Does Google Have A Secret Tablet?

15 Dec 2010, Posted by admin in Google, 4 Comments

Does Google Have A Secret Tablet?

As an SEO blog, this site tends to get a few visits from Google employees every now and then. I was looking through my Google Analytics stats the other day and noticed that, after writing my startup SEO advice post, I had a visit from Google Ireland that I couldn’t really explain.

Google Ireland visit

There was a visit from Google based in Dublin, with the screen resolution 800 x 1153. Looking further into it, whatever that device was runs Android (and Google Analytics reports Safari as the browser, although I’m pretty sure that’s because Android’s default browser uses webkit, which GA may simply record as Safari).

Google Tablet - Browser & OS

It also has Flash installed:

Google Tablet - Flash

From checking around, and from looking through Wikipedia’s list of Android devices, I genuinely can’t find what device this is. Is this a Googler that’s hacked a different device and installed Android on it, or does Google have a secret tablet?

If anyone knows what this device is – please, please put me out of my misery and let me know in the comments.

Flickr photo from Leo Reynolds

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December 15, 2010 9:25 pm

Jason Porter


December 15, 2010 10:47 pm

Andrea Moro

Maybe they are testing an iPad of second generation, not yet available to the market, but in a beta test … you know it may alway happen that some Apple employee was in Dublin for some conference and while in a pub he “forgot” the device that this time has been found by a Google employee 😀

December 15, 2010 11:50 pm

Matt Walker


I’m the guy who tweeted you earlier with the suggestion that it may be the Samsung or pretty rubbish Intempo tab.

I have been thinking about this a bit more tonight and as I read this post I suddenly remembered the Google notebook that was announced this week as being in public beta test phase.

Could it be the Google notebook that is confusing us and that the chrome OS registers as an Android device in GAo!

The reason I’m thinking about this is that it goes a little way to explaining the large resolution.

I would like it to be a Google tab thou.

December 16, 2010 9:46 am


Cheers guys – you could be right Matt, I was just talking to @goosh about that idea too, it’d be interesting (and weird) if the CR-48’s Chrome OS ran on top of Android, but I wouldn’t put it past them.

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