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Google Chrome tablet could hit market by Black Friday

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(Read caption) HTC is rumored to be launching a Chrome OS tablet computer (not pictured).

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HTC, the manufacturer of a range of popular smartphones, including the EVO 4G, is making a tablet computer for Google, and it could hit by Black Friday this November, just in time for the holiday rush. That's the word from the blog Download Squad, which says the HTC tablet will run Chrome OS, Google's forthcoming open-source operating system.

If the folks at Download Squad have their facts in order – their item is sourced to an anonymous insider – a Google tablet would provide a welcome alternative in the tablet market, which is currently dominated by the Apple iPad. According to Lee Matthews at Download Squad, the HTC-made tablet will be "heavily subsidized" by Verizon, and "substantially cheaper" than the iPad.


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