Taiwanese phone maker HTC is set to enter the nascent tablet market next year with an iPad rival running Google’s Android operating system.
Speculation about the tablet initially surfaced on Taiwanese site DigiTimes which cited locally based component makers as the source of the story.
According to PocketLint, the company is also collaborating with US carrier Verizon on a Google Chrome version of the the as-yet-unnamed device.
The tablet market is set to become increasingly crowded in months to come with BlackBerry’s BlackPad due to land soon, alongside a slew of Android efforts from the likes of HTC’s domestic rival LG and Toshiba.
Samsung is also preparing an Android tablet, which will feature the same Galaxy branding as its huge-selling Android smartphone the Galaxy S.
However, HTC’s close relationship with Google is likely to stand it in good stead, as are the strong sales of the Desire and Legend smartphones.
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