Google Chrome Tablet To Challenge Apple iPad?


Will Google and a Chrome tablet lead the pack?

The latest buzz on a Chrome tablet comes thanks to the Chromium Projects, which helped lead development efforts of Google's Chrome operating system and this week is showing off a number of mockups on its Web site that indicate a Google Chrome-based tablet PC might not be far off.

The Chromium Projects is not a Google-operated web site, but a page devoted to potential Chrome tablets at the Chromium Projects shows off a number of photos and design ideas for a potential Google Chrome tablet.

While the Chromium Project clearly states "this is a concept UI under development" and "designs are subject to change," the site offers a number of photos and even a video.

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Further, according to the Chromium Projects site, these are some of the Chrome tablet ideas currently on the table:

* Keyboard interaction with the screen: anchored split, attached to focus

* Launchers as an overlay, providing touch or search as means to access web sites

* Contextual actions triggered via dwell

* Zooming UI for multiple tabs

* Tabs presented along the side of the screen

* Creating multiple browsers on screen using a launcher

Apple may feel the heat of competition -- from its less-friendlier-by-the-minute old buddy, Google, no less -- right way.

Of course, tablets to rival Apple's iPad aren't exactly a new concept. There are quite a few non-Apple tablets already, with more on the way thanks to a glut of new tablet releases at this year's CES.