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Chrome OS to Power Google Tablet?

Is Google ready to take on Apple's iPad with a new tablet?

If it is, it wouldn't be the first potential challenger. Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) just recently shipped its Streak tablet and other companies have products in the works including Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) with its Android-based Cius and HP (NYSE: HPQ), which is developing both a consumer and enterprise-oriented device.

Datamation reports on the latest tablet-related rumor involving Google, which has already committed its forthcoming Chrome OS to debut on a new generation of netbooks that would rely primarily on Web services and applications rather than applications stored on the device.

When Google first briefed the media last November on its plans to help spawn a new generation of Chrome OS-powered netbooks, the company said the first set of devices would be released this fall.

Despite some analyst's skepticism that the effort is on track, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), as recently as last week, said it expects Chrome OS netbooks to be available later this year.

But now a report has surfaced that the first Chrome OS hardware to hit the market will be a tablet instead of a netbook.

Read the full article at Datamation:
First Chrome OS Tablet Set for Black Friday Debut?