The Wall Street Journal claims Google is planning to open its own online store where it will reportedly sell tablets — made by such manufactures as Samsung and Asus — directly to consumers. And the Mountain View-based company wants to do it at a subsidized cost, meaning the Kindle Fire might have some pretty tough competition in the future. Google is apparently moving forward with the initiative to help turn around inadequate tablet sales running the search giant’s Android OS. There is no timeframe attached to WSJ’s claims, though the online store is supposedly planned for this year. Maybe they’ll do it to kick off the release of Jelly Bean? Google previously tried a direct-to-consumer approach with its Nexus One, but that effort was discontinued after several months.
[via Wall Street Journal]