Android tablet imminent, says NY Times

It’s not that crazy to hear that we’re going to get Android tablets, particularly in wake of the iPad’s release, but the Grey Lady is reporting that Google itself is looking to make and sell the hardware.

While this wouldn’t be unprecedented, as the search giant also sells the Nexus One, it’s an interesting twist. I would hope they’d stick with HTC because it seems like it could create a killer tablet.

Eric E. Schmidt [Editor’s note: what’s with including his middle initial?], chief executive of Google, told friends at a recent party in Los Angeles about the new device, which would exclusively run the Android operating system. People with direct knowledge of the project — who did not want to be named because they said they were unauthorized to speak publicly about the device — said the company had been experimenting in “stealth mode” with a few publishers to explore delivery of books, magazines and other content on a tablet.

I think Android could eventually be better suited for a tablet form factor than the iPhone OS – just think of how good widgets would work on a big screen. What do you think? Would you consider a Google tablet over the iPad?

[Via The New York Times]

  • Terry Meehan

    Look, if the Google Tablet Android arrives , I think it should also be 'pretty, slick, fast, light as possible, sexy. The reality that Apple has taken the world by Storm and their product is 'pretty'.
    If I was Google Director, I would not compromise on that – take Apple on with what it is good at,, that is what the customer wants today. Not just grunt and power.
    But Google needs to add in utilitarian sub gadgets – SD car, phone as well tablet, USB port, sexy colours
    Google seem to be impatient, they are not marketeers, they are developers. They need to wait and give us a product that is both pretty and 'complete'.
    Cheers from Terry in Melboune, Victoria, Australia (Down Under)

  • Terry Meehan

    Its funny isn't it, Jobs has sophistication, beauty, slickness marketing focus in design and presentation – he needs to get back to utilitarianism – you know, put a phone in the IPAD, put an SD card in it, put a usb port in it. But Google need to be patient, develop pretty, slick, fast, colourful tablets, market like Jobs – , organised, secret,, contemporary
    I can tell you what we want as customers.It is is a one stop shop product – the web, the phone, the SD card, the USB, the ability to watch the football from Foxtel while having dinner at a restaurant – Get the drift???
    Cheers from Terry in Melboune, Victoria, Australia (Down Under)

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