Google Tablet on the way?

Following Apple's unveiling of its iPad tablet computer earlier this week, could Google also be planning to launch a rival tablet running its upcoming Chrome operating system? The Chrome OS has until now been aimed at netbooks, but would seem to be the perfect candidate for a simpler tablet device - like the iPad - and could easily build on touch screen foundations used in Google's Android mobile operating system.

TechRadar attended a recent event at Google's London headquarters, where hints were given that this is a path the Chrome OS could follow. When asked about any plans for touch, Anders Sandholm - Google's senior product manager of search based in Aarhus, Denmark - struggled to directly answer the question without giving anything away.

According to TechRadar, 'When asked the question, Sandholm looked to a PR helper, chuckled nervously and said "I can't... I mean... right now we are targeting netbooks, that's what we're focused on, but I expect it to work well... we expect it to target everything up to desktop computers [...] Chrome OS will be built for a specific hardware setup."'

There are ongoing rumours that HTC will again partner with Google to produce the hardware, after their successful partnership in manufacturing the Nexus One. Earlier this month, HTC confirmed that it had been developing prototypes of tablet computer devices but had stopped the work to focus on its core business of smartphones. However, with all the recent hype surrounding the iPad, now could be a good time to come back into the game.

At the London event, Sandholm did confirm that the first devices running Chrome OS at its launch will be "netbook-based." Late last year, in another interview with TechRadar, Sandholm indicated that Google had not yet made up their mind over any touch-based plans. "I'm sure that something is being discussed [about touch input], but I'm not exactly sure what the outcome is going to be," he revealed. "Touch is definitely a possibly use, but it depends on how devices evolve over time," adding that "we are following this very closely."

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If they do, I hope it will run Android, and not ChromeOS.
A special version of Android, tailored to be better suited for tablets that is.

i hope with google at least they should not limit it in any way and allow broud support and it will be adopted unlike the apple ibookfail and ipadfail and offer way more features and stuff unlike applefail which does not and only holds things back.

We need touch with a pen input, that would be killer. It could replace a students notebook and textbooks if it were designed properly.

This is great news! More market competition from Google in the emerging tablet computing sector is a great step forward for multi-OS market integration. Let the fun begin.

R.I.P. Google!

The three Google commandments:
- Very old HTML/JS development
- Very ugly copy of Microsoft/Apple/Yahoo ideas and technology
- Very ads, ohh yeah advertisements

This is Google!

Yeah it is.

Ideas that have already been done? CHECK.
Exist solely to make money by selling advertising? CHECK.
Hypocritical motto? CHECK.

The only part that isn't accurate is the RIP comment, unfortunately.

C_Guy said,
Yeah it is.

Ideas that have already been done? CHECK.
Exist solely to make money by selling advertising? CHECK.
Hypocritical motto? CHECK.

The only part that isn't accurate is the RIP comment, unfortunately.

I think you forget to mention the fact google deliver high quality, cheap, light and almost free products so forget with the innovation but appreciate the quality!

Silverskull said,
http://dev.chromium.org/chromium-os/user-experience/form-factors

Chrome OS, flash, nearly instant-on, lightweight... yep.

I declare a win.

Crytel said,
Wow, google as our new hardware of choice? Still seems odd to me, but if so its likely I'd buy it.

Technically it wouldn't be Google but HTC. So nothing new here...

Manmohanjit Singh said,
Wow, first Apple, then Microsoft and now Google?

I'd like to see a Blackberry version designed strictly for business/enterprise use. That would sell big with the enterprise world. No more documents to carry, everything wireless and no excuses for anyone with deadlines. They can bring it anywhere and work on everything.

Manmohanjit Singh said,
Wow, first Apple, then Microsoft and now Google?

Microsoft? Do you mean MSI and HP? There have been tablets around longer than the iPad anyway.

Edited by Minimoose, Jan 30 2010, 3:20pm :

Manmohanjit Singh said,
Wow, first Apple, then Microsoft and now Google?

HP is with Microsoft. HP is selling their HP Slate with Windows 7 installed.

Manmohanjit Singh said,
first Apple...

ha ha, uhhhh no. Not even close. Tablets have been around for years before the iPad and Apple's latest blunder isn't going to change the face of tablets much, if at all.

Manmohanjit Singh said,
Wow, first Apple, then Microsoft and now Google?

Uh no, Microsoft had the first tablet OS and design with full handwriting recognition over 5 years ago... so first microsoft, then apple then google

Edited by neufuse, Jan 30 2010, 11:26pm :

dogmai said,

I'd like to see a Blackberry version designed strictly for business/enterprise use. That would sell big with the enterprise world. No more documents to carry, everything wireless and no excuses for anyone with deadlines. They can bring it anywhere and work on everything.

You must be the guy that cancels lunches and makes people work holidays. People need a break from work, when they aren't at work.

Blasius said,

You must be the guy that cancels lunches and makes people work holidays. People need a break from work, when they aren't at work.

They can take their work with them and work whenever they want.

souldreamer said,
I hope it supports flash, multitask, 16:9 and usb devices. And i hope it will be opensource.

now that is called the msi tablet

souldreamer said,
I hope it supports flash, multitask, 16:9 and usb devices. And i hope it will be opensource.

So the opposite of the iPad then? :P

souldreamer said,
I hope it supports flash, multitask, 16:9 and usb devices. And i hope it will be opensource.

hmmm....u have full featured tablet dere called HP Slate + Windows 7.