Google expected to begin selling ‘iPad killer’ soon (with video)

Ashlee Vance and Nick Bilton report for The New York Times, “Google — a search and advertising company — is soon expected to begin selling its version of a slate computer, like Apple’s iPad.”

Google’s plan is to offer a device that would function as “an e-reader that would function like a computer,” Vance and Bilton report. “Eric E. Schmidt, chief executive of Google, told friends at a recent party in Los Angeles about the new device, which would exclusively run the Android operating system. People with direct knowledge of the project — who did not want to be named because they said they were unauthorized to speak publicly about the device — said the company had been experimenting in ‘stealth mode’ with a few publishers to explore delivery of books, magazines and other content on a tablet.”

MacDailyNews Take: Eric T. Mole loves “stealth mode.” After all, it’s the very mode in which he operated while on Apple’s Board of Directors and also, of course, while on some other “excursions.”

Google’s tablet UI concept demo:

Direct lonk to video via YouTube here.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple leads. Google follows. As usual.

And, Microsoft says, “Hey, no fair, Google! Following Apple around like a brain-damaged, three-legged puppy dog and calling it ‘innovation’ is our ‘strategy.’ And, we like it. We like it a lot.”

[Attribution: The Huffington Post. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Robert S.” for the heads up.]

63 Comments

  1. That thing is HUGE!!!!!!! Did anyone else pick up on that? That is about the size of my computer monitor compared to the size on the hands on the video. You would look like you were carrying around a poster-board under your arm!

  2. If the “hands” in that video are the size of mine, that “tablet” would be more like a “countertop”. That thing would have to be about the size of my 27″ Mac’s screen.

  3. “an e-reader that would function like a computer,” sounds like a pre-face saving exit strategy should the device fail. It’s not really a computer you know!

  4. Forget the size for a moment. The big difference is the windowing/multitasking environment. IF, I say IF, Google pulls this off there will be a lot of interested parties. Think of it as a portable Big Ass Table.

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