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Google Readying iPad Rival – Android gPad Tablet

Google CEO Eric Schmidt schmoozed some news about the next business of Apple’s they’re about to get all up in — an Android-based tablet competitor for the iPad. As reported in the New York Times.

Eric E. Schmidt, chief executive of Google, told friends at a recent party in Los Angeles about the new device, which would exclusively run the Android operating system. People with direct knowledge of the project — who did not want to be named because they said they were unauthorized to speak publicly about the device — said the company had been experimenting in “stealth mode” with a few publishers to explore delivery of books, magazines and other content on a tablet.

NYT’s sources point out that Google has already been talking with publishers about delivering content for the platform. Surprisingly, Schmidt said it will not run Chrome OS—as recently shown by a Chrome OS engineer—but Android, making it the true big phone Schmidt was mocking. It makes sense to build on Android, since it already has applications.

Either way, we can’t wait to see what Apple introduces next February so we can see what Google will compete against next September! (We kid! We love the competition!)