Google plotting cheap tablet rival to Kindle Fire?

Google is gearing up to release a cheap 7in tablet to rival Amazon’s Kindle Fire, according to reports.

Google plotting cheap tablet rival to Kindle Fire?

DigiTimes – a news site that is close to several Far East manufacturers – claims that Google is preparing to launch the Android 4-based tablet in the spring, at a US retail price of $199.

That’s the same price as the 7in Kindle Fire, which has reportedly been hugely successful over the peak Christmas period. Analysts Morgan Keegan claimed earlier this week that Amazon had sold up to five million of the tablets, putting a dent in Apple’s iPad sales in the process.

Google is now better placed to launch its own-brand devices, having bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion last summer, although the deal is still awaiting the green light from competition regulators.

Motorola has achieved limited success with two generations of its Xoom tablets, although they have been pitched at the premium end of the tablet market.

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