An article from the New York Times mentions that Google CEO Eric Schimdt revealed their intention to produce an Android-powered rival to Apple's iPad. After seeing Google's Nexus One make an okay showing, there is not much reason to think they can't pull this off.
Phandroid wrote this about Google's approach to innovation:
This wouldn’t be the first tablet device we’ve seen running Android, but it is a first from Google who is quickly becoming Apple of the new-age: supplementing great software with the hardware that they think should set the standard for their platform.
The New York Times article goes on to say that:
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.
Apple pioneered the market, now we just need to sit back and watch what happens to the market.
What about you? Are you thinking about buying a tablet in the next year or so if they mature more?
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