Apple Insider noticed a comment from Google Chairman Eric Schmidt that reveals the search giant's plan to release an Android-powered "Nexus" tablet within the next six months:
Schmidt's comments, in which he said the device will be "a tablet of the highest quality," came in an interview with Italian newspaper Corrier della Sea (via Slash Gear). The comments signal that Google plans to make another push to counter Apple's iPad.
Google's first formal attempt to break into the tablet market came earlier this year with the Motorola Xoom, which ran a tablet-exclusive operating system in Android 3.0. But the Xoom failed to catch on while Apple continued to see record sales of the iPad.