Google Chrome OS Tablet Unlikely So Soon
Google, Verizon and HTC are building a Chrome OS tablet for Nov. 26 (Black Friday). Considering Chrome OS is supposed to launch on netbooks first, this seems to be a stretch.The Google tablet rumor continues to twirl, with the latest reports claiming Google, HTC and Verizon are launching a tablet computer Nov. 26 to grab some of the growing market Apple's iPad is carving out. The kicker in this Download Squad report is that the device is not based on Google's open-source Android operating system for mobile devices but on the Chrome operating system.
Released to open source last November, Chrome OS is a Web operating system geared to accelerate the boot process in computers. Users will access Web apps through the Chrome Web browser on Chrome OS machines, which will be absent local storage. Google even created a Web-based printing system called Google Cloud Print. The search giant said it plans to launch a Chrome Web Store this fall to host Web apps such as online games for developers. Basing the details on Google's existing hardware notes and the Chromium Website, the Download Squad speculated the device will likely be powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 chipset and use a 1280 by 720 multitouch display. The device designed to challenge the popular iPad could have 2GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, WiFi/Bluetooth/LTE connectivity, GPS, Webcam and possibly expandable storage via a multicard reader. The Chrome OS tablet talk is the latest of several tablet rumors centering around Google, Verizon and Motorola. Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam said his company was building an Android tablet with Google in May. Since that time, reports of a 10-inch, Android 3.0 tablet built by Motorola and serviced by Verizon Wireless have surfaced. The Financial Times earlier this month said Motorola and Verizon were working on an Android TV tablet.