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
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.