Verizon CEO: We're working with Google on a tablet

Verizon CEO: We're working with Google on a tablet

Summary: Verizon Wireless chief executive Lowell McAdam said Tuesday that his company is working with Google on a tablet computer.


Verizon Wireless chief executive Lowell McAdam said Tuesday that his company is working with Google on a tablet computer.

The move is a competitive hedge against rival AT&T, which carries the Apple iPad tablet device, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

McAdam was quoted as saying that tablets are among the "next big wave of opportunities," and an evolutionary step in the carrier's relationship with Google. Verizon carries many of Google's top Android-based smartphones, including the Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Incredible.

"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," he reportedly said.

Silicon Alley Insider's Dan Frommer writes that the leak "looks like a Verizon executive giving the WSJ a story to get more leverage in his negotiations with Apple."

I agree. We can't jump to conclusions just yet when it comes to AT&T and Apple vs. Google and Verizon, since negotiations have been ongoing between Verizon and Apple for the iPhone, much less the iPad.

(Nothing to lose: Verizon. Everything to lose: Google.)

Business intentions aside, I wonder which manufacturer Google will partner with to make a tablet, and just how involved the company will be with the device.

Judging by its Android smartphone offerings, the more involved the company is in the vision, the better the end product -- a necessity for a product that offers "an experience" like a slate tablet computer.

Can Google solve your mobile problems with an Android tablet? Or will it simply emulate and conquer?

Topics: Hardware, Google, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets, Verizon

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  • As it expands Apple starts to feel the squeeze

    Apple has built its huge success exploring profitable niche markets not by expanding to fill all available space.<br><br>If Apple tries to expand and fill all available space then it will also have to feel the pressure the wall exerts in response and I suspect Apple is not well prepared to deal with that pressure.<br><br>Truth is Apple is venturing out of its comfort zone and it may not be able to meet success there.
    OS Reload
    • sure, ...

      @OS Reload
      everyone trying to come out with an ipod/iphone/ipad killer month or years behind (of course until now only desperately trying and failing every time) but apple is out of their comfort zone?

      if you mean the computer space then they are out of their comfort zone for almost a decade now and i guess they feel pretty comfortable with everyone following them and they're reaping in big profits while others are fighting for the no margin bottom of the computer/pmp/smartphone/tablet markets.
      banned from zdnet
    • vaporware

      @OS Reload
      i like this quote i found on the interwebs: "All Apple's competitors have are lame, vaporous attempts at freezing markets that Apple has lit ablaze."
      banned from zdnet
      • RE: Verizon CEO: We're working with Google on a tablet

        crApple fanbois make me laugh.<br><br>You guys probably haven't even seen the new Android-based tablets.
      • RE: Verizon CEO: We're working with Google on a tablet

        @chefp<br><br>Grow up<br><br>{posted from someone who just bought 10 android-based tablets}
      • What Android based tablets?

        You mean the ones that sold over a million units last month?

        Didn't they call it "The Slate"?

        lol... :D
        ubiquitous one
  • Dell, Probably . . .

    Since they're already coming out with at least three Android Tablets, I'm sure they'd be amenable to re-branding . . .
  • Hope it's not Dell - GO HTC!

    HTC is an OEM that has experience building carrier branded products and is a clear leader in the Android space. Why go with an old school Windows computer maker when you can tap into the new hotness that is HTC! HTC Droid Imagine [pad]
  • All Android tablet vendors will benefit

    One of the positive side-effects of Google getting deeply involved in tablet designs is that the resulting changes to Android (optimization for larger screens, updated SDK, Android Market access, etc.) will benefit all of the other Android tablet vendors.
    • Maybe, maybe not

      The only winner would be google (via their App market), but the downside is that you have all these hardware vendors competing with each other, so everyone will be looking to undercut each other anyway they can, and it could show in the quality of tablets we are left to buy (something Apple doesn't have to contend with).<br><br>I'm guessing that Google is more concerned with helping getting as many devices out on the market so that people will buy apps, probally not all to concerned with whose tablets survive after the price wars start.
      John Zern
      • RE: Verizon CEO: We're working with Google on a tablet

        @John Zern
        I think competition will make products better not worse. eg Itouch 1G vs Itouch 3G in quality of workmanship.
  • Why are we hearing this from Verizon instead of Google?

    Or maybe Moto? or HTC? Am I the only one that have a problem with a 'cell carrier' pushing for a Tablet? Especially an aggressive controlling money hungry carrier like Verizon?

    <i>??????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,??????</i>
  • Notice what they did NOT say. They are NOT working with Microsoft.

    There is nothing that Microsoft has to add to this story.
    • Notice that DonnieBoy was the first to troll this story?

      <i>There is nothing that Microsoft has to add to this story</i><br>Just like you. There is never anything for you to add to any story, but you still troll.<br><br>Why not stop by and comment on the Sharepoint story, or maybe the MS Office one?<br><br>We'd love to here how Gears and Apps are <b>destroying</b> those because of their "baroque features"! <img border="0" src="" alt="happy">

      Now, why would MS want to put out a Windows7 tablet thru Verizon? MS has control over their OS, so they wouldn't want to ceade that to Verizon, would they? And Windows Phone & OS isn't released yet, so no sense doing that right off the bat.

      My Guess is that Google is desparatelly trying to get Android on a tablet ASAP to counter Apple's already large headstart, hoping that if it is sucsessful, others will follow suit, and hoping to get a jump on MS's soon to be released phone OS.
      John Zern
      • Oh, I see, MS has failed miserably on tablets because they WANT to fail!!

        I see your point, very intelligent.
      • Well DB, then they're exactlly like you!

        because your posts fail to do anything at all! Well they do give us you to laugh at, so not an EPIC FAIL!<br>LOL!<br><img border="0" src="" alt="happy">
        John Zern
    • Yeah like there is nothing that comes from your mouth

      @DonnieBoy: How much google pay to troll on ZDNET? I think it must be huge for you.
      Ram U
    • yeah right

      @DonnieBoy : How much google pays you trolling here on ZDNET? I think it must be huge amount, otherwise you wouldn't self-humiliate yourself publicly.
      Ram U
  • RE: Verizon CEO: We're working with Google on a tablet

    Can't wait to see it!
    • Don't hold your breath.

      @dmccall Just check out how well that Verizon Nexus One worked. On their website as "coming soon" for almost 5 months, and then unceremoniously killed. Yeah, VZW got the HTC Incredible, a similar phone from the same OEM, but the point is that Google's track record of executing in the hardware business is spotty at best.

      If this is Verizon attempting to make Apple feel threatened, I think Apple should call their bluff. No one who's really into an iPad is going to get an Android tablet just because it's [i]not[/i] on AT&T, and I'm willing to bet that future versions of the iPad will be more than competitive with Android devices with most consumers.