Verizon and Google working on iPad rival

Verizon may hope that a tablet created in partnership with Google could compete with the iPad

Verizon and Google are working on a tablet computer that will compete with Apple's iPad, confirms Verizon.

The wireless operator would not provide details about the device, and Google said it had nothing to announce. The news was reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal, which said Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam mentioned the product during an interview.

The tablet presumably would run Google's Android mobile phone operating system, which can be — and already has been — used to run a tablet. Archos offers a small Android tablet, and rumours of Android tablets from Motorola and Dell have been circulating for months.

AT&T currently has the exclusive carrier deal for the popular iPad tablet in the US. Verizon may hope that a tablet created in partnership with Google could compete with the iPad.

Verizon has said it is interested in carrying Apple's popular iPhone, but so far AT&T continues to hold an exclusive grip on the phone in the US. When Verizon launched the Motorola Droid, running Android, it positioned it as a competitor to the iPhone. Selling an Android-powered tablet may be an extension of that strategy.

Apple said it sold 1 million iPads in the first 28 days the device was available. That sales figure, however, almost exclusively accounts for the wi-fi-only version of the device, since the 3G version became available only on the final day of that period. Apple has not yet said how many of the 3G versions have sold since they went on sale April 30.

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments