Report: Eric Schmidt teases Google slate

What a surprise: Google’s rivalry with Apple will apparently extend to slate devices—and we’re not just talking about third-party iPad rivals based on the Android platform. According to the New York Times’ Bits blog, Google CEO Eric Schmidt shared details about an upcoming Google slate with friends "at a recent party in Los Angeles."

This Google slate will run Android, of course, but Google is officially keeping a tight lid on it for now. Shmidt reportedly 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." Schmidt also revealed that, unlike the iPad, the mysterious Google device will run Adobe’s Flash player.

Flash support in particular would be an interesting trait, since Apple CEO Steve Jobs has dropped strong hints that the iPad will probably never run Flash, and Apple is betting on HTML5 becoming the new online video standard. Google sticking up for Adobe could delay such a transition, although admittedly, the search giant is pursuing HTML5 in its Chrome browser and on YouTube, too.

Schmidt might not be interested in drumming up too much hype, though. Bits quotes the Google CEO as saying, "Google might not get it right the first time," before adding that Apple "probably wouldn’t either." Schmidt reportedly expects both his company and Apple will have "the next two to three years to figure it out."

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    • outspoken
    • 11 years ago

    this will crush the iTurd.

    • blastdoor
    • 11 years ago

    Didn’t google used to be a search company? Or am I thinking of somebody else?

      • indeego
      • 11 years ago

      Where are my IBM Tabulating Machinesg{

    • StashTheVampede
    • 11 years ago

    Android based tablet, powered by Tegra2 WILL be a very powerful machine to complete against other slate/pad/tablet devices.

    • Xenolith
    • 11 years ago

    I just want a Nexus One with that $30 a month data only plan. Please?

      • Namarrgon
      • 11 years ago

      How does a 0$/month plan, billed by usage @ 1.5c/MB sound? Can even make phone calls too. Can get those in Australia.

    • Jigar
    • 11 years ago

    Microsoft might not be taking Apple too aggressively, but Google is taking the fight to the next level, Android might open a can of whoop-ass against Apple 😛

    • sweatshopking
    • 11 years ago

    anyone else getting tired of every second story being about apple? I am. bring me the new shuttleworth daily updates. i want to know what his nemesis is saying!

      • Chrispy_
      • 11 years ago

      Somewhat agreed:
      Apple gets far more attention than it pays for or deserves.

      The Apple ethos of closed, proprietary platforms with limited options, lack of upgradeability, lack of choice and the will to control things that don’t belong to them (silly patents, music standards etc) are highly controversial, which is why there is so much press coverage.

      In reality though, Apple’s single most successful feature is simplicity. The stupid favour simplicity and the stupid are easier to screw money out of.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 11 years ago

      Good thing this story is about Google.

      • HisDivineShadow
      • 11 years ago

      It feels like a lot of news sources now use Apple in the same way Fox News uses Palin: to generate hits.

      Apple is a polarizing company. People either hate them or love them, not many can ride the line between. Now I consider myself a man between the two camps, to be sure, because I like my iPod and I don’t hate iTunes because I’ve found it’s getting more stable with each release and does what I need it to do. I think OSX is a great OS, I think Webkit is an awesome foundation for browsers and I wish MS had used it as the foundation for IE9 to give excellent compatibility between the Microsoft, Apple, and Google browsers. They’ve always made great displays. Pushing GPU’s is great for notebooks.

      That said, I dislike the Apple tax on computers, I find the walled garden approach to the app store to be more and more of a hindrance (ie., I don’t think Steve Jobs should be the end-all decider of what is or is not available there), I think demanding HTML5 do everything Flash has been doing is unrealistic since it’s not mature nor are the browsers it needs to run on, I think removing apps because they were built with a crossplatform solution is asinine and I think Steve Jobs abusing the system to get an organ transplant in a way few people could replicate is reason enough for him to use his wealth and his position to put pressure on changing the system with more urgency than he is doing.

      For a man that was near death, Steve Jobs is not at all worried about the people in the region who might have lived with the organ he took and instead remarkably he’s focused on getting flavor apps with bikini-clad women taken off the app store or trashing Google and Adobe for daring to question him.

      To say with seriousness that Google is out to destroy Apple because they want to give them some competition is the very definition of arrogance. Google welcomes competition, Apple becomes enraged by it.

    • puppetworx
    • 11 years ago

    FIGHT!!!!!

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 11 years ago

      Groin shot!

      • adam1378
      • 11 years ago

      Tiger Uppercut!

    • Kulith
    • 11 years ago

    Google should make their homepage run on flash, and if the user can’t use flash they should display a message that says:

    “No flash? Damn that sucks. Cya”

      • sweatshopking
      • 11 years ago

      thats a good idea. they should do that. facebook too.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    Remember a few years back all this talk about MIDs that are just around the corner and everyone is gonna have em? Well I think we’re finally seeing them, except they’re called tablets. (or pads, if you’re a lady)

      • Trymor
      • 11 years ago

      l[

        • Meadows
        • 11 years ago

        I’m certain he’s referring to medical items pertaining to genitalia.

          • Trymor
          • 11 years ago

          Viagra?

            • Meadows
            • 11 years ago

            I wouldn’t put it past him.

      • indeego
      • 11 years ago

      Any instead of everyone you have only 450g{<,<}g000.

    • grantmeaname
    • 11 years ago

    SOOOO COOOOOOOL!!!!!!
    Seriously, more open source in the world is a good thing.

      • tay
      • 11 years ago

      Yeah especially when its built on selling your data.

      • DrCR
      • 11 years ago

      Data farming FTW?!

    • Jigar
    • 11 years ago

    So now Apple has 2 big rivals to worry about, Microsoft and Google.

      • Welch
      • 11 years ago

      Which is the way it should be… That way Job’s Apple Tax will have to be lowered. OHHH NOOOO Competition, what do you have to say about that Steve Jobs?

      “We didn’t get into the Search Engine Market! But Google got into the Tablet market!” (Note.. he didn’t say this about Tablets… we are talking Smart Phones, but I wouldn’t put it past him)

        • Corrado
        • 11 years ago

        The Apple Tax? Show me a cheaper tablet that isn’t absolute garbage.

          • cegras
          • 11 years ago

          You’re implying the iPad isn’t.

            • Preyfar
            • 11 years ago

            iPad’s good, but expensive.

            iPad cost = $499 – $829
            Sleeve/Case = $25-50
            iPad Dock = $69.00
            App Cost = $10.00 average per app (iPad is useless without them), so you can look at having about $60 in apps before you get anything worthwhile out of it.
            3G = $30/mo | $360 a year

            The initial investment to get everything out of the iPad is significant, especially when looking at the 32 and 64GB version. 3G data costs aside, it’s almost to the point a 13″ Macbook is relatively cheap by comparison, and offers significantly more for your money (like an actual processor, flash for video/games and more).

            • Farting Bob
            • 11 years ago

            $10 per app on average? Really? Id guess that if you actually look at the apps people have paid for it would average to be far less.

        • indeego
        • 11 years ago

        You do realize the margins on Windows and Office hover around 70-85% rightg{

          • HisDivineShadow
          • 11 years ago

          Why wouldn’t software margins be higher than hardware device margins which are traditionally a lot lower? In this case, the fact the device costs are so high as to give them such high margins compared to other companies, I think the man has a point.

          If you’re trying to imply the “Apple tax” for devices isn’t so bad because Microsoft software has higher margins, well that feels like you’re comparing the profit margins on a razer to the profit margin on the blades and finding that blades are 10% higher and going, “Not so bad!”

            • indeego
            • 11 years ago

            No I’m saying praising Microsoft while they also have incredible margins and knocking Apple for lower margins is silly. Why we defend these companies that make massive, massive profits on us is beyond meg{.}

            • Kurkotain
            • 11 years ago

            so now we bash companies for making money?

            • YellaChicken
            • 11 years ago

            I must be going blind, nowhere in this did I see anyone actually praise Microsoft. Just saw them knocking Apple.

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