Google is trying to one-up Apple, showing off designs for a new tablet computer based on its Chrome operating system that would be a direct rival to the iPad.
Just weeks after launching its own iPhone competitor in the US, the Nexus One, Google might soon extend its competition with Apple further as it seeks to push its search and other products on to as many devices as possible.
Google's user interface designer, Glen Murphy, published mock-ups of a Google tablet on the search giant's Chromium.org website, along with a video of how users would interact with the device.
Once they get the technology down, maybe they'll add a convenient little handle, and maybe a cover to protect the keyboard and screen. In fact, I don't see any big hurdles in using the inside of the cover to house the screen. That way, it could be bigger and allow more space for the keyboard.
It's going to run on the Chromium OS (which I do believe is a Linux variation).
Their user interface is boot to Chrome. Nothing else, just a browser. Tablet makes perfect sense for that kind of thin client.
I'm waiting for the real paradigm-shifting device to come out:
-fold-able or roll-able e-paper. The day I can unroll a viewing screen from the arm of my jacket is the day I am one happy man.
Kmart tablet probably as bad as it sounds
by Donald Bell
When I heard that Kmart is selling a $149 Android tablet with a 7-inch screen, I have to admit that I blew it off with a condescending snicker. No matter how you run the math, there's simply no way to turn a $149 price tag into a satisfying tablet experience--at least not yet. Logic may have gotten the better of me, though, because the demand for this Augen brand Android tablet is apparently so great, that Kmart is already issuing rain checks. In my ivory CNET tower, I forgot to calculate for the effects of a cheap price, Android fever, and blind optimism.