Google+Verizon Tablet

Although neither Google nor Verizon has released no specific details, The Wall Street journal today reported that a tablet made by Google and to be hosted by Verizon is in the works. This was published after the paper had an interview with Verizon’s chief executive, Lowell McAdam. Verizon has come out with full support for Google’s Android OS.

“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.”

Mr. McAdam further acknowledged that Verizon has some catching up to do in the field. Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle and the new iPad presently use AT&T as host.

“They were able to get out of the box faster,” Mr. McAdam said. Verizon has been handicapped by its CDMA network technology, less common ( and despite what they say less dynamic) than AT&T’s GSM, but the executive said his company will have devices ready to show early next year once its new network is in place.

McAdam says that Verizon promises much higher speeds for transferring video, for example, in their new network which it says will be running in 25 to 30 cities by the end of the year. (That’s not a very big coverage map.)And sadly enough, according to McAdam as he spoke to The Wall Street Journal:

The new network will likely bring a shift from current unlimited-use pricing plans.
The old model of one price plan per device is going to fall away,..carriers to take an approach that targets a bucket of megabytes.With multiple devices, customers are likely to end up paying more for connecting their gadgets to the next-generation network than they do today. It’s not out of the question.

Little is known about the Google tablet, although it has been reported by many news journalists. Earlier this year Google CEO Eric Schmidt revealed that a Google PC was in development.
According to the New York Times, Schmidt “told friends at a recent party in Los Angeles about the new device, which would exclusively run the Android operating system.”

What do you think about Google getting into the tablet and PC business?

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