Google is planning to unveil its first tablet device at its I/O developer conference in California this week, according to reports.
The device built with Asus, in a similar way to Google’s Nexus phone, is intended to provide a ‘beacon’ for manufacturers developing on the Android tablet operating system.
According to the site, the device will run on ‘Jelly Bean’, the latest version of the Android operating system, also to be revealed at the conference.
The expected launch will see Google strengthen its credentials as a hardware business and follows on from the launch of its Chromebook computers last year.
Last week, Microsoft unveiled its first tablet family, but is yet to announce a launch date or pricing.
Google declined to comment on the report.