Yesterday, a reliable-sounding report indicated that Google, HTC, and Verizon are working together to bring a Chrome OS tablet to market on Black Friday. Now, although it’s hard to say whether the two stories complement or negate each other, word has it that Google wants Motorola to create an Android tablet for the Verizon network.
Joseph Tsai wrote earlier this morning, "As several smartphone makers are working aggressively to form cooperation agreements with Google for an Android 3.0 tablet PC, Motorola is currently the company’s priority choice, according to Digitimes Research senior analyst Mingchi Kuo citing upstream component makers."
Tsai then continued, "Kuo pointed out that cooperation will be similar as Google’s G1 smartphone, under which the two firms and their telecom partners will all have the rights to label their names on the device. Verizon is expected to be the distributor of the device in the telecoms channel."
Otherwise, a 10.1-inch screen’s on the menu, the Tegra 2 platform should be involved, and production is supposed to start late this year. There’s no word yet on pricing or an exact launch date.
Sooner rather than later, however, we may find out how Android and Chrome OS are supposed to coexist, along with how consumers react to Google’s solution.
It’s a good sign for Google that G1 sales were widely regarded as strong, at least.