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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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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.
www.threatcore.com

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.


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