By Richi Jennings. August 18, 2010.
Persistent rumors of a Google tablet computer, or "gPad" simply won't die. This time, we're told Google and Verizon will be selling a Google iPad-a-like from November 26. But if you were expecting an Android device, you'd be wrong -- according to the rumor-mongers, it's running Google's thin-is-in-client platform: Chrome OS. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers look forward to Black Friday.
Your humble blogwatcher selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention Simon's cat in the box...
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Lee Mathews either has a well-placed source, or is speculating wildly:
Google is building a Chrome OS tablet. It's real, and it's being built by HTC. ... You can bet Google's Chrome OS tablet will be heavily subsidized ... substantially cheaper than the iPad -- if not totally free -- with a Verizon data contract.
...It'll likely be based on NVidia's Tegra 2 platform ... 1280x720 multitouch display, 2GB of RAM, minimum 32GB SSD, WiFi/Bluetooth/3G connectivity, GPS, webcam, ... expandable storage via a multi-card reader.
But when, Satsuki Then?
The rumor-mill ... [says it] will launch on ... Black Friday ... leading to speculation that Verizon will couple the slate with some seriously subsidized pricing so as to lure in would-be iPad buyers. ... NVIDIAs Tegra 2 ... would be a departure for HTC which has generally stuck with Qualcomm for their mobile chipsets.
...Its not the only tablet thats believed to be headed to Verizon. ... These are expected to slot into different niches ... with the so-called BlackBerry BlackPad being ... for business and enterprise users, while the Motorola slate is tipped to have tighter integration with Verizons FiOS TV service.
Yes, Karl Bode reminds us that Verizon isn't only a wireless carrier:
Tablet mania has clearly infected many ISPs, who will either be offer TV Everywhere Internet video apps for tablets (Comcast, Cablevision, AT&T, Time Warner Cable) -- or offering tablets themselves later this year.
...Expect ISPs to give these things away ... if you sign a long-term wireless broadband contract.
Pathik Shah stares at the calendar:
November 26 ... Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. ... The rumor actually makes sense as Black Friday would probably be the best day to launch a new product. ... Now we know why Google was so eager to comply with Verizon on the Net Neutrality proposal.
Meanwhile, Peter Ha ponders Google's OS dichotomy:
We've heard that the fabled Google tablet will either be running Android or Chrome OS. ... News out of GDC Europe indicates the Chrome web store will be launched in October. Doesn't that directly compete with the Android Market? Isn't Android 3.0 supposed to be a tablet-specific OS?
...Back in July of 2009 when Chrome OS was announced, Google said, ... "While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation." ... That doesn't really make things any more clear, does it?
So Brad Linder 'splains:
Chrome OS is based on the Google Chrome web browser, and its designed to blur the lines between a desktop operating system and web-based apps. Want to write a document, watch a movie, chat with friends, or do just about anything else? Theres a web app for that.
But, as ever, some urge caution, including Eric Calouro:
As for now, we would advise you to take the above information ... from what has been described as an unknown source ... with a grain of salt, at least until some more information on this so-called tablet is made available.
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