Chromium, the open source project on which Google will build the next Chrome OS and future versions of the Chrome browser, released a few pictures and an intriguing video of what it calls experiments with various form factors including err.. tablets.
We've rounded five things that readers might need to know about Google's tablet projects (or at least plans/musings). Bearing in mind that a tablet is not particularly different inside compared to a smartphone and one might wonder whether Google's Nexus One doesn't have a bigger brother around.
(1) The screen's format is 4:3
This is the first indication that Google does want to position its tablet (at least the first generation) as a competitor to the likes of the iPad and the Amazon Kindle. We've already explored the advantages of the 4:3 screen over the 16:9 or 16:10 format when it comes to reading.
(2) It has a full capacitive screen
In the video, which you can view here, one can notice that up to 10 fingers can be used simultaneously. We don't know whether the iPad will offer 10 fingers navigation but the fact that Google is already thinking about it bodes well for the competitive landscape.
(3) Full HD on a 11.6-inch screen
On its "resolution independence" screen, Chromium designers have mulled the idea of having a 11.6-inch screen capable of displaying 1920x1080 which is full HD, with is equivalent to more than 190 dot per inch.
We have yet to see small screens with such a high resolution but given that Google has already thought about it, expect one such tablet to come someday.
(4) It will be built by HTC
Google loves HTC. It allowed the Taiwanese manufacturer to build the first Android-based Phone back in 2008 and eventually got it to construct the Google Nexus One, Google's first phone.
Chances that HTC has or will build Google's tablet are very, very high for a number of reasons. HTC already knows the Chrome/Android platform very well. It has proven that it can come up with products that conform to Google's ethos and there's also the fact that Tablets and Smartphones are quite similar.
(5) The prototype came after the launch of Apple's iPad
We cannot help but notice that Chromium's tablet design were revealed only a few days after Apple's iPad was launched. One can only notice a number of similarities as well, from the screen format, to the thick bezel and the round edges. Did Google voluntarily wait until after the launch of the iPad to present its own?