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Acer Dismisses Tablets, Google One-Ups iPad

Gordon Kelly

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While the tech world - and consumers at large - seem deeply divided about the iPad, it does seem other companies are far less intimidated by Apple's latest creation than they were by the likes of the iPhone and iPod touch.

Underlining that impression one week on from the somewhat disappointing launch are Acer and Google. The former has seen Taiwan president Scott Lin confirm it will be sticking to netbooks and smartbooks and while he didn't dismiss the iPad specifically, he questioned its wider relevance:

“Historically, closed platforms are typically limited in terms of scale and are confined to niche markets,” he said. “Apple has built its business out of carving its own niche, which means that while Apple could see success with devices like the iPad, other players are unlikely to be able to replicate its result simply by copying.”

As for Google, it has tablet ideas of its own and shown how its impending Chrome OS could work on a tablet. Key points to note here are that this is just a concept, but also it features multi-touch (something the company has been strangely cautious of up to now) and - in my opinion - a UI to die for. Make it happen Google!

Links:

Acer via Digitimes

Google Tablet Concepts

Helmore

February 3, 2010, 5:26 am

Isn't that Chrome OS concept a project by the Chromium Open Source community and not directly by Google itself?


As for the concept itself, how big is that 'tablet' actually? A meter diagonally?

GoldenGuy

February 3, 2010, 7:12 am

Obligatory Minority Report reference #225. Seriously though, we are inching so damn close to that film it's scary.

Aaronius

February 3, 2010, 2:18 pm

It's still only a concept video.... No matter how great it is. ANd that is the problem with these things: "This is how the future COULD look!" But then when the product is realeased: "THIS is how today IS! - Sorry about that."





We'll see.

Hamish Campbell

February 3, 2010, 2:33 pm

@GoldenGuy - Admittedly I don't think we've made much movement on freaky clones who can see into the future. Though I could be wrong.

mark

February 3, 2010, 2:34 pm

I looked at the Tablet & wondered about that screen & possible damage, so I thought of a design "improvement" (well I think it is anyway!).


You attach a set of hinges to one side & put a lid on it to close over & protect the screen (no seperate case to lose). On the lid you could even add a full keyboard to enhance one's choice and...........

davidj

February 3, 2010, 2:44 pm

<I>Isn't that Chrome OS concept a project by the Chromium Open Source community and not directly by Google itself?</I>





No, Chromium is the open source project surrounding the browser, not the OS:





http://code.google.com/chromiu...


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...





Chromium OS is the open source project surrounding the OS. All rather confusing!





http://www.chromium.org/chromi...

Stelph

February 3, 2010, 3:51 pm

An excellent concept by Google, I also hope Google bring this out as I actually prefer the look of the interface over that on the Apple iPad, it is more "revolutionary" interface and seems to allow you to add a large number of apps without cluttering up the screens with icons ect, an excellent idea. I hope Google have also learned from the backlash after the announcement of the iPad that although software is important, hardware is also just as important! Something Apple seem to have forgotten/ignored with their limited connectivity and silly plug in ports. I really hope that the gPad (throwing the name out there) will include standard connectors like USB/micro USB, SD card slots ect

xbrumster

February 3, 2010, 4:09 pm

@Aaronius, totally agree, like after watching Avarta, I kinda thinking bless jack, we're still left living in this sh*thole.





It looks nice in a big screen, for tablets it would be rather small and to maximise to full screen and then minimize in order to click on blank space to open new apps seems rather a hassle

DrDark

February 3, 2010, 6:07 pm

I HATE Minority Report. Literally hate it. Almost as much as Sony & Apple.





As for this concept, I still prefer the MS one with the book shape and pen, and that sticky bit in the middle.

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