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Google tablet to use Chrome browser, handle Flash

updated 06:30 pm EDT, Mon April 12, 2010

Google tablet may use full web browser

Google's just-leaked Android tablet could pack a full-fledged web browser if a further slip proves true. Although it would use the mobile OS, it would have the full Chrome web browser rather than what's normally built-in. Flash is also expected by the NYT and would be in keeping with Google's recent Chrome tie-in with Flash.

Talking to those at the same Los Angeles party, CEO Eric Schmidt was purportedly cautious, admitting that Google "might not get it right" on launch. At the same time, he noted that Apple's iPad could face trouble as well and that it may take future revisions to master the tablet category. Both have the "next two to three years" to improve.

The tablet still doesn't have a release date and may not be ready for sometime, as a separate source in the new leak warned that Google is "wrestling" with several parts of the design.

As with Android, the tablet would take on the iPad more directly as it too may get publisher deals for books and magazines. Google, however, would emphasize the open nature of the platform and very likely allow more kinds of apps as well as utilities that can actually customize the OS itself. Most of its OS efforts have usually been intended solely to help users reach the Internet rather than as the sales goals themselves, as with the iPhone or iPad.


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  1. Marook

    Forum Regular

    Joined: May 1999

    -11

    Flash = No buy from me!

    Get that s*** ot of my world! Is it that hard to understand? Flash is sooooo '90... !

  1. WiseWeasel

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    Joined: Apr 1999

    +8

    Obvious

    K, Flash on a mobile device web browser is fine, as long as it comes bundled with FlashBlock, so that it doesn't waste a bunch of battery power on website ads.

  1. mr100percent

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    Joined: Dec 1999

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    Unworkable

    Flash won't work properly on a touchscreen. How will it tell the difference between a mouseover and a click?

  1. petsounds

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    Joined: Apr 2007

    +7

    re: Unworkable

    The forthcoming Flash Player 10.1 has APIs for full multitouch support, as well as accelerometers. Obviously previously-created content will not work for rollovers, but that goes the same for Javascript rollovers.

  1. dimmer

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Feb 2006

    -7

    Target

    So it ends up being a tablet for the geeks who like to tinker, probably unusable by the common people. Go for it Google.

  1. rtamesis

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    Joined: Jan 2000

    -2

    Geeks will love it

    They can use it to get to the Android p*** Store App.

  1. facebook_Johnny

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    Go Google!

    Yes thank the lord for google!
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  1. facebook_Johnny

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    Go Google!

    Yes thank the lord for google!
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