Google for oO.

jmarcelino  Jan. 5, 2012 at 22:21

I also get the Vodafone ad, but this is showing up sometimes too.

I don't search for naughty stuff on Google btw, only ever use Cheggit.

Just reported the ad to Google, removed all my Google cookies and blocked them, removed all my categories and demographics Google had found about me (creepy!). Let's see.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 5, 2012 at 22:23

I'll just stick with AdBlock, can't go wrong that way. My pages load quicker as well as they're not constantly trying to load a flash advert on pretty much every website I visit.

Treab  Jan. 5, 2012 at 22:24

... im disgusted with the lot of you... especially you matt... vodafone indeed.

jmarcelino  Jan. 5, 2012 at 22:26

[-]If anyone else comes across this just go to:
http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/view
and opt-out of everything, remove all categories and clear your demographics.[/-]

Edit: No f****, it's back.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 5, 2012 at 22:40

AdBlock...get the horny grannies out of your face, if for no other reason :p.

Treab  Jan. 5, 2012 at 22:45

Amen adblock FTW

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 5, 2012 at 22:50

Google Chrome + AdBlock = The best possible browsing experience on that hardware.

Treab  Jan. 5, 2012 at 22:53

ahh google chrome ftw :D im agreeing with matt... must clean myself... remove all skin its contaminated...

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 5, 2012 at 23:08

Android NEEDS Google Chrome, it's the best browser...ever. I was hoping for it in ICS, that was my only disappointment with the ICS announcement. Oh well, always Jelly Bean for GC.

jmarcelino  Jan. 5, 2012 at 23:42

So you're suggesting I move to the Ad monopoly's browser to get away from ads. Ummm think I'll stick with my setup thanks ;)

Also feel bad for using Adblock, these websites need ads to feed their nice mods like Jan. Those soda crackers and stale bread don't come cheap.

Meanwhile the ads seems to have changed and now I get a sexy bird selling sofas for CSL. Much better.

Treab  Jan. 5, 2012 at 23:49

jan feeds on this jmarcelino ... i hope your happy...

... 18s and over please...

its really nasty..

i mean truly disgusting...

well here goes...

http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2010/12/28/9c195353-177c-4190-acf2-c433af91cfc1.jpg

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 6, 2012 at 00:09

So you're suggesting I move to the Ad monopoly's browser to get away from ads.

Yeah, basically. Using AdBlock it has less adverts than any other browser...as it has no ads at all. I never click on ads anyway, so Mobot, or any other site, aren't losing money. I'm simply speeding up my browsing experience.

jmarcelino  Jan. 6, 2012 at 00:39

But Google also pays per ad impressions too, not just click throughs.

It's all a bit complicated to explain here - read up on Adsense CPM - and no one will tell you their exact rates but they do get paid. Mind you it's never a fortune, that's why I said stale bread :)

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