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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.

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.