We’ve been hearing rumors that tablets based on Google’s Chrome OS were getting ready to hit the market for a couple of months. Now there’s word that Google is preparing a Chrome OS tablet with Verizon for release on November 26 — a day better known as Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year in the U.S. — according to a source speaking to Download Squad.
Now that Google and Verizon seem to be best buddies, given their joint policy proposal for net neutrality, it’s not surprising at all that they would work together to release an iPad competitor. And let’s not forget that Verizon is also home to the successful Droid Android phones.
The source tells Download Squad that the device will be built by HTC, which also built the Nexus One, Evo 4G, and Droid Incredible Android phones. There’s no word on specifications yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the tablet running Nvidia’s Tegra 2 platform, with a 10-inch screen, and a front-facing camera for video conferencing.
We previously reported that Acer was planning to launch Chrome OS devices in June. That didn’t end up happening, but further reports pointed to Acer readying Chrome OS tablets.
The information is still mostly rumor, but a November release date would fall in line with when Google expected to release Chrome OS, and would also be perfectly coordinated with its Chrome Web app store launch. Debuting the device on Black Friday would also be somewhat brilliant for Google. It’s a day when consumers are ready to spend like crazy, and it would also make the tablet one of the most hotly anticipated devices of this holiday season.