The tablet wars are heating up, and just in time for the holidays. With new items from from Samsung, Asus, Lenovo, Dell and others, and new Amazon Kindles and possibly an Apple iPad mini on tap, Google may be taking its Nexus 7 tablet out of Wi-Fi confinement.
Paul O'Brien of the tech site MoDaCo started a thread in a post Saturday that Google will offer a 3G version of the Nexus 7 in about six weeks:
"I love my Nexus 7, but I really wish there was a 3G version. Well, according to our very well placed insider - my wish is about to be answered!"
"There's not a huge amount to say... a 3G version of the Nexus 7 is coming, with no other hardware changes. Asus is currently ramping production in preparation for launch in around 6 weeks, with the exact launch date and territories still to be confirmed."
A Nexus 7 with 3G would make sense, expanding the reach of the tablet beyond Wi-Fi hotspots. This feature would be especially welcomed internationally, where there is more dependence on cellular connectivity.
Google is not commenting on the rumor.