Rumor: Chrome OS tablet coming in November

An AOL-owned software blog claims Google's Web-based Chrome operating system will be coming to a tablet in November.

A mock-up of a Chrome-based tablet from Google's Chrome page. Google

As Google's partners start striding into the tablet market with the Android OS, a report from AOL-owned software blog Download Squad claims the search giant will release a Chrome OS-based tablet in November.

According to the blog, which cited unnamed sources, Google has partnered with HTC to offer a Chrome OS-based tablet. The device will run on Verizon Wireless' network and potentially be offered for a nominal price or as little as free, as long as consumers enter into a Verizon data contract. The blog's sources say the tablet will hit store shelves on November 26.

As exciting as that may sound, it's worth noting that back in May , Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam said his company is working with Google to bring a tablet to its service. He didn't say at the time whether his company was working with Google on an Android tablet or a Chrome tablet.

It's also important to note that Download Squad's report should be taken with a hefty heaping of salt. Google has yet to confirm that a Chrome OS-based tablet will ever be released, and Verizon has also remain tight-lipped on such a release. Until such a device is made official, it's probably best to hope for it but not expect it.

Neither Google nor Verizon Wireless would comment on the rumor.

Update at 10:20 a.m. PDT: Google's response added.

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