Google and HP Creating Android Tablets
Sometimes you shouldn't tell people secrets, even if they are good friends. Google CEO Eric Schmidt learned that lesson when he told friends at a party that his company was working in "stealth mode" to create a tablet similar to the Apple iPad.
Those friends went out and told the world.
Surprisingly, Google plans to use the Android operating system, which is popular on smartphones, to run the tablet instead of the Chrome OS that Google has been developing specifically for tablet and netbook devices. This falls in line with the iPad, which runs a slightly modified version of the operating system Apple uses in the iPhone.
The New York Times also revealed that HP is working on an Android-powered tablet, too. This is in addition to the Slate tablet the company has already unveiled. The HP Android tablet will be smaller than the Slate, with a six inch screen, earning it the nickname "half-pint" at HP.
No details are available on when these two tablets will go on sale.