Well, it seems that one of the Christmas 2010 ‘must have’ pieces of tech has just taken another step towards reality, at least for our US cousins anyway. The Google Tablet rumour has been around for quite some time now and yesterday saw some new developments. DownloadSquad have come out with confirmation from an as yet unknown source, that the tablet is real and is destined for release the day after Thanks Giving in America (November 26th for those that don’t know and can’t be bothered to Google it) The same source has also said that the tablet will be manufactured by HTC as a Chrome OS tablet rather than an Android based tablet and the release will be in conjunction with American carrier, Verizon.
The choice to use Chrome OS over Android has sparked heated debate, many believe that the Android OS would have been a far superior choice. We, however, can offer possible reasoning as to why Crome OS might be chosen over Android, scalability. The Android OS is optimised for use on a mobile phone screen and would probably require quite alot of work to upsize the interface for use on a tablet sized screen. That said, nothing has been confirmed as to the size of the Google Tablet.
As far as details go, DownloadSquad have thrown together a quick render of how they see the Google Tablet looking and drawn up a possible list of specs, which if proven true, would set the Google Tab up there for combat with Apple’s iPad. These are NVidia’s Tegra 2 platform, a 1280×720 multitouch display, 2GB of RAM, minimum 32GB SSD, WiFi/Bluetooth/3G connectivity, GPS, webcam, and possibly expandable storage via a multi-card reader.
Thats all we know for now, it isn’t much to go by and doesn’t even really confirm either way, the existance of the fabled Google Tablet but if we were to bet some of our own hard earned on it, we’d bet in favour of seeing a Google Tablet at some point this year, even if it is only a US release initially. Keep an eye on the blog for any developments.