Rumour: Google TV? Sure... but how about a Google Tablet?

written by: Richard Kastelein

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Verizon and Google, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal are allegedly in talks about co-creating a tablet driven on Android that would take on the iPad.

Verizon wants to catch up to iPad host AT&T in devices that connect to wireless networks and Google – well they simply want to catch up with Apple. Currently AT&T is the carrier for Inc.'s popular Kindle and the new iPad so Verizon is chasing rather than leading. Note also that Google hung up their attempt at hardware in the mobile space with Nexis One.

Verizon is also lagging due to their use of their proprietary CDMA network technology, as oppossed to AT&T's more popular GSM. CDMA does not work internationally. And Verizon has had to resort to dual CDMA/GSM chips in their rumoured new iPhone.

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"What do we think the next big wave of opportunities are?" Mr. McAdam said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. "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."

Verizon Wireless declined to discuss details on the timing or the manufacturer of a such a tablet. Google's role in the tablet wasn't immediately clear, though Mr. McAdam mentioned it in the context of the discussions the two companies have about bringing new smartphones to market.

A Google spokesman declined to comment on the Verizon tablet, but said anyone can use the company's mobile software to create phones and other devices.

Google has not shied away from talking with CE manufacturers and telecom carriers to create more mobile devices driven on Android – particularly since Apple is expecting to sell between some 18 and 45 million iPads next year, depending on who is guessing.



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