Google expected to reveal tablet at I/O conference

Google's global developers conference in San Francisco kicks off this week, with anticipation mounting that it will unveil its first own-brand, Android-powered tablet.

Google expected to reveal tablet at this week's developers conference
Google expected to reveal tablet at this week's developers conference

Google I/O takes place just a week after Microsoft held its much-hyped ‘secret’ event in Hollywood, at which it revealed details of its own tablet computer.

The Google event, which takes place 27-29 June at the Moscone Center, is expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates. For those not able to attend, it can be viewed digitally via a live feed.

The technology giant will also use Google I/O to promote the launch of a Google TV set-top box, while senior executives will deliver keynotes.

Google's first foray into the own-brand tablet market will see it attempt to gain share from the likes of Apple's iPad, Amazon's Kindle and Microsoft's yet-to-launch Surface. Google already competes indirectly in the tablet arena, as some devices are powered by its Android operating system.

Tickets for the event went on sale earlier this year and sold out within record time.

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