News Summary: Google sells small tablet

The Associated Press
Google sells small tablet, challenges Kindle Fire

Hugo Barra, Director of Google Product Management, holds up the new Google Nexus7 tablet at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

THE DEBUT: Google will start selling a small tablet computer bearing its brand. It's an attempt to catch up to Apple and Amazon in the growing market for tablet computers.

DETAILS: Called the Nexus 7, it will start shipping next month. It will sell for $199 — the same as Inc.'s Kindle Fire, but much cheaper than Apple Inc.'s iPad.

MAKER: Although the tablet carries the Google brand, the machine will be made by AsusTek Computer Inc.