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Google readies its own tablet device

When Apple debuted its iPhone, Google returned fire with its Android OS, and finally, with the Google Nexus One smartphone. Now that Apple has their iPad, you can be sure that Google’s is not going to be sitting still on this one.

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If you thought that Google’s entry into the smartphone and netbook market was all that they were after, you’d be wrong, because it seems that Google also has plans to break into the tablet-PC market.

In an article by the New York Times, Eric E. Schidt, CEO of Google revealed that Google was exploring the idea of having a hybrid tablet device: an e-reader that “would function like a computer”.

According to Eric, the device will be powered by Google’s own Android operating system, and people who have “direct knowledge of the subject” have claimed that Google has been secretly working with a few publishers on content delivery for such devices.

However, the decision to utilize Android OS for the device instead of the netbook-oriented Chrome OS have undoubtedly raised a few eyebrows, considering that Eric himself had publicly mocked the iPad as an oversized iPhone when it was revealed that the iPad would be making use of iPhoneOS. It is possible, though, that the decision to go with Androird was made in order to leverage the wealth of applications and services which have already been developed for it.

That being said, it will definitely be interesting to see how the war between Apple and Google will escalate when Google finally releases its own slate-like device.

Source: The New York Times via Gizmodo

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