Google Inc. is in talks with Verizon Wireless to develop a tablet computer that would compete with Apple Inc.’s hit iPad.
The tablet will run on Google’s Android operating system, Marquett Smith, a spokesman for Verizon, said today in a phone interview. He declined to elaborate and said the carrier will release more details later this week.
The device would accelerate the rivalry between Apple and Google, which already compete in wireless software and mobile advertising. Apple released the iPad in the U.S. on April 3 and sold a million of them in 28 days. Mountain View, California- based Google has worked to move beyond its core business of Internet search and into mobile services.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Verizon’s Lowell McAdam said, “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.” Roger Browne in the forum comments, “Throwing together lots of features doesn’t make a great experience. And these guys wonder why their products don’t make a dent in Apple’s market share.”
[Thanks Jérôme and MBegin!]
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