NYT: Google Android Tablet Imminent

by admin April 12, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Google is almost ready to start selling its own tablet. The device, according to the New York Times, will be “an e-reader that would function like a computer.” So close is it that Eric Schmidt, CEO at Google, was describing it to friends at “a recent party in Los Angeles.”

The slate-like computer will run Android, and anonymous sources say that Google has already been working with publishers to put books and magazines on the device.

The choice of Android seems odd, given that Google is committed to the Chrome OS on the netbook platform. But Chrome will be an almost non-existent operating system, offering just enough software to load a browser and access Google’s online services. Android, on the other hand, is already well developed and full-featured enough to offer all that you get from Apple’s iPad. It is also designed to be used on a touch-screen device, something that can’t be said for a skinned desktop OS like Windows 7.

Read more: wired.com