Microsoft and Google Flirting with the Idea of Releasing Their Own Tablets?


chrome os tablet ui mockup

NYTimes.com has posted an article on the upcoming rivals to Apple’s iPad. What’s interesting is that the post has a quick blurb stating: “Microsoft is considering building its own slate hardware to try to offer as cohesive a package as Apple and the other competitors.” Interesting, being that in the context of the statement there was no reference to the Courier — this should get the blogosphere rumor mill going. We already saw a mock-up of a fictional Windows Phone 7 powered tablet last month, which got positive feedback. And I also tweeted the wild idea (2/1/10) that Microsoft should consider making a ZUNE tablet. Anyway, later in the article the reporter writes that “Google is [...] exploring the idea of building its own slate, an e-reader that would function like a computer.” However, what may be surprising to some, is that the Google tablet would run Android, not Chrome OS (details, rendering above), according to comments made by Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, at a gathering recently. I don’t know about you, but the only thing I read in the article that felt certain was that HP would eventually sell a mini, 6-inch Android tablet (aka “the half-pint”) with design inspiration from the HP Slate and Nokia would introduce a tablet of their own at some point in the near future (no OS details were given). I guess we’ll see what pops up in the coming months. [via]




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  • jurrabi

    In Spain we usually say: “culo veo culo quiero”. Roughly translated it means, what I see is what I want.

  • http://www.ehomeupgrade.com Alexander Grundner

    I agree. The simplicity of the Chrome OS tablet looks pretty hot. I'd buy it.

  • jurrabi

    I didn't make myself clear. What I meant is that Microsoft wants what Apple has…