Rumor: Google's Tablet (or Platform) Called Google Play?

There's speculation that Google's self-branded 7-inch tablet will be called Google Play and not don the "Nexus" branding after all. The name stems from a long list of domains that were registered on February 29 through brand protection company MarkMonitor.

So far Google hasn't been officially named as the buyer of the domains, and the mystery registrant remains hidden behind the Whois privacy veil. But Google reportedly uses MarkMonitor regularly to acquire domain names, and has even registered the (Whois) domain with the firm.

The full list of names supposedly acquired by Google include:

What's not list above is which the company currently does not own. But the domains seemingly detail what a Google tablet would offer including magazines, newspapers, television, movies, games and more.... most of which Android Market already provides.

According to previous reports, Google's tablet will sport a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display and Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich." Google chairman Eric Schmidt even indicated that the device would be a "premium" model, but there's a good chance the company is going after Amazon and its smoking hot Kindle Fire. Production of the tablet is expected to begin in April.

It's possible the Google Play branding describes an overall entertainment service tied to upcoming hardware, and not just one specific device. To calm the nerves of music executives, Google has reportedly told them it fully intends to push Google Music when the hardware strategy is executed -- presumably the wireless entertainment center, tablet and other gadgets. Google Play could merely be an overall "network" branding like Sony Entertainment Network and Xbox Live.

For now, everything is speculation.

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  • freggo
    Guess the tablet is prob. not aimed at the professional market then.
    Don't see some suit using a 'Google Play' device in his corner office :-)
  • jaber2
    Here is a recipe for a great tablet:
    1 - Upgradable OS
    2 - Has USB 3.0, MicroSD, eSata, Wi FI and G4
    3 - Secure.
    4 - Large Screen
    5 - Front and Back Cams
    What would you like to see in a fun play google tablet?
  • descendency
    7 inches is too small. Google needs to be in the 10 inch market with Full HD screens like everyone else is going to be.