The Google Nexus 7, the 7 inch tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Sandwich is not yet out in the public and already rumors about a 10 inch Google tablet, a Nexus 10, has started doing the rounds.
This particular report comes from the Taiwanese tech site, Digitimes and it states that, Google has plans to source touch panels for a 10 inch tablet from AU Optronics (AUO) and Wintek.
Should we be taking this report seriously? The answer would be, a NO. At least, the possibility of Google bring out a 10 inch tablet right now is almost zero. However, Google will, in all likeliness, launch a 10 inch tablet in the future. The reigning champion among tablets currently is the iPad, which is a 10 inch tablet. The Nexus 7, thus will not be directly competing against Apple’s tablet. It is more of a direct competitor of the Amazon Kindle Fire. In short, it is a ‘battle of the 7 inch tablet’ or the ‘battle of the $200 tablets’. If Google decides to gain any ground in the 10 inch tablet market, it will then perhaps come out with a Nexus 10 or something of the sort.
The rumor apart, Digitimes also reports that Wintek is set to become the largest touch panel supplier for Google
“Wintek shipped 500,000 units of OGS (one glass solution) touch panels for Google’s Nexus 7 tablet PCs in June, according to industry sources. The company’s total shipments of OGS touch panels to Google will top one million units during the May-July period.” it said. “Wintek has been shipping OGS touch panels to a number of clients, and expects OGS to become mainstream in 2013, said company chairman Hyley Huang, estimating that 26.5 million notebooks are expected to adopt touch panels in 2013.”
This means that Google expects high demand for the Nexus 7 tablet and is gearing up well for the release of its 7 inch tablets.