Google and HTC building a tablet to take on Apple?

Information is surfacing that Google is building a competitor to the iSlate, an unannounced Apple tablet like device. Google is hosting an Android event on January 5th but it is unlikely this device will be announced at that event.

Google has supposedly been working over the past 18 months with HTC (the same company that is building the Nexus One) to build a tablet like device that will run a Chrome based OS. There are also several working models of the device according to smarthouse.com.au.

No other details are known at this time about the device other than Google is behind the operation. With the upcoming release of the Nexus One and possibly a new tablet like device, Google is showing that they are and willing to take on the hardware market.

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"Information is surfacing that Google is building a competitor to the iSlate, an unannounced Apple
tablet like device."

Apple tablet like device? What the hell is that supposed to mean? We know nothing about the Apple tablet, we don't know how it sets itself apart from other tablets, so this sentence means nothing. Sheesh, its not even released and already this article speaks of the Apple tablet as if it were THE defining tablet.

You mean Google is going to order some Tablets from HTC with their own branding on them like they did with the Nexus One? HTC Had already developed that phone, and Google slaps their name on it and makes a huge deal out of it. HTC has been rumored to be making a tablet since before Google was, I bet Google just saw what HTC had and decided they want to put their name on it, too.

mrp04 said,
You mean Google is going to order some Tablets from HTC with their own branding on them like they did with the Nexus One? HTC Had already developed that phone, and Google slaps their name on it and makes a huge deal out of it. HTC has been rumored to be making a tablet since before Google was, I bet Google just saw what HTC had and decided they want to put their name on it, too.


and?

HTC is just a product manufactuer, they release their own stuff these days since they developed their brand but this is just a rehash of their old way of doing business which in the past was producing devices which imate, dopod, verizon, vodaphone etc all just slapped their branding on.

Googles paying for the branding no doubt and in this case they likely paid for their own specifications and they are bringing an OS to the party so its a good move for both of them.

Possibly. They may have worked out some deal where they shared the expense of the device in order to share branding or whatever. Plus for HTC, having Google's name on it probably helps with sales as well (Though HTC is by no means a bad name, the average consumer doesn't know who they are)...

Depending on price point we will see a clear winner after the release of both product. My money is on google. Apple has a insane pricing scheme.

Luis.A said,
Depending on price point we will see a clear winner after the release of both product. My money is on google. Apple has a insane pricing scheme.

Indeed. I think price is a big factor here. I would never spend a lot on a tablet. It just isn't worth it.

I don't see what all the hype about tablets is. Now this statement is based on current tablet technology. If Apple, Google, Asus and so on are able to make tablets that are REVOLUTIONARY, then it'll be a different story.

Master1 said,
I don't see what all the hype about tablets is. Now this statement is based on current tablet technology. If Apple, Google, Asus and so on are able to make tablets that are REVOLUTIONARY, then it'll be a different story.

the only real new technology which can make them stand out from what has already been available since xp tablet edition is multi touch and maybe capacitive screens and gesture based interactions. Other then that it's been done before or if they're intending on competing with kindle there's no point the ebook reader/tablet markets done it's a one device niche.

Digix said,
the only real new technology which can make them stand out from what has already been available since xp tablet edition is multi touch and maybe capacitive screens and gesture based interactions. Other then that it's been done before or if they're intending on competing with kindle there's no point the ebook reader/tablet markets done it's a one device niche.

Yes well summed up but add a lower price point. Tablets and slates have always been too pricey and put them in a niche market. Netbooks and touchbooks have shattered that, the tablets and slates of this year I suspect will be aiming to come in at less than $1000 - and will probably be more stylish than designs of the past too.

Digix said,
the only real new technology which can make them stand out from what has already been available since xp tablet edition is multi touch and maybe capacitive screens and gesture based interactions. Other then that it's been done before or if they're intending on competing with kindle there's no point the ebook reader/tablet markets done it's a one device niche.

My thoughts exactly regarding the XP Tablet Edition, I was also reading over @ Gizmodo, and someone brought up a good point. The tablet is not portable like a smartphone. How many people will actually lug around a few extra pounds for a 10 inch slab, when the notebook does all the same plus more

Master1 said,
My thoughts exactly regarding the XP Tablet Edition, I was also reading over @ Gizmodo, and someone brought up a good point. The tablet is not portable like a smartphone. How many people will actually lug around a few extra pounds for a 10 inch slab, when the notebook does all the same plus more

How does multitouch make them stand out? Windows 7 has that already for tablets

Digix said,
the only real new technology which can make them stand out from what has already been available since xp tablet edition is multi touch and maybe capacitive screens and gesture based interactions. Other then that it's been done before or if they're intending on competing with kindle there's no point the ebook reader/tablet markets done it's a one device niche.

Lets wait and see, but its a good job your not a CEO, oh thats being done, lets not bother.....


Lets see if Apple do produce a tablet and see if they do it right.

Osiris said,
Yes well summed up but add a lower price point. Tablets and slates have always been too pricey and put them in a niche market. Netbooks and touchbooks have shattered that, the tablets and slates of this year I suspect will be aiming to come in at less than $1000 - and will probably be more stylish than designs of the past too.

Yeah, I think price point is a big deal here. A shame the rumors are that Apple is going the other way... Maybe the Google tablet and the Courier when that's announced / released will be more affordable...

Digix said,
the only real new technology which can make them stand out from what has already been available since xp tablet edition is multi touch and maybe capacitive screens and gesture based interactions.

Thats pretty big but.

Also theres a few other factors too such as cost, processing power and perhaps the largest of all being that operating systems are now being designed to be touch friendly natively. Throw all that together and you have a system quite different to the ones released five years ago.

I love this. Apple competitor may, or may not be building a product to compete with a fictitious product from Apple.
Confirm, or deny? lol

E.Fahd said,
So Google is rumored to take on a unannounced Apple tablet. Okaaaaaaaay ...

yeah as i was thinking after first sentence it's like wait wut ?

E.Fahd said,
wait ... it's tablet like device, even better ! :D

HAHAHAHA Indeed... If this is even true, given that they are able to release or announce it so soon would make it clear they weren't trying to copy Apple. Copy what? No one even knows anything or if the Apple tablet really exists. LOL

M_Lyons10 said,
No one even knows anything or if the Apple tablet really exists. LOL
Ohh it exists. With this much hype over a 'non existent' product Apple would be fools not to run with the hype and actually make it.

E.Fahd said,
So Google is rumored to take on a unannounced Apple tablet. Okaaaaaaaay ...

Lots of maybes in there, isn't there?

So basically, a rumored tablet that is taking on another rumored tablet, neither of which are comfirmed. If Google is making a chrome based tablet, well hasn't the JooJoo done that already? all it is, is a browser.

This could only be used where there is wifi with chrome os so probably it will have 3G

Still waiting for Microsoft's Courier Tablet

No need to wait check out the Tablet PC and UMPC there are reams of OEMS producing these devices for the last half a decade.

bob21 said,
No need to wait check out the Tablet PC and UMPC there are reams of OEMS producing these devices for the last half a decade.

The Courier, if it does happen at some point, is different than the other tablets and UMPCs though. I'd love to see MS surprise everyone with it at CES.

GP007 said,
The Courier, if it does happen at some point, is different than the other tablets and UMPCs though. I'd love to see MS surprise everyone with it at CES.

Me too. The Courier looks impressive. I can't wait to see more on this. If priced reasonably I would definitely get one.

ale07 said,
This could only be used where there is wifi with chrome os so probably it will have 3G

Still waiting for Microsoft's Courier Tablet

Wow, just had a look at that! looks impressive!

@andrewbares, all I can say is that there is no comparison between old school tablets and what's coming...this year...and with the first gen OLED tech.

And no, I can't say more. 8P

excalpius said,
@andrewbares, all I can say is that there is no comparison between old school tablets and what's coming...this year...and with the first gen OLED tech.

And no, I can't say more. 8P


yeah, and im guessing that you're using one right now... lol

excalpius said,
@andrewbares, all I can say is that there is no comparison between old school tablets and what's coming...this year...and with the first gen OLED tech.

And no, I can't say more. 8P

THe tablets and slates of this year are still going to be very similar to everything we have seen in the past, the difference is where tablets of the past were expensive these ones will be comparably cheap. Apple and google arent reinventing anything here, but im sure after Jan 26th Apple will get the credit for inventing the tablet.

Septimus said,
Google on Apple's coat tails again? Shocker.

...

I'm speechless.

Please, please point out where Apple has announced this tablet PC.

You couldn't possibly be suggesting that a company is 'copying' an unannounced and unconfirmed rumour now, could you?

Osiris said,

THe tablets and slates of this year are still going to be very similar to everything we have seen in the past, the difference is where tablets of the past were expensive these ones will be comparably cheap. Apple and google arent reinventing anything here, but im sure after Jan 26th Apple will get the credit for inventing the tablet.

I dont think Apples will be cheap, heck if what people say is true it will be close to $1000, and Tablets right now can be found for as low as $500...

Does apple make products that are inexpensive compared to the competition? I never thought they did. Laptops, PCs, MP3 players, and so on are all pricey from them, relative to other companies of course.