On the heels of Microsoft's impressive unveiling of the long awaited "Surface" Windows 8 tablet, reports Tuesday morning indicate that Google may preempt the Windows tablet launch by releasing a cheaper Android tablet in the next few weeks or months.
According to Microsoft's announcement on Monday, the new Windows tablet is still a long way off from market introduction. "Surface for Windows RT will release with the general availability of Windows and the Windows 8 Pro model will be available about 90 days later," the company confirmed.
In other words, don't hold your breath. In fact, by the time "Surface" reaches the surface of the tablet market, the landscape may be more competitive than it already is. If the Wall Street Journal's sources are correct, Google will give the iPad another run for its money this summer with a new and lower-priced Android tablet.
In coming weeks, Google is expected to unveil a lower-priced Android tablet that it developed with Asustek Computer Inc. to dent the market share of Apple's iPad, people familiar with the matter have said.