Google is expected to announce a new tablet device Wednesday at a developers conference in San Francisco.
Reuters and other media reported that a source at Asustek Computer, a Taiwanese company that is rumored to be producing the tablet with Google, said the device will be branded as a direct competitor to Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which runs on Google’s Android operating system, rather than being positioned against the more expensive iPad.
It is expected to have a price similar to that of the Kindle Fire, which sells for $199.
A Google tablet would be able to access content from Google Play, the company’s online marketplace for music, movies, books and mobile applications, but would not have nearly the selection available to Amazon or Apple devices.
The tablet is expected to be one of several announcements at the three-day Google I/O conference, which begins at 9:30 a.m. PT Wednesday.
Google is also expected to unveil the latest version of its Android operating system, Jelly Bean, and possibly a new version of its Chrome browser for Android smartphones.
Techies will be watching for news of changes to its Cloud Platform and Google Drive, its remote file storage system, as well as possible improvements to its thus far disappointing Google TV service.
If Google does unveil a tablet, it will be the second company to do so this month. Microsoft launched its Surface device a little over a week ago.
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