Google polishes Chrome tablet

HTC and Google in apparent alliance to launch Chrome-based tablet later this year

August 26, 2010
Google polishes Chrome tablet

More details are emerging of a Chrome-based tablet PC expected to be launched by Google before Christmas. The tablet PC is expected to run Google’s Chrome operating system and will be manufactured by HTC.

To date Chrome OS, a web-focused operating system, has been purely experimental and has not been shipped on any hardware. Now it looks like Google is ready to jump into the rapidly growing tablet PC market. Chrome OS, which is built around online applications, such as Google’s Gmail and Docs applications, is Linux-based and relies on having an Internet connection to work.

HTC and Google linking up to create a tablet PC is unsurprising. HTC has established itself as one of the dominant smartphone makers on the back of Google’s Android OS. But to date HTC hasn’t had a tablet PC device in the market but has worked very closely with Google on projects such as the G1 (the first Android phone) and the Nexus. 

The HTC Chrome tablet will enter a market mostly dominated by Apple’s iPad, with other tablets such as Dell’s Streak  and Samsung’s Galaxy looking to establish their foothold.

According to the report from Download Squad, the HTC tablet will be built around an NVidia Tegra 2 processor, with a 1280×720 multi-touch display. 2Gb of RAM, a solid state drive, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, webcam and 3G support are also expected to be packed into the case.

The thing that will set the Google tablet apart is that it will run Chrome OS instead of Android or Windows 7, which most challengers to the iPad are doing. Android is a multi-purpose operating system that can be run on a range of mobile devices. Chrome is focused on users working mostly on the web.

The Google tablet is expected to be released in the US on what is called Black Friday, the first major shopping day of the Christmas season.

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