Not only is Google getting ready to launch its own tablet, but the company will create an online store to sell the upcoming Nexus device, as well as rivals' models in an attempt to avoid claims of favoritism. With a new cloud storage service plus a dedicated games store, the Googleverse is booming.
Battle of the Tablets
With all signs pointing to Google producing its own tablet in partnership with ASUS, the stage is set for another hardware battle between Android partners. A Google Nexus tablet will rile the likes of Samsung, Sony and others, all struggling to sell their devices in a hyper-competitive market, dominated by Apple's massive-selling iPad 3.
To try to keep the peace, Google will open an online store to sell its tablet (similar to the ill-fated Nexus smartphone store, the original outlet for Google's first phone). However, this store will sell competing Android products and presumably link to the new Play store that any user can see as a recent addition to the top of any Google site.
More Stores, Storage
The Play store is an effort to bring the massive array of popular apps, entertainment and games under one roof for Android users, and to better advertise the content available across the market, with links to books and movies. Perhaps the only company not too happy about that will be Amazon, which likes users to go through its own stores, and with a Kindle Fire 2 tablet on the horizon is likely to be most-threatened by a Google tablet.
Launching next week will be the Google Drive cloud storage service, with early indications that it will offer 5GB of free storage for users. With cloud storage less expensive than physical RAM, perhaps Google will look to that as a subscription option for tablet users on which to keep their content, and keep the price of its tablet (or a base model, at least) down by going with minimal memory.
Google on the Go
Finally, from Google comes Go, a new open-source programming language and SDK that is designed to offer the best features from the current generation of disparate languages in one place. Theoretically easy to program, compile and efficiently execute, Go is designed for major programming tasks by teams of coders, but could find itself popular among the hobbyist and web coding crew.
The language's FAQ explains its aims in some detail, plus Go's lack of exceptions, assertions and generic types. If you are struggling with some facet of your current language, then perhaps giving Go a, umm, go will prove of some value.
With many people getting into (or back into) coding via projects such as Codecademy, Go has certainly launched at the right time to catch this wave of interest.