Verizon and Google set to partner on new tablet device

The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon is partnering with Google to release a tablet computer, possibly to compete with the wildly successful iPad. Verizon chief executive Lowell McAdam said that "[Tablets] are the next big wave of opportunities," and that they are trying to deepen the current relationship between his company and the search giant. 

In releasing both the HTC Droid and HTC Droid Incredible, Verizon has proven their willingness to stand behind Google's Android operating system, and releasing a tablet with Google software, a device that would most likely define Verizon's stake in the wireless broadband market, only serves to solidify that relationship even more. 

However, Verizon has a long way to go before becoming a potential competitor against the market behemoth that is Apple's iPad. After selling 300,000 units on its first day (and 1 million units in 28 days) and garnering high marks from most reviewers, targeting the iPad and AT&T will certainly be no easy task. 

As far as what OS will actually run this Verizon tablet, McAdam wouldn't give specifics. He said, "We're looking at all the things Google has in its archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience." Google only has two operating systems, Android and Chome OS, and the likely candidate for a tablet operating system would be Chrome OS, but McAdams comment is vague. 

Verizon did not comment about the timing of such the joint project, or which manufacturer would produce it. 

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Nice, glad to see companies going against the competition and actually competing and not throwing out insults and trash talk.

Isn't Apple currently tied up in legal battles because its iPhone/iPad 3g only works with one carrier causing a monopoly. How is this different that no one has thought about that yet? O yea. Its Google and inherently not evil according to Neowin. woops my bad forgot about that....

SputnikGamer said,
Isn't Apple currently tied up in legal battles because its iPhone/iPad 3g only works with one carrier causing a monopoly. How is this different that no one has thought about that yet? O yea. Its Google and inherently not evil according to Neowin. woops my bad forgot about that....

... you really do just spout random crap don't you? AFAIK, there is no legal battle over the iPad only being available on AT&T, and why would there? The Samsung Moment is only available on Sprint, the Droid is only available on AT&T, etc, etc, etc... just because only one carrier has a specific device doesn't mean there is some kind of monopoly.

There are lot's of alternative devices to the iPad, so no monopoly exists.

Don't need a 3G tablet tied to a carrier - I would just use it in the bedroom for some late-night surfing and possibly in the toilet for a quick wa, er, email check.

A simple WiFi enabled tablet will suffice.

Regardless of sales figures, Verizon is helping make the push to this new 'device-era'. I'm interested to see what they cook up. My only concern with Verizon is in the past they have locked down devices and functions to suite their needs. Not so much with Android, so I'm hopeful.

Hopefully, this isn't some exclusivity contract on a 'google tablet' that keeps them from operating outside of Verizon either.

SaltLife said,
Regardless of sales figures, Verizon is helping make the push to this new 'device-era'. I'm interested to see what they cook up. My only concern with Verizon is in the past they have locked down devices and functions to suite their needs. Not so much with Android, so I'm hopeful.

Hopefully, this isn't some exclusivity contract on a 'google tablet' that keeps them from operating outside of Verizon either.

If it's Verizon, watch out... they will sell you your "unlimited" data contract then 30 days later tell you you're using it too much... Verizon's idea of unlimited is definately not the same as the rest of the world. As for Apple's "wildly successful iPad", one million sold is nothing... it's 1/5 the sizie of Atlanta's population. It's not a question of how many sold, it's how many are actually in use a year from now. Only time will tell.

SaltLife said,
Regardless of sales figures, Verizon is helping make the push to this new 'device-era'. I'm interested to see what they cook up. My only concern with Verizon is in the past they have locked down devices and functions to suite their needs. Not so much with Android, so I'm hopeful.

Hopefully, this isn't some exclusivity contract on a 'google tablet' that keeps them from operating outside of Verizon either.

I think the biggest question outside of lock in is whether they have the capacity to deal with a large increase in data going across their network - have they upgraded their backbone to deal with it? We've already seen the effects of a rapid influx of people to the AT&T network and how it was unable to handle the massive increase in data traffic.

Article is inaccurate...to wit "with the wildly successful iPad".

Only Apple spin central is presenting these weak sales figures as successful. I'd argue they aren't even that. And "wildly"...no...not even Jobs is using that kind of hyperbole.

excalpius said,
Expect it to be all white and plain looking. 8P

And ugly graphics and icons as well.