Will Google reveal a tablet PC as well as the Nexus One?
Tomorrow is the day the world expects to see exactly how much of a blinder Google has pulled, when it's likely to reveal the Nexus One handset to the world. Reports from those who have fingered the device, which escaped into the wild the week before Christmas, are ambrosial. Google seem to be taking the fight to Apple, but perhaps it won't stop at smartphones. There are reports that handset manufacturer HTC has been working on a new product for Google - tablet PC. [Note - if you're already bored or reading about tablets, 2010 is going too be the longest, most tedious year of your life. Kill yourself now.] According to Australian tech website Smarthouse:
"HTC, which been working closely with Google for the past 18 months, has several working models of a touch tablet, including one model based on the new Google Chrome Operating System, say sources."
2010 may be the year Google attempts to dominate the OS landscape, not only on mobiles with its open-source Android PS, but on PCs and laptops with the Chrome operating system. Launching a low cost tablet that undercuts whatever Apple has to offer would be one way to push Chrome into the marketplace.
The problem is that marketplace doesn't yet exist - for all the talk of manufacturers developing tablet PCs, every single one of them is waiting for Apple to create and define the market. If Google are working on a tablet, would they ever be brave enough to announce the fact before Apple? Computer says no.