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Early Google tablet mockups running Chrome OS  (Source: Google)
Google looks to extend the success in the mobile sphere to tablets

Google is on a roll when it comes to mobile hardware.  Unlike Apple, Google doesn't design its own hardware -- rather it sticks to what it knows best, software.  Android recently passed the iPhone in U.S. market share according to market research firm NPD.  

Now Google is looking forward to a new mobile assault on a piece of Apple's mobile empire that just recently launched.  According to Verizon Wireless Chief Executive Lowell McAdam, Google is teaming up with his company to launch a tablet which will compete with the iPad.

Apple's iPad has moved over a million units already and some analysts speculate that the tablet market could displace the netbook market as the next great computing craze.

McAdam comments, "We're looking at all the things Google has in its archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience."

Verizon Wireless declined to add further details, namely who Google's hardware partner might be.  HTC seems one likely candidate, based on the company's intimate involvement with the Android project.  However, a mid-sized tablet would be new ground for HTC, which specializes in more diminutive cell phones.  

Dell, another Android partner, is another possibility.  HP is less likely, given the word that it's working on a webOS tablet, drawing on the expertise of new acquisition Palm.

The OS of the Google tablet(s) also remain unknown.  Google is reportedly prepping its Chrome OS for tablets, and has shown off new designs.  Android is perhaps equally likely, as it has been shown to be easily portable to tablet designs.  Either way, the recent required 3D OS skin-maker BumpTop will likely add enough polish to the OS to make it an attractive alternative to the iPad.

There's no word on how soon Google's design might land.

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By eli2k on 5/11/2010 10:52:36 PM , Rating: 3
Google can give its Android software away free, make revenue from searches/advertising, have more marketshare than Apple, and the handset makers can make a bunch of phones for the Android platform and make what profit they can and compete against each other. But Apple can just sit there with their smaller marketshare while Apple reaps in a bunch more profit than all the other phone makers. I don't think Apple minds.

RE: Profit?
By someguy123 on 5/12/2010 1:32:21 AM , Rating: 2
The real sustainable profit is in the app market.

If android dominates the market they'll also dominate the app market.

Plus, no companies WANT limited market share in anything except possibly their high margin desktop lines so that they can maintain the perception of high end.

RE: Profit?
By nafhan on 5/12/2010 10:23:58 AM , Rating: 2
I think the app market is going to slowly disappear as phones and connections get faster. Most of the stuff done by apps could and probably will be done in the browser on future phones.

RE: Profit?
By mareel on 5/12/2010 11:25:43 AM , Rating: 2
From what I remember, even with all the Apps apple has sold, they had barely broken even with the AppStore...

RE: Profit?
By mckinney on 5/12/2010 12:13:41 PM , Rating: 2
Since Android is open, I had thought that it was free as google made money from other avenues. If the OS is free, I have been wondering why the handset vendors charge the same price as WinMo, Iphone, and WebOS. Obviously those OS manufactures need to recoup funds from OS sales. Android phones should be atleast $20 cheaper.

RE: Profit?
By Jeffk464 on 5/12/2010 9:08:39 PM , Rating: 2
They charge what people will pay.

RE: Profit?
By Jeffk464 on 5/12/2010 9:07:11 PM , Rating: 2
Dont forget we driod users need the iphone to keep the family advocates happy. Without the iphone's controlled and censored environment the censors might put more pressure on google to lock down the droid environment. Plus I kind of like how apple is trying to get rid of flash, but also don't want to be inconvenienced by not having flash until its replaced. Thanks apple for helping to make the open phone market better. :)

By Macuser89 on 5/11/2010 7:23:11 PM , Rating: 2
Bumptop would be so awesome on a tablet.

RE: Bumptop
By mcnabney on 5/11/2010 8:23:58 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, but it might require a stylus. Bumptop can do a lot and certainly benefits from a higher degree of precision.

RE: Bumptop
By nafhan on 5/12/2010 10:04:06 AM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure Google isn't going to put anything that requires a stylus on a tablet meant to go toe to toe with the iPad. With bigger icons and better predictive algorithms they shouldn't need a stylus.

Verizon in the lead
By JimboK29 on 5/11/2010 11:17:29 PM , Rating: 3
Verizon has sat back and watched as technology changed while they expand their capability. Apple's "coolness" time is coming to an end. Threatcore News is linking to reports that the iPhone is beginning to sink in sales.

Times are changing folks.

RE: Verizon in the lead
By invidious on 5/12/2010 10:20:10 AM , Rating: 3
A new iphone is going to be released in a few months. Only a moron would buy one now instead of waiting. Granted there are plenty of morons which is why some are still selling. But most people are waiting.

As much as I would like to see people wake up and realize the Apple doesn't magically add $500 of value to anything it is stamped on, I wouldnt put much stock into short term trends.

Greeeat just what we need....
By Smartless on 5/11/2010 7:32:50 PM , Rating: 2
I know there are probably a lot of positives but I was hoping it wouldn't be Apple/AT&T vs. Google/Verizon. In some ways, average consumers may confuse the services with the devices as well as limiting the user's choices. I also would rather see Google sell a lot and stick Apple's exclusivity fat head in a toilet.

Front facing cam
By mavricxx on 5/12/2010 4:50:46 AM , Rating: 2
I hope Goggle fixes the things that the iPad failed to include in their tablet to include a front facing cam and multitasking.

Price is #1
By nafhan on 5/12/2010 10:13:05 AM , Rating: 2
Google can add all the features they want, but the price needs to be lower than the iPad. If nothing else, the Zune has proved that adding features is not enough to sell a similar device at the same price as an Apple product.
Anyway, my wish list is: $400 price, Android, a real USB port, SD card slot, and Flash (at least enough for video sites).

Design hardware?
By KeypoX on 5/11/10, Rating: -1
RE: Design hardware?
By Bateluer on 5/11/2010 10:23:14 PM , Rating: 3
Apple wants to design and control everything about their products. Why do you think they've been buying up semiconductor and other hardware companies the last few years?

Eventually, an Apple product will be designed entirely in house by Apple, with the consumer having even less freedom and choice than they do now with Apple products.

RE: Design hardware?
By KeypoX on 5/11/2010 11:28:53 PM , Rating: 2
While they might want to design their own hardware, they do not and have not.

But most apple buyers dont know this.

RE: Design hardware?
By Samus on 5/12/2010 12:56:39 AM , Rating: 2
But my iPod says DESIGNED in the United States. Doesn't that mean anything to you!?

RE: Design hardware?
By gralex on 5/12/2010 9:37:43 AM , Rating: 3
Don't worry... I'm sure it'll soon say "Designed in Italy", just like every other overpriced accessory on this planet.

RE: Design hardware?
By FITCamaro on 5/12/2010 1:16:14 PM , Rating: 2
About the only thing they are not involved in is the design of the CPU, gpu, and memory. Every other aspect they have a say in. Keyboard, case, screen, charger, motherboard, and power supply.

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