After the success of theand the partnerships between Google and Samsung, a Google Nexus tablet is on the way and it's being built by... Asus!
That's the word on the street according to Android and Me, quoting a senior source at a US supply chain company. Asus is set to build a 7-inch Nexus tablet based on the , a slickly designed tablet we first saw early in 2011.
The Nexus name is bestowed upon one phone for each generation of Android, which acts as a showcase for Android in its pure unadulterated form, before manufacturers and networks slap a skin and extra apps all over it. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the flagship for version 4.0 of Android, known as, while the Nexus S showed off version 2.3, Gingerbread.
The new tablet will show off a new version of Android: perhaps
Asus has proved its tablet chops with the excellent
Having built the last two Nexus phones -- and with a wealth of tablet experience in the Samsung Galaxy Tab range -- Samsung would seem like an obvious candidate to build a Nexus slate.
Asus isn't even the second most obvious choice: what about Motorola?, which built the only previous Android flagship tablet. The didn't bear the Nexus moniker, but was first to show off Android version 3.0, Honeycomb, the only version so far to be specially designed for the larger screen of a tablet.
I for one am very interested in what Asus and Google come up with. In the meantime, press play to see what Asus are capable of with our video review of the Transformer Prime:
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