Verizon and Google developing tablet, details this week

Verizon Wireless is working with Google on a tablet computer using Google’s Android operating system, according to interviews today with the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.

The mobile carrier’s chief executive Lowell McAdam told the Journal:

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.

The extent of Google’s involvement in the project isn’t clear. Google spokespeople haven’t responded to VentureBeat’s request for comment yet, and all they would tell the Journal is that anyone can use Android to build smartphones and other devices. In fact, Android tablets have already been demonstrated, most recently at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco.

So the most interesting part of the story isn’t the existence of an Android tablet, but rather the suggestion that Google and Verizon might be working specifically to fight back against Apple and AT&T’s partnership on the iPhone and iPad, which may last for years.

Verizon said more details are coming later this week.

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