Google confirms tablet; won't run Chrome OS

Gizmodo is reporting a New York Times article that's got some juicy tablet gossip for all you iPad crazed folk. Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, is said to have spilled the beans on Google's rumored tablet device. Interestingly, the device will not run Chrome OS, as previously thought. Schmidt told some friends of his that the tablet will run the Android operating system.

It's unclear why Android will be the OS used. Previously leaked video and images show Google's concept device running Chrome OS. It's possible that the new web based OS is not yet ready for public consumption, leaving Android as the sole option if Google plans to make it to market this year.

Another reason for using Android could be the need to compete with the iPad. Since Apple has tied their tablet device into their lucrative App Store, Google has no choice but to fight fire with fire. The Android Market is the only application store that comes anywhere near the App Store. If Google wants any chance of launching a successful tablet, they'll need to capitalize on the success of Android. Keep in mind, this is all conjecture. At this point, no one that knows actual details of the Google tablet is talking.

It is said that the tablet project has been going on behind closed doors with very little third party involvement. However, it does seem that books, magazines, and other media will be available for the device at launch. No timetable has been leaked.

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Interesting news. I think Android could be very well suited to tablets, better than ChromeOS. Only condition is they have to adapt the UI to the device. Simply throwing standard Android on it, will not cut it.

We'll see, but I'd still like some 3rd party do it. We'll wait and see I guess, Google seems to make great stuff.

I would really like Win7 Tablet. But I will say, that will only work well if it has great battery life. Also a Win7 Tablet would need some reworking to get rid of all the useless stuff, but come on, it would be AMAZING! Admitting that doesn't mean you have to hate the iPad either.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
I would really like Win7 Tablet. But I will say, that will only work well if it has great battery life. Also a Win7 Tablet would need some reworking to get rid of all the useless stuff, but come on, it would be AMAZING! Admitting that doesn't mean you have to hate the iPad either.

A mix between the desktop OS and a mobile would be awesome. Keep the theme of the desktop OS but make the feel a little more mobile (larger text, bigger buttons suitable for touch). The Metro UI wouldn't make for a great UI if you're trying to keep with the desktop theme. But the functionality of the desktop and the usibility of a mobile device would be the ultimate.

Despite it being merely conjecture, and/or a false mockup, that image of the tablet/chromeOS that I've seen around is mighty sexy. Looks like they're aiming for between laptops and smartphones, something which netbooks and the LargeiPhone I mean iPad are too polar to conquer.

This is great news. They can keep the Android momentum going and hopefully beat Apple in the table market by providing Flash and not crush app developers like Apple is currently doing.

Haegr said,
Microsoft's taking the right path if you ask me.

Microsoft is taking the same approach it has taken since the beginning of the Tablet PC (which hasn't been working) which is to slap a desktop OS on a touch screen computer and call it a day. Apple has shown with the iPad that consumers want a computer experience that is enhanced by touch rather than having a computer that simply replaces the mouse with your hand. It's no secret, the HP Slate is going to flop just like all the other tablets that came before it following the same formula. Google, has the right idea and an Android tablet is exactly what we need in the marketplace as an alternative to the iPad. Mobile OS' require less resources, require less maintenance, are almost instant on, and in Android and iPhone OS' cases are designed for touch therefore will deliver a superior experience than Windows 7 on a touchscreen device.

MarenLBC said,

Microsoft is taking the same approach it has taken since the beginning of the Tablet PC (which hasn't been working) which is to slap a desktop OS on a touch screen computer and call it a day. Apple has shown with the iPad that consumers want a computer experience that is enhanced by touch rather than having a computer that simply replaces the mouse with your hand. It's no secret, the HP Slate is going to flop just like all the other tablets that came before it following the same formula. Google, has the right idea and an Android tablet is exactly what we need in the marketplace as an alternative to the iPad. Mobile OS' require less resources, require less maintenance, are almost instant on, and in Android and iPhone OS' cases are designed for touch therefore will deliver a superior experience than Windows 7 on a touchscreen device.

I can't agree more!
M$ can never understand what usability is.

MarenLBC said,

Microsoft is taking the same approach it has taken since the beginning of the Tablet PC (which hasn't been working) which is to slap a desktop OS on a touch screen computer and call it a day. Apple has shown with the iPad that consumers want a computer experience that is enhanced by touch rather than having a computer that simply replaces the mouse with your hand. It's no secret, the HP Slate is going to flop just like all the other tablets that came before it following the same formula. Google, has the right idea and an Android tablet is exactly what we need in the marketplace as an alternative to the iPad. Mobile OS' require less resources, require less maintenance, are almost instant on, and in Android and iPhone OS' cases are designed for touch therefore will deliver a superior experience than Windows 7 on a touchscreen device.

While I do agree that an Android tablet will be awesome, I have to respectfully disagree with the iPad teaching anything. The iPad, for the majority of web experiences, is useless. The lack for Flash instantly makes it a failure for using the web to its fullest.


Having a full Windows 7 based tablet would be an ideal situation, should battery life and its touch implementation be good enough (which it isn't). If ppl had the choice between an iPhone OS based tablet, and a Windows 7 based tablet with the exact same battery life... People would take the latter. You can do more. Why limit yourself?

Edited by Benjamin Rubenstein, Apr 12 2010, 6:34pm :

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
While I do agree that an Android tablet will be awesome, I have to respectfully disagree with the iPad teaching anything. The iPad, for the majority of web experiences, is useless. The lack for Flash instantly makes it a failure for using the web to its fullest.


Having a full Windows 7 based tablet would be an ideal situation, should battery life and its touch implementation be good enough (which it isn't). If ppl had the choice between an iPhone OS based tablet, and a Windows 7 based tablet with the exact same battery life... People would take the latter. You can do more. Why limit yourself?

I agree, I want a full OS that can do what I want. None of that mobile crap. Unless an OS comes along that was designed specifically for a tablet, I'd take a desktop OS any day.

Haegr said,
Microsoft's taking the right path if you ask me.

Wrong. They're not doing anything different that they haven't already tried with tablet computers. And devices like the HP Slate will fail as a result of it. Apple in no way has invented the tablet, but they have shown the way of how users should interact with a fully touch-based OS.

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
While I do agree that an Android tablet will be awesome, I have to respectfully disagree with the iPad teaching anything. The iPad, for the majority of web experiences, is useless. The lack for Flash instantly makes it a failure for using the web to its fullest.

I have been running flash block plugins for years. I wonder what I have been missing????
Having a full Windows 7 based tablet would be an ideal situation, should battery life and its touch implementation be good enough (which it isn't). If ppl had the choice between an iPhone OS based tablet, and a Windows 7 based tablet with the exact same battery life... People would take the latter. You can do more. Why limit yourself?

People as in average consumers have no idea and dont want to know. They want a device that will do x,y,z and do it well. Geeks fool them selves into thinking the average consumer wants a full OS or a quad core CPU or whatever geek/tech crap they love.

rrode74 said,

People as in average consumers have no idea and dont want to know. They want a device that will do x,y,z and do it well. Geeks fool them selves into thinking the average consumer wants a full OS or a quad core CPU or whatever geek/tech crap they love.

Agreed. But how many "average customers" use Hulu? Or like to stream March Madness games online? Those things aren't possible without Flash.

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
Having a full Windows 7 based tablet would be an ideal situation, should battery life and its touch implementation be good enough (which it isn't). If ppl had the choice between an iPhone OS based tablet, and a Windows 7 based tablet with the exact same battery life... People would take the latter. You can do more. Why limit yourself?

Show me a tablet running a desktop OS that can last 10+ hours on a single charge and I'll consider trading my iPad in. I'm sure Apple could have made the iPad to run Flash or full OS X if they wanted to but the battery tradeoff would have been too great.

asdavis10 said,

Show me a tablet running a desktop OS that can last 10+ hours on a single charge and I'll consider trading my iPad in. I'm sure Apple could have made the iPad to run Flash or full OS X if they wanted to but the battery tradeoff would have been too great.

That's my point... Didn't I just say that? LoL

ALUOp said,
M$ can never understand what usability is.

Have you been looking at what is going on with 'usability' within Microsoft?
Perhaps you should sit back and see what great people like Bill Buxton and others are doing. They are fundamentally changing the concept of 'usability'

Your comment may have been true 5-10 years ago, but now seems like FUD from someone too lazy to keep up with the times.

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
Agreed. But how many "average customers" use Hulu? Or like to stream March Madness games online? Those things aren't possible without Flash.

That would be a valid point but remember that all these devices are coming with app stores. The need to use the browser based version is gone. Hulu will follow Netflix in making an App version.

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
While I do agree that an Android tablet will be awesome, I have to respectfully disagree with the iPad teaching anything. The iPad, for the majority of web experiences, is useless. The lack for Flash instantly makes it a failure for using the web to its fullest.

Having a full Windows 7 based tablet would be an ideal situation, should battery life and its touch implementation be good enough (which it isn't). If ppl had the choice between an iPhone OS based tablet, and a Windows 7 based tablet with the exact same battery life... People would take the latter. You can do more. Why limit yourself?

You can respectfully disagree to your heart's content but the fact is that there was no buzz in the Slate PC market until the iPad showed up. Prior to its release, Tablet PCs were not sought after by the average consumer because they were seen as professional devices only. What the iPad has shown manufacturers is that consumers DO want Slate PCs but only if they enhance the way the user interacts with the computer unlike what Windows Based Tablets have been doing the past 15 years. You may find the iPad to be quite useless which is fine but understand that the the iPad is the reason why your favorite company is going to make the slate that fits your needs.

Edited by MarenLBC, Apr 12 2010, 7:21pm :

MarenLBC said,

You can respectfully disagree to your heart's content but the fact is that there was no buzz in the Slate PC market until the iPad showed up. Prior to its release, Tablet PCs were not sought after by the average consumer because they were seen as professional devices only. What the iPad has shown manufacturers is that consumers DO want Slate PCs but only if they enhance the way the user interacts with the computer unlike what Windows Based Tablets have been doing the past 15 years. You may find the iPad to be quite useless which is fine but understand that the the iPad is the reason why your favorite company is going to make the slate that fits your needs.

that is a fair point.

dotf said,

Have you been looking at what is going on with 'usability' within Microsoft?
Perhaps you should sit back and see what great people like Bill Buxton and others are doing. They are fundamentally changing the concept of 'usability'

Your comment may have been true 5-10 years ago, but now seems like FUD from someone too lazy to keep up with the times.

While Microsoft is getting a lot better in regards to usability...saying that "they are changing the concept of usability" is far too much of a stretch. Examples of "changing the concept of usability" would be Mac OS X, iPhone OS, and Android. The one thing that keeps Microsoft's lights on (Windows) is still not as powerful or intuitive as Snow Leopard so lets cut the hyperbole.

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
While I do agree that an Android tablet will be awesome, I have to respectfully disagree with the iPad teaching anything. The iPad, for the majority of web experiences, is useless. The lack for Flash instantly makes it a failure for using the web to its fullest.

Having a full Windows 7 based tablet would be an ideal situation, should battery life and its touch implementation be good enough (which it isn't). If ppl had the choice between an iPhone OS based tablet, and a Windows 7 based tablet with the exact same battery life... People would take the latter. You can do more. Why limit yourself?

I am sorry I could not agree less about the iPad? Why are people still hung up on flash?? I've used my iPhone for browsing the net every day for the last 2 years and have never noticed the need for flash? Even when browsing the internet on my desktop I still see very little use for it? Maybe I am missing something here, perhaps someone can clear that up for me? Other than flash games which are generally of a poor quality or flash animations?

Yanno it confuses the heck out of me. The iPad interface is essentially an icon grid launcher for software. It seems to me this is EXACTLY the Windows desktop, except the latter is far more customizable. Icon sizes can be adjusted to fit as few or as many on the desktop as you'd like. Icon label fonts can be changed without hacking anything to bits. And the taskbar can be enlarged to provide far more functionality than the iPad's dock.

And yet, Windows 7 is criticized for not being a good tablet OS. It has a keyboard/inking pane that pops up with on tap, but it's criticized for not being a good tablet OS. It can run software designed for touch as it's released, or any other software you care to run, and yet it's criticized for not being a good tablet OS.

iPhoneOS is praised for being designed around tablet input, but as far as I can tell, Windows 7 can be interacted with in almost entirely the same way if you so choose. The difference is that Windows ALSO lets you use it like a full desktop, if you so choose.

The only real argument in any direction is touch app availability. Ignoring the fact that most iPhone/iPad 'touch' software BARELY takes advantage of touch (ultimately just replacing mice with your finger), and just as much iPhone/iPad software is just a standalone presentation of web content, and the rest are rehashes of every flash-based puzzle game you can find on newgrounds or msn. Ignoring all of that:

If somebody came along one day and said they developed a *full-speed*, fool-proof iPad emulator for Windows 7 that could launch at boot and allow you to run any iPad app on top of Windows, with the option to exit back to your desktop and use flash/silverlight to your heart's content, would iPad fanboys still prefer an iPad over a Windows 7 tablet?

If the answer is yes, then it's plain to see that this isn't about the devices at all, but about brand loyalty, and you can take that political crap and sit on it for all I care.

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
That's my point... Didn't I just say that? LoL

I was kinda chiming in with what you said. Sorry if my post made it seem otherwise.

Joshie said,
Yanno it confuses the heck out of me. The iPad interface is essentially an icon grid launcher for software. It seems to me this is EXACTLY the Windows desktop, except the latter is far more customizable. Icon sizes can be adjusted to fit as few or as many on the desktop as you'd l........

I think you put silverlight and flash on too high a pedestal, in work we have them disabled, at home I do to. Apart from the wife wanting to browse the 'odd' shoe store that still relies on either of them we could all live without them.

As far as the Fool proof emulator bit.... no... it would be running windows with its clutter and unintuitive interface, but i'm guessing your a geeky type so you would like to have full access to every aspect of your software/hardware which is fine but the majority of average users it wouldn't help them one bit just make everything more complicated. [take breath here ]

Edited by craybox, Apr 12 2010, 10:12pm :

MarenLBC said,

While Microsoft is getting a lot better in regards to usability...saying that "they are changing the concept of usability" is far too much of a stretch. Examples of "changing the concept of usability" would be Mac OS X, iPhone OS, and Android. The one thing that keeps Microsoft's lights on (Windows) is still not as powerful or intuitive as Snow Leopard so lets cut the hyperbole.

Windows 7 is pretty powerful and intuitive compared to Snow Leopard, I would say (along with a lot of professional reviewers). I would agree with iPhone OS and Android changing usability though.

Personally I don't see the attraction in a tablet device which is just like a large phone, and I don't care whether it runs iPhone OS, Android or Windows Phone 7. I would much rather welcome a full desktop OS on a tablet, properly integrated and designed for touchscreens. I really hope the slate can do this, but I doubt it will.

Edited by Minimoose, Apr 12 2010, 11:35pm :

Minimoose said,

Windows 7 is pretty powerful and intuitive compared to Snow Leopard, I would say (along with a lot of professional reviewers). I would agree with iPhone OS and Android changing usability though.

Personally I don't see the attraction in a tablet device which is just like a large phone, and I don't care whether it runs iPhone OS, Android or Windows Phone 7. I would much rather welcome a full desktop OS on a tablet, properly integrated and designed for touchscreens. I really hope the slate can do this, but I doubt it will.

+1 Asus has already done a terrific job off this in a netbook that costs less than $600, has a capacitive multitouch screen, Windows 7 Home Premium, runs aero, has a physical keyboard and a rotatable screen. Battery life is solid at 6hrs. It also can detect stylus input.

MarenLBC said,

You can respectfully disagree to your heart's content but the fact is that there was no buzz in the Slate PC market until the iPad showed up.

Because Apple knows that if they can't make something useful, they can advertise the heck out of it to make the public think it is.

cybertimber2008 said,
The difference however, is that Android can do it.

Yeah because there are 400-600K 1 week old iPad's that cant run at all. Did you see all of those news headlines about iPad's not able to run that mobile OS????

Every review of the iPad I have read all said the device was fast, snappy whatever. The reviews may not have liked it overall, but they all agree the iPad performance was very good.

cybertimber2008 said,
The difference however, is that Android can do it.

oh so your the science project NASA reported missing!... FOUND HIM!

Edited by dimithrak, Apr 12 2010, 8:09pm :