Google tablet review
Not Really! It is not out yet of course.
Google started life as nothing but a lowly search engine, however over time as their profits increased they began looking into other aspects of technological research. You have their self-driven cars, Google Street View and the Android Operating System. The latest word on the street however is that a Google Tablet PC is on the way, being billed as a direct competitor to Amazon’s own Kindle Fire.
Details are rather sketchy at the moment about this machine, all we really seem to know is that the Google Tablet PC will boast a 7 inch screen. Details first appeared in the ‘New York Times’ where a direct quote from Google started it would be ‘an e-reader that would function as a computer’. This shows that Google will be aiming more at the Kindle than the iPad, although of course Apple should still be worried as there is only room in a person’s life for just one tablet PC. There are reports that a number of publishers have been contacted to test data sending direct to the device over a network, pretty much the same way that the Kindle works for newspapers and magazines at the moment. Which does seem to place a hint that perhaps the Android Tablet will have both 3G and WiFi as standard.
Of course with a Google Tablet PC you will have access to a vast array of applications on the Android App store. Unlike Apple though it is unregulated and you can really pick and choose what Apps you wish to place on it. They can even come from third party sources if you so wish. This approach of course has both up and downsides, but they are out of the scope of this report.
So what would a Google Tablet PC look like? Well nobody seems to know really. Various websites are currently reporting that it will have a 7 inch TFT screen, apart from that everything is a little vague. Google have in the past released mock-ups of a Chrome based tablet which could give some indication as to how an Android based system would work.
What we do know however is that the computer will run on an Android Ice Cream Sandwich and production of the unit is set to begin in April. Rumours have also indicated that the system will most likely be produced by Asus, therefore it will run on their hardware. It will also most likely be called the Google Nexus. The price of the machine is likely to be less than $250 and will focus as a basic multimedia hub, the focus for Google will be shifting some apps through their store in order to make back their investment.
The Google Tablet PC is something to be very excited about. The Android operating system has gone from strength to strength in recent times and now boasts an App store which will easily rival Apples. I would keep an eye out for this if I were you, the price point will most likely be something that all of us could afford and should send the Google Tablet PC right into the top selling tablet PC’s of all time, Apple, be worried.