Google Take on a tablet

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Kinobi, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Waaaaaay to early to speculate on this

    Google = "it will be everything the iPad is not"

    Promises are easy to make

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  2. zapp macrumors regular


    Aug 23, 2003
    from the mock up it looks like a 30 inch display on a table, yeah that is a iPad killer.
  3. lordhamster macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2008
    Thats all fine and dandy, but until they announce a day I can buy it its vaporware just like the MS Courier.
  4. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    You do realize the mockup video had nothing to do with the dimensions of any device. Clearly Chrome OS is going to run on multiple netbooks and multiple tablet PCs. It isn't constrained by screen size since all the apps will be web apps.
  5. plasticphyte macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2009
    Not just an iPad killer (yeah I saw the sarcasm ;)), but an iBack killer too. ;)
  6. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    If they go fully web apps, it will fail. Look at how quickly Apple reversed their stance on apps for iPhone being web only.
  7. CyberBob859 macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2007
  8. lordhamster macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2008
    I'm not sure it would fail. I'm sure it would work for many people. It would be no good for me though because I need some offline access. Although HTML5 on such a tablet should allow for some degree of offline work.
  9. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    We'll see.

    There's usually a big chasm between the idea and actual implementation.
  10. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    maybe a better fit fot chrome os than netbook. but if google wants to compete in that "pad" market, then it needs to get it out in 2 months.

    looks like it can do multitasking too.
  11. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    How about actually polishing the OS and making it viable before pushing out more beta operating systems onto mobile devices?

    That might help them in their quest to "kill the iPhone" or "kill the iPad."
  12. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
  13. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    Yeah google seems to be all over the place on the OS front, and I think it means a lot of half-arsed operating systems instead of one with the potential to really change Apple in the mobile space.

    How is someone going to challenge apple in the iPad space when nobody touches them in the phone space. By opening up this new front Apple has created a lot of trouble for its competitors who already trailed them.

    They can't just do what apple essentially did which is take their top notch product and make it bigger. They would be taking a second rate product and make it bigger which guarantees it would still be second rate.

    Which means they will have to spend substantially more money and time than apple trying to catch up.

    Plus Google's primary business is selling advertising. That is what almost all their revenue comes from. Apple is a hardware company.

    Unless google can figure out how to make all these OS'es come back and increase the bottom line of their core business it doesn't make a lot of sense for them.

    Not to mention with them running around stepping on everyone else's toes now everyone else is looking at them dangerously and they will end up losing access to ad views because they will be replaced by Bing etc.
  14. DrStrange macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2008
    All Google ever does (aside from Search) is release half-ass 2nd rate products they copied from Apple (and other companies).
  15. shakenmartini macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2008
    This is true, but I think Google sees the value of having viable platforms that are independent of Apple and in particular Microsoft.

    As far as Apple is concerned Google is no competition. They simply are too half baked at all of their applications to be a viable competitor to Apple who sells the "whole experience". If Apple has demonstrated anything, it is that they can charge 2-3X the cost of PC's for things that actually work and focus intently on the "whole experience".

    On the other hand. Microsoft should be quaking in their boots. MS is already half to three-quarters baked, and so from what I have seen, consumers don't see much difference between Google's half baked apps/products/browsers and Microsoft's half baked apps/products/browsers.

    But since Google's stuff is either free or cheap, consumers prefer Google's stuff.
  16. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    None at the mean time. It's way too early to tell.
  17. smiddlehurst macrumors 65816

    Jun 5, 2007
    Must admit, I really don't get this. Oh, I understand the Chrome OS path well enough and I can see it being implemented on tablets simply because it only really uses web apps so it should be relatively easy to build an interface that at least kinda works with both mouse and touch interfaces.

    What I don't get is why people think, even for a moment, that this will be a better user experience than the iPad. It's basically just a web browser with enough of an OS behind it to run the hardware and provide some basic integration for off-line data (but I believe only first party apps can do that). Google is famous for producing very functional but plain interfaces and while it may be open source I just don't see that even a complete reskin ala HTC on Android phones is going to be enough to beat the ultra-slick design gurus at Apple.

    Yes it may have multitasking but if you can't run local apps what's the point? If that's really their definition of multitasking then the iPad and Safari can do exactly the same thing. It'll be cheaper I guess but I can't help but feel this is following the same lines as Linux Netbooks: bought because they're cheap, returned when the functionality and ease of use doesn't meet user expectations.
  18. master-ceo macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN
    I cant wait to see what The finished joint will look like. :cool:

    I will be spending my hard earned money wisely this year.
  19. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    It's easy to see that they are trying to follow Apple's footsteps by creating Chrome OS versus Mac OS X , their own music store versus iTunes, their own phone (Nexus One) versus iPhone, and now their "Tablet" versus the iPad.

    Do you see what they're clearly trying to do?
  20. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    Apple has done the same in each of those categories as well.
  21. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    That is incorrect. With HTML5, any web site/app can store offline data (in Chrome and Safari).

    I think what people fail to realize is that with HTML5, you can now create a full web app with the same functionality as iPhone apps (with full storage). And like the iPad, these apps will be able to use a much larger screen to have more complex UIs. The real downside is gaming. I don't think you will be able to get the same gaming experience on Chrome OS except for Flash games.

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