Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has been working to make its Android operating system a well-received and popular platform for mobile devices at many price points in the world of smartphones, tablets and megaPhones (known as “phablets” elsewhere). It has been prolific in working with Samsung to develop a wide range of Android-powered devices to be in direct competition with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) but at a lower price point.
After the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 tablets came about to battle the iPad and the iPad Mini, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Samsung may be teaming up to create a new tech segment. First there was the Galaxy Note, the first of the megaPhones that were in the 5- to 7-inch range. Now, the two companies may be making megaTablets, perhaps to hit store shelves by the end of the year, according to the latest rumors.
Talk is that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is currently working on a Nexus 11 tablet with an 11-inch display, two cameras (8 megapixel in back, 2 MP in front) and a – get this – octa-core processor. Samsung will help with the hardware for the device, while at the same time working to produce its own 11-inch tablet under the Galaxy Tab name, also rumored for a late 2013 release.
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Have consumers changed their minds about smaller is better? There has been much made about smartphones getting smaller, lighter and thinner, and the same could be said for tablets of late. But is there a limit as to how small, and do consumers now truly want bigger? There is a trend among smartphone markers to start going bigger with 5-inch displays (think Galaxy S4 by Samsung) and talk of more megaPhones coming down the pike in coming months. Are consumers ready for a bigger tablet computer now?
What do you think? Does bigger defeat the purpose of mobile technology, or do you think Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has the Big Data information to suggest there is a market for such a device? Would you consider buying a larger tablet? Think of this in the face of comments by Research in Motion Ltd. (NASDAQ:BBRY) CEO Thorsten Heins, who was quoted this week as saying that tablet computers will be dead a market niche within five years. Do you agree with Google going forward with this project, or do you side with Heins? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.