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Upcoming Google tablet takes aim at Kindle Fire: report

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(Read caption) A Google logo is reflected on a Street View car in Riga, Latvia. Google is poised to release a tablet in 2012.

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Back in December, Google exec Eric Schmidt announced that Google was close to releasing its own tablet computer – possibly a tablet branded with the Nexus moniker. "In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality," told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sea, according to the UK Telegraph. That announcement meshed well with a long-simmering rumor: That Google and LG had partnered to build a tablet. 

At the time, the assumption was that Google would be going after the corner of the market currently dominated by the Apple iPad (in other words, high-end). But now DigiTimes, a Taiwanese tech site, is alleging that Google could instead be gunning for the Kindle Fire, the budget tablet released last fall by Amazon

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