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.
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