Google Developing Tablet to Take on iPad

googletablet Google CEO Eric Schmidt has confirmed that his company is developing a tablet device based on the Android operating system, according to friends that spoke to the executive at a recent event in Los Angeles. The New York Times reports that Google has “been working with several hardware manufacturers,” and “hopes to make its own apps marketplace available for new slate-like devices.”

Although Google is yet to publicly announce such a device, many signs point to its likely launch. For starters, Google has been rumored to be developing a slate device with HTC – the same company it brought Nexus One to market with – since January. Moreover, the company has already announced plans for an e-book store expected to launch within the next few months.

It’s also clear that Google has plans for Android that go way beyond phones. There’s already an Android-powered car on the way, as well as plans for what’s being called “Google TV.” While Chrome OS for netbooks is also expected by year-end (and there are rumored Chrome tablets too), an Android tablet now seems imminent.

A move into tablet devices would also further Google’s growing competition with Apple, who just released the iPad. Many other companies are also expected to join the tablet race this year, and just last week, it was reported that Nokia was developing its own device.

Are you excited about the prospects of a Google tablet? Let us know in the comments.

Get a Custom Colored iPad… for a Price [VIDEO]

ipad-colorware-200 Sure, that Apple-flavored brushed aluminum finish might work for most iPad owners, but what if you’re a unique snowflake whose extremely non-conformist identity must be reflected in every item of consumer electronics you own?

Enter the folks at ColorWare, who want to help add some serious Technicolor flair to your shiny new Apple tablet. You can customize your own look and feel by picking your a color scheme for the back, logo and home button separately using the company’s web-based Design Studio.

Unfortunately, your commitment to non-conformity comes at a steep price: a $410 service charge, to be exact. You can either send in your own iPad or pay the retail price plus service charge to order a new unit directly from ColorWare. You’d be looking at shelling out $1,110 to get a custom colored 64 GB iPad, but then, what’s the cost of your individuality? Priceless.

As you’re watching the video below, be sure to listen to that song from the tunnel scene in Willy Wonka. Would you be willing to part with $410 to have your iPad show your true colors?