It should come as no surprise to anyone that Google is working on a tablet but even so, I canâ€™t contain my enthusiasm for this news. Why? Because itâ€™s Google and Android together in the MID/Pad/CID/Tablet space and that means that theyâ€™re actively thinking about getting Android, their apps AND THE MARKETPLACE on to other platforms. Marketplace is critical for seeding development and further interest in the sector.
There has been a lot of talk about ChromeOS being the choice for pads, MIDs and smart-books but I donâ€™t see it happening that way. Chrome doesn’t have any of the excitement that a dynamic, finger-friendly UI, location-enabled OS with app-store brings. Chrome is for the table-top. Android is the mobile OS and that fits like a glove on a handheld device.
The news comes from the NYTimes (via Laptopmag) and highlights a number of interesting consumer internet device developments. The best of which is:
Google, for example, has been working with several hardware manufacturers to push its Android software, which was originally designed for mobile phones and is a direct competitor to Appleâ€™soperating system. The company also hopes to make its own apps marketplace available for new -like devices.
The article goes on to mention Dell, Acer, Microsoft, Nokia and Lenovo along with a device from HP known as the â€˜half pintâ€™ â€“ a device measuring 6â€ diagonally. I like that thought. Check out the full article and the Laptopmag blog for more.