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In the consideration of taking both sides of a story into account, eWeek’s Clint Boulton says that it would be very unlikely that a Chrome OS tablet would be arriving so soon. This comes a day after DownloadSquad set off a slew of articles based on this topic when they posted that an unknown source has tipped them an HTC tablet with Chrome OS would go on sale through Verizon on November 26.
Boulton’s eWeek article does have some merit, pointing out that Google had said that a netbook/laptop device would arrive first which is what was clearly said by Sundar Pichai earlier this year, who is the executive overseeing the Chrome OS product.
Yet I’m struggling with the logic of a hypothetical here, because Boulton can’t get past the fact that since the Chrome OS netbook/laptop has yet to arrive, there is no possible way a tablet could be released on November 26. However, further along in the article it cites a source with knowledge of Google says that there is no tablet set for release on that date.
Lee Mathews, the editor at DownloadSquad had this to say on his Twitter yesterday when prodded about the accuracy of reporting from a source of his.
Two sources. Two different responses. Stay tuned.
DownloadSquad’s Lee Mathews is reporting from some unknown source that the official launch date for a Chrome OS device will be on November 26. It’s said to be a tablet, and will have the basic features that were expected from the device with a 32 GB solid state drive and Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor based on ARM reference designs.
This seems a tad surprising to me since HTC was not listed as an official Chrome OS partner, but since that list was put out, the market has suddenly changed. There is a huge demand for tablets as opposed to laptops, and although we will see devices with keyboards arrive as well at some point, it’s smart to make a splash with a Chrome OS tablet for the holiday season to ramp things up.
It makes me wonder whether or not Intel-based chips are going to be a big part of Chrome OS because of the reliance on the cloud. Intel’s recent purchase of Texas Instruments’ cable modem unit to gain share in the Google TV set top box space may be a sign that they are not ready for the web application-based future like ARM is.
Hey, at least there will be some Chrome OS action for the holiday.