Not sure if this is true but I can understand Google wanting to have further control over tablet hardware. I think Google appreciates the Apple cradle to grave approach for software/hardware integration. It's a tightrope act since Google definitely doesn't want to alienate Samsung and others. I think, at some point, if the Nexus 7 is a big hit, that they will want more influence over hardware platforms beyond the oem relationship it has with Asus. Thoughts????