The IPAD has competition!
The tablet that Google and Verizon have been working on now has a reported launch date: this year’s Black Friday.
According to Download Squad, the device will be built by HTC and run on Chrome OS — an indication that Google() remains committed to the nascent operating system despite the huge momentum currently behind Android, which powers another tablet device that debuted just last week, the Dell Streak.
Today’s report goes on to say that the tablet could be as cheap as free with a Verizon data plan. That wouldn’t be a total surprise –- Verizon currently offers a number of netbooks essentially for free –- though it would obviously give the device a significant price advantage over the iPad.
Download Squad also details the purported specs of the tablet, featuring at least one key differentiator over the current generation iPad: a webcam.
Google and Verizon remain mum on their tablet plans, though a holiday launch is consistent with what we’ve been hearing and would obviously make a lot of sense from a competitive standpoint. It’s worth noting (though it’s likely completely coincidental) that the news follows more details emerging last night about the Chrome Web Store, a place where users of a Chrome OS tablet could conceivably buy apps.