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Google to announce tablet at CES?

Google to announce tablet at CES?

Rumour has it that Google is set to announce a tablet system at CES in partnership with hardware manufacturer HTC.

While the rumour mill might still be busy with the possibility of Apple making the long-awaited iTablet a reality at the end of the month, others are looking to a new source for tablety goodness: Google, with a little help from HTC.

As reported over on The Next Web, a planned announcement from Google on the 5th of this month could hold a little surprise - and one which one-ups Apple at that.

While it's thought that Google's announcement will simply be to confirm the Nexus One 'Googlephone', which is the first handset to feature Android 2.1 alongside a nifty Snapdragon 1GHz ARM-based processor, industry pundits believe that its real purpose will be to beat Apple to the punch with a tablet PC of Google's very own.

While the rumours have yet to be confirmed, it's a possibility that holds water: Google has already worked with HTC on Android-based smartphones, and the hardware company certainly has the expertise to create a tablet-based system. Further, Google's work on the Chrome OS suggests that such a device would be more than just a scaled-up Android-based smartphone.

Sadly, with no official comment - from either company - there's no way to predict whether the announcement due in the next few days will be exactly what those hoping for a usable 'net tablet have been waiting for.

Would you be interested in a cloud-connected Internet tablet from Google and HTC, or are you still holding out for Apple's announcement at the end of the month? Do you struggle to see the point of a bulky tablet device in a world where pocket-sized smartphones and ultra-slim notebooks rule? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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daniel_owen_uk 4th January 2010, 15:07 Quote
I bet they announce a phone too ;)
DarkLord7854 5th January 2010, 00:04 Quote
A tablet? Sweeet. The NexusOne is already lookin really good, so a tablet would be awesome.
SMIFFYDUDE 5th January 2010, 03:18 Quote
I remember a few years ago when Origami was revealed, everyone was touting tablets to be the future of mobile PCs. I've heared nothing more about them since then, until now. Did anyone actually buy one? Do they exist outside CES and CeBit?
memeroot 5th January 2010, 10:19 Quote
my htc hero is fantastic so I'll be interested
bbshammo 5th January 2010, 14:24 Quote
Bring it on!

I really hope we get some new tablet pc's because there's definitely a place for them imo.

Smart phones are ok for occasional web browsing, but hampered due to the small size.

Something larger (up to around 12") with some real grunt would take web browsing, amongst many other applications, to the next level.

It'll do for home PC's what the Wii did for console gaming; making things more accessible.

I can't wait!

As for Apple Vs Google?

That's a no brainer as far as I'm concerned...

... Google FTW.
Phil Rhodes 5th January 2010, 16:15 Quote
I hate that kind of headline.

"Google announce tablet!" is an interesting headline. "Google to announce tablet?" is a headline that says "we have no idea what we're talking about but we're terrified of being scooped by someone".

The tabloid press does this all the time: "Planet earth to explode, says someone we don't trust much." Gah. Wait those "few days" an broadcast facts.
daniel_owen_uk 5th January 2010, 16:21 Quote
BTW I didn't think Google go to CES? They aren't announcing the NexusOne at CES are they?
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