With the recent release of the Apple iPad we have begun hearing rumblings of the Google Slate. We first heard about the device in early 2009. After a few months of speculation the hype about a slate computer subsided.
Google apparently didn't forget about the Slate, they have been working on it all along. They are reportedly building a app store specifically for the mobile device.
When Google began the Books Project the idea was to catalog all the books in the world. To save old and decaying writings that can't be scanned or downloaded for one reason or another. Using Captcha Google has been able to solve issues with translating unreadable text and began downloading modern copyrighted materials. After settling or planning on settling lawsuits over books the search giant began to think about where to put all this new content. That's where the Google Slate was born in our thoughts.
Google, HP, Acer, Dell and Lenovo all have plans for slate type mobile devices. Google will surly have to put their best foot forward to compete with Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Nobel and of course Apple iPad. On the later. The iPad is in a class we fondly refer to as "Apple Class". They are a totally different animal from Android. Apple is more of a status hardware to us.
Technology users can find other equipment that will do just as good a job for what they need at a better price. But People who want Apple want Apple period. A huge Difference is Apple charges for every little thing from music and movies to app. Not only do they put a price on everything they lock down you music. We have a box full of iPods that can testify to that.
The Google already has Android and Chrome. They also have reportedly been working on a slate for over a year. These factors could push them to the front.
The NY Times is report that "Google is going one step further, exploring the idea of building its own slate, an e-reader that would function like a computer." They have also reported "Eric E. Schmidt, chief executive of Google, told friends at a recent party in Los Angeles about the new device, which would exclusively run the Android operating system. 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." Source NYT
Schmidts remarks are not a surprise to those following Google on a daily basis. The fact that these companies are jumping in so fast is the surprise. The iPad, Kindle and Nook all sold out and even became back ordered, but the question seems to remain. "Is there enough room in the space and will the slate replace the laptop?"
That's two hard questions to answer sense know one can see the future, but all signs point to yes. There is enough room for everyone in the space. Goldman Sachs says "e-reader sales reaching 20 million units by 2014". Amazon reportedly sold 3 million in 2009, Apple is supposedly sold 4 million units since launch day and the Nook from Barnes and Noble we can't find reliable stats on sales. Source WSJ
One company that is taking a stand and watch approach is our friends at Motorola. Recently in Lap Top Magazine interview co-CEO Sanjay Jha and asked about tablets and are they in Motorola's future. Specifically The question was "Do You A A Motoblur-Type Tablet In The Company's Future?" In summation his answer was if it doesn't fit in your pocket then you can't carry it with you at all times. He go's on to say they are very engaged and want to learn what tablets can and can't do.
Sanjay Jha did say that Motorola Is focusing on software. Most following the GPad news are saying that HTC would be a sure thing for developing the slate further, but if what Sanjay Jha says about software is a priority then Moto could also be working on a slate device and a the software for it. That would be purely speculation on our part though.
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