Google, as had been rumored, unveiled a new version of its Nexus 7 Android tablet, including an unlocked version that can support the LTE networks of Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US. Previous Nexus-branded tablets, including the original Nexus 7 and the larger Nexus 10, did not support LTE.
Google CEO Larry Page said the company is continuously working to keep all of its Android hardware partners happy, and that the search giant will continue to innovate around its mobile platform. However, Page stopped short of saying that the company will produce a Nexus-branded device through Motorola Mobility, the Android OEM it acquired earlier this year.
LG Electronics and Google officially announced the Nexus 4, the LG-made device that is the latest in Google's series of "lead" Nexus-branded gadgets showcasing the newest Android software. Google also unveiled the Nexus 10 tablet as well as an update to the original Nexus 7.
Apple will unveil a smaller version of its popular iPad tablet at a media event in October after it starts selling the next iPhone, according to an AllThingsD report.
In addition to following previous reports that Apple is preparing to launch of a smaller iPad tablet, a New York Times report also noted that Amazon is working on a larger version of its Kindle Fire tablet to compete with Apple's current 9.7-inch iPad.
Each top line brand--Google and Microsoft--seeks to replicate the closed ecosystem that Apple enjoys with its market-leading iPad device and iTunes mobile app storefront.
Apple is preparing for a fall launch of a smaller iPad tablet, according to multiple reports, which could put Apple in place to compete more directly with Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire.
Google used its annual I/O developer conference in San Francisco to unveil its latest Android software update, 4.1, or Jelly Bean. Google also unveiled the Asus-made Nexus 7 tablet, its own co-branded tablet running Jelly Bean.
Google appears poised to unveil its long-rumored co-branded Nexus Android tablet at its I/O Developer Conference this week, according to multiple reports citing unnamed sources. The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg both report that Asustek will make the device, which will be sold for a base price of $199 and will run the 4.1 version of Android, dubbed Jelly Bean.