I’m wondering about it too. Google has just filed a trademark application for the term “SpeedBook” and apparently, it’s a “computer hardware”. Now, this could potentially be the name of the Google Chrome OS based tablet PC that is in the works.
While rumors about the device have been doing the rounds for a long while now, we recently heard about a November 26 launch. According to reports, Google is partnering with Verizon in the launch of this new tablet. November 26 – also known as Black Friday – is one of the busiest shopping days in the American calendar and a launch then appears very likely.
Since this is merely a trademark filing, we obviously do not have any other information about this new product. But one thing’s certain for now. The tablet from Google will definitely not be a “pad“.
Moving into 2010, the New York Times proudly proclaimed the new year to be the year of Tablets. From what we have seen in the past few weeks, that certainly seems to be happening.
After Apple announced its iPad, we heard rumors that Google was following suit. And now in a recent chat with ZDNet, Symbian Foundation chief Lee Williams explicitly indicated that a Symbian platform based tablets are in the works. Here is what he said
“It’s very likely that, in the next year or two, you would see such a product hit the marketplace. A lot of companies are experimenting with PDA-tablet-style form factors, also for stereo systems, and internet-connected devices running low power on primarily ARM architecture — we do get occasional interest for a few of those.”
Lee Williams further talked about making the Symbian platform open to any platform that wants to work with it. He described the foundation’s Wild Ducks project as something that will help any off-the-shelf hardware to interact with their platform.
It was only a few weeks back that people were debating on the need for a Tablet-like device. Now, with so many companies jumping in, this has been one instance where the product demand is being forcefully pushed up.
Till late last year, the tablet was just a concept – a futuristic device that had been in the making for more than a decade. But in just a span of few months, things have changed. Not only did Apple demo the iPad, but there are also rumors that Google is now looking to launch their own tablet device.
Last week we had written about the likelihood of the Chrome OS supporting touch based technology. Now there are more indications of the Chrome OS being used in an iPad-like Tablet.
Concept video and pictures posted on the Chromium developers website (The Chrome open source project) give us an indication of what the Google tablet could look like. Check it out below
TechCrunch offers more insights about the device. According to their sources, there is more than one Chrome OS based tablet in the making. However, like with the Nexus One, only one of the tablet will be officially declared a Google Tablet while the rest will run on the Chrome OS and be branded with the respective manufacturers’ logo.
With a lot of these devices expected to be out by the end of the year, do you see the laptop market in danger? What are your thoughts on this?