Tesco is reportedly planning its own tablet to launch just in time for Christmas.
The first device of its type from the UK retail giant, the tablet could centre around Tesco apps for its online grocery shopping service, financial services and its online streaming service Blinkbox.
Rumoured to launch for around £150, the Tesco tablet could be comparable to other similarly priced tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 2.
Like Amazon’s tablet, Tesco would install a heavy UI on top of the vanilla Android OS to make sure the core content is for services and products provided by the retail giant.
In the UK, Tesco is already the fifth largest mobile phone network and sells tablets and smartphones that run on the O2 piggybacking network.
Tesco also sells a huge range of technology and electronic products such as TVs and home appliances.
If the retail giant does launch a tablet, it could help boost sales of digital media like books, films and music from its own stores. In this sector, Tesco is struggling against Amazon and Apple to gain a market share.
Dunnhumbly, the technology behind the Clubcard scheme that analyses consumers’ buying habits and trends, could be introduced in a Tesco-branded tablet.
Such software could set the Tesco tablet apart from other brands, as it could be able to suggest suitable digital content purchases for each user based on their usage habits.
This could help boost Tesco’s sales of digital content such as books, music and games.
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