Another day, another iPad-versary (hat tip to Harry McCracken). Today Download Squad reported that an upcoming tablet from Google and Verizon is more than just a rumor…and that it will ship in time for Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season.
The “EvilPad”, as I have termed it, has a unique twist – it’s supposed to feature Google’s much anticipated ChromeOS, rather than Android. It will be interesting to see how well adapted the ChromeOS is to a touch environment as it was originally intended to be a netbook/notebook OS, whereas Android was developed to be the mobile device, touch-oriented OS.
Another challenge for the EvilPad will be the enormous game of catch-up that it has to play in the AppWars against both Apple and Google’s own Android devices. The forthcoming Chrome App Store (again, borrowing heavily from Apple, this time from iTunes) seems as if it will be leaning heavily on web apps that require constant connectivity to the Internet rather than downloaded apps. If you have an 3G or higher unlimited data plan, maybe that works, but that seems to be counter to the trend from all wireless providers. Maybe Google and Verizon will be providing EvilPad users access to the Schminternet
And of course, we can’t not report on the specs. As usual for HTC-built, Google-based devices, the hardware looks impressive, but we all know that hardware without excellent software doesn’t mean a heck of a lot. Download Squad reports:
- NVidia’s Tegra 2 platform
- 1280×720 multitouch display
- Memory: 2GB of RAM, minimum 32GB SSD
- WiFi/Bluetooth/LTE connectivity
- Possible expandable storage via a multi-card reader