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Early Google Tablet mockups running Chrome OS
Google is cooking up an Android-powered tablet

With Apple's iPad and iPhone OS 4.0 soaking up the majority of tech headlines these days -- along with side stories detailing the ongoing battle between Apple and Adobe -- most people are ready for a break from Apple.

And if there's one company with enough clout to drown out the buzz surrounding an Apple product, it's Google. According to a report by the New York Times, Google will soon be selling its own tablet device. Although the NYT article isn't exactly clear on the matter, it appears that Google will be selling it own branded Tablet -- a la the Nexus One.

According to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the new device will run Google's Android operating system. Naturally, the Tablet will have access to Google's growing Android Market and will double as an eBook reader.

This isn't the first time that we've heard of a Google Tablet. Before the iPad was even revealed in January, the company was already airing video demonstrations of a Tablet concept. However, those concepts were running Chrome OS instead of the more smartphone-oriented Android OS.

With Apple having sold 300,000 iPads on its opening day (today, the number sold appears to have surpassed 450,000), expect to see a number of new players enter the market. HP will soon be releasing its Slate which will feature a 1.63GHz Atom processor and will be priced from $549. Microsoft also refuses to shoot down reports that it will launch the dual-screen “Courier” later this year.

When the Google Tablet does eventually hit the market, one can only hope that it will address a few of the shortcomings of the iPad including the lack of cameras, USB ports, and an SD slot for digital camera media.

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Something unique
By superPC on 4/12/2010 10:04:50 AM , Rating: 2
I'm glad that most of the companies competing in tablet device bring something unique. Microsoft with courier brings “inexhaustible journal” plus camera and online capabilities. HP with win 7 plus custom touch interface (that I’m hoping would be better than current HP Touchsmart interface). Google with its open and do as much as possible tablet. And Ipad with “more than just” a giant Ipod touch. I see that only Google and Ipad are overlapping with each other. I can imagine myself having a desktop (heavy duty compute intensive task and gaming), a laptop (in office writing, presentation preparation, show result of desktop computation), HP slate (small and mobile computer on the go), a courier (on the go note taking and journal) and either an Ipad or a Google tablet (entertainment). Well maybe I can skip a few thing mention above but it would be great to have all of them.

RE: Something unique
By superPC on 4/12/2010 10:22:33 AM , Rating: 2
Of course in an ideal world the courier would be a software running on win 7. That way the laptop, courier tablet, and slate can be on 1 device with dual LCD (with giant Nintendo DS look, like one of MSI concept notebook we've seen some times back).

RE: Something unique
By DanNeely on 4/12/2010 11:26:36 AM , Rating: 2
AFAIK the Courier is an ARM based device because the atom's power consumption levels still don't scale quite low enough to compete on ARMs home turf. Unless Win7 is ported to ARM (HA!), the idea is a non-starter.

RE: Something unique
By Jeffk464 on 4/12/2010 12:38:40 PM , Rating: 2
I kind of think android or apple's iphone OS are better OS's for something like this anyways. A full blown OS like win7 is just too much complexity for what is basically a media player device.

RE: Something unique
By CSMR on 4/12/2010 3:34:47 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think so. Multiple systems are confusing, involve a lot of redundancy, and involve a lot of management.

Laptops are taking over from desktops gradually. As chips shrink and become more and more power efficient, this is natural. You don't need a desktop for HPC, either a decent laptop/desktop is appropriate or a supercomputer is appropriate. Typical dedicated gamers OTOH will require desktops with discrete graphics for many years.

There's no need for a multiple tablet-form factor systems; one can do everything. Tablets are currently underpowered, but maybe with the next generation they can take laptop functionality. Then tablet+smartphone will become a good solution.

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith

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