According to Guardian, Google will take advantage of the next update of its Android mobile OS to launch Google Music.
The first device to integrate the new “Honeycomb” version of the operating system specially optimized for tablets, will be the Motorola Xoom, which will be released in 2 months. The presence of this new Google Music service in Honeycomb was unveiled by Sanjay Jha, Motorola’s head of mobile activities at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
In April, Googe had bought Simplify Media, a music sharing platform and then discussed its future integration into a new service for Android. Since then, Google executives had suggested that a music store was really in the works.
Google is therefore preparing to come and compete with Apple on two fronts: a mobile OS designed for tablets and a potential competitor to the iTunes store which, let us remember, exceeded the symbolic milestone of 10 billion titles sold a year ago and alone accounts for 66% of digital music sales worldwide.
Tablets like Galaxy Tab, Archos 101, Toshiba Folio 100 or Dell Streak already exist since 2010 under Android but under the OS developed for smartphones.