LG Electronics, the fourth largest mobile phone company, will be sidelining tablet computer development to focus on smaller devices instead of competing head-on with the Apple iPad. “We’ve decided to put all new tablet development on the back burner for the time being in order to focus on smartphones,” stated LG spokesman Ken Hong.
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Google is believed to be building a 7-inch tablet according to an analyst with DisplaySearch named Richard Shim. The Google-branded tablet is expected to have a 1280×800 resolution and the initial production run is between 1.5 to 2 million units. The Amazon Kindle Fire has a 7-inch display and a 1024×600 resolution. This report complements a similar Asia-based report in January that said the Google tablet will run on Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” and be priced around $199. “I don’t know how they plan on marketing it. If it’s going to be a premium device, or if it’s going to be a Kindle Fire type competitor,” added Shim. When Google completes the acquisition of Motorola, they will gain ownership of the Motorola Xoom, Xyboard, and Xyboard tablets. [CNET]