Mountain View, Calif.—Google Inc. has introduced the Nexus 7, a small tablet computer to compete with Apple Inc.'s iPad, Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle Fire and Microsoft Corp.'s Surface. The Nexus 7, priced at $199, will be available in mid-July, according to Google.
The Nexus 7 uses a version of Google's Android operating system. It takes its name from its 7-inch diagonal display, about the same size as the Kindle Fire. The Surface, introduced
last week, and the iPad have screens measuring about 10 inches diagonally
According to research company Gartner Inc., the iPad will remain the tablet leader worldwide at least through 2016, with about 46% of shipments—down from a projected 61% this year—as competitors proliferate. Android-powered tablets, such as those from Samsung Electronics and Motorola Mobility, are expected to command a 37% market share by then, up from 32%.