Google Tablet launching on Black Friday?

August 19, 2010

Google’s long-awaited tablet computer could be arriving on Black Friday. And it could be running Chrome OS rather than Android. Count me in.

The Apple iPad needs some serious competition. Thankfully there is some on the way, although when these plans for tablets by the big tech manufacturers are going to be converted into real products is largely unknown. Maybe Google has the answer.

It’s long been rumored that Google is working on its own tablet device. And now comes the biggest indication so far that this is indeed the case. While everything you are about to read remains a rumor based on one source, it all sounds plausible. And if it’s true then the 2010 holidays are going to be an exciting time in the tablet market.

According to Download Squad, Google, HTC, and Verizon are preparing to launch a tablet on November 26, otherwise known as Black Friday. This, lest we forget, is the biggest shopping day of the year, and really the last chance manufacturers have to introduce a new product in time for Christmas. So the timing seems right.

As for the details, everything is sketchy, apart from the fact that the Google tablet is going to be based on Chrome OS rather than Android. This would be huge because many other tablets are being built upon Android, but Chrome OS could offer a whole new set of features into the mix.

Further speculation suggests the Google Chrome OS tablet would be very cheap, or even free if bought with a Verizon data contract. It could be based on NVidia’s Tegra 2 platform, feature 2GB of RAM and 32GB SSD, and come with a whole bunch of features Apple controversially left off the first generation iPad.

This all appears to add up, but it could still prove to be bunkum. If not, and this does indeed turn out to be as things are, then I can imagine the Google tablet finally being the serious competition we need to combat Apple’s present stranglehold on the tablet market.

At least until the arrival of the iPad 2 early next year.

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