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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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RE: Or...
By Roffles on 4/12/2010 1:15:46 PM , Rating: 3
Agreed. What I think I'm seeing here is a good amount of sheepish consumers buying into a campaign by Apple and other tablet manufacturers to sell a device that would otherwise have no market. I wonder if half the people who purchased the iPad really thought it thru. Probably not because the answer to the question, "Do I really need this expensive piece of redundancy in my life?" is "NO!".

RE: Or...
By paudoauldstock on 4/12/2010 5:11:46 PM , Rating: 2
Of course, everyone is wrong except you. Sheesh, there are a lot of people who use their laptops and desktops for little more than web browsing and certainly don't care that it isn't a real computer and doesn't run Windows 7 Ultimate. Apple didn't have to trick anyone, the market is there. Many people are waiting for someone to make computing simpler. View these tablets as appliances and forget that they're computers at all. Maybe then you can get over your unreasoning hatred of them and move on to something more constructive.

RE: Or...
By bodar on 4/12/2010 10:42:13 PM , Rating: 2
I don't need or even want an iPad, but I must agree with you here. It's not a netbook in the fullest sense, but it fulfills the main intention of a netbook -- portable web/email/pics/vids/games/books with good battery life. It's pretty much a giant iPod Touch. If that fits your needs then go for it, but like a netbook, it's a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. I suppose every device has trade-offs though.

I did play with the iPad and that screen is gorgeous, but I'm happy with my laptop.

RE: Or...
By MadMan007 on 4/13/2010 4:54:44 AM , Rating: 3
He's right though. Tablets have been tried over, and over, and over, and never seem to catch on in a lasting manner. It's not just about hardware either, older hardware ran older OSes and programs well enough. Slicking things up a bit doesn't make them suddenly fantastic. They might gain a little traction with some hype and attention each reiteration but the rub will always be the unavoidable fact that they are tweener devices.

Such devices certainly have their niche set of uses but a decent laptop is a far better purchase than a tablet and people are far better served with a smartphone and a laptop and/or desktop (the latter if they need some heavy lifting.)

As for making computing simpler, we on tech sites have a warped perspective on that. Modern computing is perfectly simple for those who don't mess around with them - they just buy a computer every 5 years or so and that's about it. Hardware failure is probbly the main reason to buy a new PC and of course tablets are not immune to that.

Having said all that I can see myself *perhaps* buying a tablet-esque device in the future when there is one with a color eInk screen and if the associated eBook system isn't locked down too tight with DRM such that my content is not vendor-locked.

RE: Or...
By mcnabney on 4/13/2010 12:39:35 PM , Rating: 2
Tablets have always failed because they come out at ludicrous prices. If all those tablets with touchscreen had been priced at $500 I am sure they would have sold a ton of them.

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