Google, Verizon Developing Tablet Computer

Let the tablet computer wars officially begin.

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam on Tuesday told the Wall Street Journal that his company is working with Google to develop a tablet, or slate, computer, that would rival the Apple iPad, whose 3G version is available only for use on the AT&T wireless network. It’s part of an ongoing partnership between the two companies who have been teaming to offer a variety of different smartphones that run on Google’s Android operating system.

“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,” McAdam told the Journal.

McAdam admitted that Verizon had fallen behind in this arena, when you consider the early success of the iPad and the continuing accomplishments made by e-readers like the Amazon Kindle.

“They were able to get out of the box faster,” McAdam acknowledged to the Journal.

He expects you’ll see the new tablet and a number of other new devices ready to go in time for the carrier’s new 4G network to make its widespread debut next year. Just don’t expect to see unlimited pricing plans. McAdam said those old pricing models are going to “fall away.” This isn’t a surprise. Both AT&T and Verizon previously have indicated that this is a likely scenario.

McAdam wouldn’t say who might manufacture the new device. He also failed to mention any of the bells and whistles that might be included.

The news comes one month after HP announced it was developing a rival to the iPad, which the company said would include features that the iPad doesn’t have, including a built-in camera, video recording, a USB port and an SD card reader. It will also reportedly come with Skype already loaded, plus support for Adobe Flash.

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