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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. :)

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