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Google to launch online tablet store

Could bring the Nexus tablet and Android 5.0 Jelly Bean

Google is reportedly planning to launch an online store dedicated to selling own-brand tablets.

The news is unconfirmed by Google but could be the much rumoured Nexus tablet to go with its line of Nexus smartphones. It's possible this device could debut Google's upcoming Android 5.0 Jelly Bean.

The Wall Street Journal said: "The Internet search company will sell co-branded tablets directly to consumers through an online store like rivals Apple and Amazon.com Inc., according to people familiar with the matter."

According to the report, Google's partners including Samsung and Asus will produce the hardware of the tablets sold in the store. Samsung has been responsible for the latest Google smartphone, the Galaxy Nexus.

Google did a similar thing in 2010 when it launched the Nexus One which was made by 2010. However, the online store was shut down only a few months after the phone's launch.

Asus will make one of the co-branded tablets to be sold on the store later this year. However, Google will apparently start making its own tablets after its purchase of Motorola Mobility.

If the claims are true then it would be a strategic move from Google to up the game against the likes of Apple and Amazon which sell their iPad and Kindle Fire tablets in their own online stores.


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