Report: Google to start selling Android tablets

Google reportedly plans on launching an online store to sell co-branded tablets running its Android operating system.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the tablets will be manufactured by partners such as Samsung and Asus and bear the Google logo.

The report cites “people familiar with the matter.”

Neither Google nor Asus, one of the hardware makers reported to release a co-branded tablet later this year, offered comment.

If correct, the move by Google would put it on par with Apple and Amazon, both of which have online outlets to sell their iPad and Kindle Fire tablets, respectively.

Google has tried this before. In 2010, it launched the Nexus One, a co-branded smartphone built by HTC and sold through a Google website. But as the Journal points out, Google killed the endeavor after a few months.

The report also claims the next version of its Android software, code-named “Jelly Bean,” will arrive in the middle of the year.


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