Verizon, Google Take Aim at Apple’s iPad

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It was really only a matter of time before the world beat a path to Apple’s door after the launch of its iPad. Verizon Wireless, piggybacking — or maybe mechanical bull-riding — on Steve Jobs speedy success, has announced it is working with Google on its own tablet computer, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed to the Journal that the two companies were working on a tablet computer together. “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 move lets Verizon compete in the tablet world with AT&T, the carrier for the iPad and Apple’s iPhone.

Google created its own space in the mobile phone market with the release of its Android OS. In 2009,¬†Verizon debuted the Motorola Droid, utilizing Google’s software. No word on when the manufacturing for this latest tablet would begin or when it would be released.

Of course, the blogosphere is already hot with the news before the first chip is cast. Gizmodo laid out a best/worst case list including pros like “an Android tablet launched with the backing of a major carrier,” and downsides like “stupid data pricing. Verizon took Microsoft’s promising new Kin and strangled it in the delivery room.”

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