Google's Schmidt says Android tablet to compete with iPad

Google's Schmidt says Android tablet to compete with iPad
The New York Times says it publishes "All the news that's fit to print". That means that when Google CEO Eric Schmidt opens his mouth at a party, reporters have their notepads out to take down what is said. At a recent party in L.A., the executive was heard to be talking about an Android powered tablet that would compete with the Apple iPad. According to the Times, the device would be "an e-reader that would function like a computer" and the Mountain View based company has been in touch with publishers to allow for books and magazines on the slate-like tablet.

A tablet running on Android could present competition for the iPad. Android would open the door to Google's multitude of services and when it comes to using the cloud, the open source OS get sit while Apple still doesn't. And while the App Store still has a multiple of the number of apps in the Android Market, the latter is moving fast to close the gap. Those "in the know" about the project say that Google has been working in "stealth mode" trying to put together all of the pieces. As for which company will be manufacturing the Android tablet, the Times story says that Hewlett Packard has been working on such a device called the "half-pint" with a 6 inch screen measured diagonally.That would make it smaller than the iPad. No word on when the Android tablet would be launched or what the price range would be. For those who have become fans of the Android OS, offering an alternative to the iPad can not come fast enough.

source: NYTimes via Wired

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7 Comments

1. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

ICD VegaAnother potential competitor to the iPad is the Vega, which was announced in November 2009 and is expected to hit the market in the first half of this year. Produced by Innovative Converged Devices, the Vega is expected to run the Android 2.0 operating system and features a large, 15.6" touch screen, although two smaller sizes will be available. The device will have 32 GB of internal SD storage, a removable charging dock/stand and the ability to play on-demand Web TV, according to the company. This is the Anroid Tablet I am looking at. I hope it comes to Verizon to sell with 3G/4G service. from what I have heard too, its coming in 3 different sizes.

2. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

that was a very informative comment

3. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Everyone Bad mouth Apple but yet everyone competes with them i'm confused lol

4. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The initial idea is good. Apple I'm sure is saying they came up with the concept of a flat computing device. Maybe ole Steve was at home one day and happened to be watching Star Trek (the one with Picard). They used to use a flat panel touchscreen device for displaying & looking up data on there that they called a PADD. The original series (with Kirk) brought us communicators (most closely resembled by flip phones but the general idea for mobile phones) and bio-beds (like we have in every hospital now). They used a lot of things on that show that ended up in real life, saw this on Discovery or TLC once. The only place they really got credit for it was the first Motorola flip was called the Star-Tac. The reasons I don't like Apple products are cost for what you get, and for some things ease of use. On the last one I'm mostly talking about syncing with iTunes. I would love it if I was able to set it up like a flash drive. I could set my own folders & add music when not around my computer. I know I can add it on there like a flash drive but I won't be able to listen to it until I add it to iTunes & sync it. That right there just made it a hell of a lot more complicated than it had to be. Like they said in the Matrix, "just another means of control".

6. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

-1 for comparing Star Trek to real life

5. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Apple, Android...who cares about a Pad? Again, why would anyone want a notebook sized gadget when you can have one that fits in your pocket? I thought technology was moving up and getting better, we're moving backwards. Same thing with our country's internet access. Internet was a flagship technology in the great USA but now Asia and some European areas have twice as fast speeds and available in more locations...why did we allow this? Lazy country!

7. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

yeah I think it would be hard to find a comfortable way to type on these things..

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