We all thought the Amazon Kindle Fire was the big competitor for the iPad in 2012. But now it looks like Google could be muscling in on the tablet market, launching a Google Nexus tablet before summer arrives.That's according to Google chairman Eric Schmidt: 'In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality,' he told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. 'Steve Jobs was the Michelangelo of our time...[he] realised the revolutionary potential of the tablet and has created an amazing product like the iPad.' But there will be nothing sentimental about the Google launch. 'Our companies compete' he added, 'it is capitalism.'Sadly, Schmidt didn't give any details of the Google tablet, so we don't know if this is a custom model or a standard tablet that Google will promote as a Google device. Either way, it's likely to use a build of Ice Cream Sandwich for the operating system, which is unlikely to be replaced before summer.While there are a number of Android tablets out there, everything from affordable to high-spec, the platform has yet to see a tablet able to take on the dominance of the iPad. The Amazon Kindle Fire is leading the way, but there have been criticisms about the budget tablet, some of which will be addressed in a forthcoming update and ahead of a possible UK launch. There is still room for a more premium device to tackle Apple – and Google is the company with the clout to deliver it.