Google Tablet Reportedly Launching Nov. 26th on Verizon

Today brings a glut of rumored information on Google's iPad rival: the Chrome OS tablet will be manufactured by HTC, launched on Verizon, and go on sale on November 26th, according to Download Squad. Black Friday.

The rumor originates from an unnamed source, but it also adds up given what we'd previously heard and know. It's been rumored that Google and HTC are partnering on tablet hardware since January, and clearly Google and Verizon have gotten awfully cozy of late. And launching a major new product on Black Friday—the busiest shopping day of the year—would generate a lot of attention and, more importantly, hands-on time if they end up selling them in brick and mortars.

Download Squad also lists some "likely" specs, and it's not clear whether that's also from their source or just pure speculation. But let's hope for the former: Chrome OS, Tegra 2 graphics, a 1280x720 multitouch display, 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD, WiFi/Bluetooth/3G connectivity, and webcam are all listed as possibilities.

So far we'll take this with a grain of salt. We don't know how far the source is removed from the companies involved, and nothing here falls out of what "educated guess" territory would be. Still, the iPad's gone a long time without any real competition—if the rumor holds up, this holiday should make for quite a reckoning.

The above image is a Chrome tablet UI concept posted by Google in February. [Download Squad]