Another Ingredient brand story in the making - Google is planning to open it’s own online store and sell co-branded tablet computers. The move is an effort to turn around sluggish sales of tablet computers powered by Google’s Android software. According to industry sources, the tablets will initially be manufactured by Google’s existing partners, Samsung and Asus. Google is expected to sell it’s own tablets built by Motorola, which it bought in August of 2011 for $12.5 Billion. Google went this route with Android-powered Smartphones in 2010 when they offered the Nexus One device made by HTC, but the effort was abandoned after other Android-powered smartphones out-sold the Google Device. Like the Nexus One, some future Android tablets are expected to be co-branded with Google’s name.
Tuesday, Google Launched Music Beta, a cloud-based music service that lets you stream all your songs from any device. Well, any Android-based device, at least according to Google. But as we learned after a day of playing, Music Beta can work just as well without Android—and that may just be where Google has a leg up against Apple and iTunes.