May, 11 2010

All speculation and arguments regarding Verizon procuring the iPhone aside, the relationship between Google and Verizon is showing no signs of fizzling out. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Verizon exec Lowell McAdam has come out with the news that Google and Verizon are currently collaborating on the development of a tablet device.

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Very little is known about the tablet, and this includes whether the device will run Android or the untested Chrome OS. McAdam said Verizon is “looking at all the things Google has in its archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience.” With Android showing some real promise as the OS to contend with the iPad and past murmurs indicating Google was already heading down that path, Android seems like a no-brainer for this one, especially considering its brand recognition for Verizon customers.

The WSJ article is thin on other details, and no manufacturer, release date, or pricing model has been revealed.

[UPDATE]: In a conversation with Verizon spokesperson Marquett Smith, it was confirmed by Bloomberg that the Google/Verizon tablet will indeed be running on Android. More details should be coming later this week, and expect to see a lot about this one at Google I/O.

[WSJ via Gizmodo]

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