Now the New York Times reports that a Google tablet is imminent:
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.
The article covers other companies’ tablet plans as well, but Google’s is the big news. It’s a natural fit, given Google’s vast library of public-domain and impending library of in-copyright titles. And Google may be one of the few companies that could go head-to-head against Apple.
On the other hand, its Android phones have not captured anywhere near the marketshare of the iPhone yet, and a similar fate might be in store for a Google Android-powered tablet. Certainly there are a number of other Android-powered tablets either planned or already available, and none of them has set the world on fire yet.