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Google Working With Verizon Wireless On Upcoming Tablet PC

Google Working With Verizon Wireless On Upcoming Tablet PC

We were a little surprised to initially hear this news, but should we be? Look at the mobile realm. Apple introduced the iPhone, and the iPhone OS crushed every other mobile OS on the market. A while later, Google introduced Android, and now Android is closing in on Apple's growth rate according to some statistics. Google and Apple have been quietly rivaling each other for the past few years, both looking to innovate just a bit more than the other guy. So when Apple comes out with an iPad, wouldn't you think that a Google tablet would be close behind?

We've heard of a few tablets from other companies shipping with Android onboard, but so far Google has remained silent on the matter. But a new Wall Street Journal report states that Verizon Wireless, America's largest wireless operator in terms of customer base, is currently working with Google on some sort of tablet computer. That's according to Verizon Wireless' chief executive Lowell McAdam, and the company is hoping to use this partnership to "catch up with iPad host AT&T in devices that connect to wireless networks." McAdam stated:

"What do we think the next big wave of opportunities are? We're working on tablets together, for example. 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."

No one wanted to talk about a launch date or price, but if we know Google, they're pushing hard to have this ready as soon as possible. It's a real rat race to be second in line behind the iPad, and we're sure neither company wants this tablet coming out next year. Verizon is also in an interesting place with an LTE network coming later this year; will the tablet come early and support only CDMA (Verizon Wireless' existing technology), or will it ship later as one of the first 4G tablets on the market? Either way, we could seriously see this becoming the main "iPad killer" to watch for. Anything with Google's name on it is worth paying attention to.
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This is interesting to hear at least from an innovation stand point. Looking at the current status of the communications/computer world in general, I am so reminded of the start of the home computer historically. I am also kind of surprised to see almost the exact same thing playing out in many circumstances. The only real difference I am seeing here is Google is IBM. The similarities must be frightening for anyone holding interest (financially) in Apple. If you look at it the open versus proprietary picture is almost the same exactly.

Of course back then IBM, and M$ (with IBM pushing on the proprietary form) were the big players. M$ was run by this brash little software genius named Bill Gates who is now one of the richest men in the world. Steve Job's was just as brash, and like to insist his product was the only real innovator, much like most of his statements today in the news concerning their devices, adobe, this recent survey concerning Apple and Google's place in the smart phone market etc.

I wonder if in a few years Apple will be in the same place in this market they were back in the IIE/286-386 day's. Not to mention almost dead by the time we get to the ARM1.5 ghz/ 4G everywhere days, just like the 486 days.

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I'm all for it as long as they don't price it the way they did the Android phones. If it's affordable then that will be a good thing.

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