In a move that would be reminiscent of its initial plans
for the Nexus handsets, the Wall Street Journal
suggests Google will open its own online store this year, but stocked with tablets instead of phones. The Android tablets would be built by Samsung and ASUS who already offer the well received Galaxy Tab and Transformer lines, but have been unable to make a dent in marketshare comparable to that of Apple or even Amazon. Other details seem to be less clear, including the possibility of the lineup including Google branded tablets -- like the one hinted at by Eric Schmidt
in December -- or that the store could offer a new tablet from ASUS (maybe running Jelly Bean
, maybe not), or the chance that Google will follow Amazon's approach
by subsidizing the upfront cost. Right now it seems that all possibilities are still in Play
, but if the rumor is right we'll see the store launch this year -- any suggestions for the folks at Mountain View?