Google’s Eric Schmidt took a back seat in 2011 when he was replaced by Larry Page as the main man at Google. However this hasn’t stopped him touring the world in his role as executive chairman and letting slip some tasty bits of information about Google’s plans for the future.
In an interview with an Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, Schmidt said: "In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality." Now of course by saying 'we', Schmidt could be speaking about the entire community of manufacturers using Android on their tablets – or he could mean Google specifically.
In the last three years, Google has partnered with a single manufacturer to produce a reference smartphone for the latest version of Android. Most recently it was Samsung with the Galaxy Nexus.
While Google did partner with Motorola for the first Honeycomb tablet, the Xoom, it has not chosen a partner tablet for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) but could be lining up something special for 2012. A Galaxy Nexus Tab is certainly an enticing prospect.
Schmidt took time to praise the recently deceased Steve Jobs: “[He] was the Michelangelo of our time [and] realised the revolutionary potential of the tablet and has created an amazing product like the iPad.” However, “our companies compete” he continued, “it is capitalism.”
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Source: Corriere della Sera (translated)