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Google working on Apple iPad killer

Google appears ready to steal some of the thunder garnered by Apple in the race for mobile computing dominance, looking to create a rival to the iPad.

According to the New York Times, Google CEO, and Steve Jobs’ archenemy, Eric Schmidt told friends about the new tablet at a recent party in Los Angeles. The paper’s sources point out that Google has already been talking with publishers about delivering content for the platform.

Surprisingly for those that have followed the rumored Google tablet, the operating system would not be Chrome OS, but Android, the highly fragmented operating system run by smartphones sold by Dallas-based AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and others. Why would Google develop a tablet running Android? The same reason Apple developed the iPad based on the operating system for the iPhone, the availability of apps already developed for the OS.

The story indicates that the Google tablet is likely to be an e-reader of sorts that also functions as scaled down computer, again, much like the iPad, although reading books on the iPad is one of the lesser championed features of the device by Steve Jobs. I concur. Reading books on the iPad is taxing given the grand screen resolution of the device. After a few pages one’s eyes begin to tire. The Amazon Kindle, which I also have, in addition to having an iPad, is a far superior device for reading books given its use of e-ink.

What do you make of the development of a Google tablet? Any surprise that it apparently would run Android? Which tablet device would you be more apt to purchase, the iPad, Google’s tablet, the HP Slate, or another device (please don’t say the JooJoo)? Comment below, submit any questions to us via Formspring, follow us on Twitter, and become a fan of our Facebook page, for the latest in social media, and technology news and to participate in our contests!
 

Comments

  • Kevin Lewis 4 years ago

    I was going to get an Ipad but now it deff android all the way

  • Stewart 4 years ago

    Will have to wait and see. The Nexus One costs more than the cheapest iPad and has had its issues. I will make my tablet decision later in the year when they all arrive.

  • BJD 4 years ago

    Intel Classmate PC

  • Zack 4 years ago

    I'm trying to get my hands on the Verizon Nexus One for Android, but as far as a tablet goes my HP Touchsmart TX2 1020US will do just fine. It also has a pressure sensitive pen and a real keyboard when all else fails. Hard to play Flash games that rely on a keyboard when the on-screen keyboard blocks half the page, no? And it's no sacled down device. It's a fully functional Windows 7 machine.

  • James 4 years ago

    The Google pad will be an epic failure and only contribute to the iPad's success. Look no further than the title of this article. It promotes the iPad name, establishes it as the standard, but leaves us without so much as a name of the product the article is ostensibly about.

    By the time the counterfeit iPad by Google makes it to market, there will be 1.5 to 2 million iPads in circulation. iPad will have an order of magnitude more apps available, and a far greater selection of content. iPad killers are going to end up like all the predicted iPod killers. HP and Dell will meet a similar fate. If Michael Dell were smart he'd give up now and liquidate his company and return the money to the shareholders than bother with taking on the iPad. The Dell Streak (great name for a touchscreen device) will flop worse than the Dell Jukebox (as everyone has likely forgot, that was Dell's effort at an "iPod killer.@

  • AllanP83201 3 years ago

    @James you are a dumbass, google owns the internet already it is thee most used websight in the world. i guarantee they can out advertise and out do Apple. oh and as far as my research its going to use Chrome OS not android but all android apps will be possible to use on it. also it will multi task where as the Ipad cannot yet but of course the update to multitask should be out sometime in the end of october. it wasnt suppose to be released until spring but Apple is afraid of google so there pushing there release date up

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