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Verizon planning a tablet with Google

Another iPad competitor in the works
By Don Lynn from May 11, 2010 @ 20:04 CDT



Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed plans Tuesday to release a tablet computer running software from Google at some point, but did not elaborate on timing.


The Wall Street Journal spoke to McAdam, who 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." The two companies signed a partnership last year to develop a family of mobile devices based on Android, although it's not clear if McAdam is referring to Android, Chrome OS, or just Google applications running atop something else.


Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Few will be surprised at the notion that Google and Verizon are heading down this path: The New York Times reported last month that Google was working on a slate-style Android tablet along the lines of Apple's iPad.


And tablets are the sexy new gadget of the week, with expectations that a wide range of companies will be getting in on the act following Apple's iPad launch. Nvidia demonstrated an Android tablet at CES earlier this year running on Verizon's network, but McAdam didn't specify any of the hardware partners for this particular device.



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