Verizon Wireless and Google are working on a tablet computer. The revelation was made by Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, when speaking to the Wall Street Journal. The details on how the tablet computer will shape up are sketchy right now, but it looks as if more information from Google or Verizon will arrive later this week.
This could allow Google and its Android operating system to compete with Apple's iPad, with Google's search and music offerings coming into play alongside the new YouTube store, which does digital video rentals. Or YouTube itself.
"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, said McAdams.
In partnering with Verizon, Google would have a reliable 4G or CDMA network partner, meaning that downloads on the Verizon 4G network would be blazing fast, faster than anything Apple and AT&T have going. This bodes well for high quality video (1080p!) and audio (cd quality!). It could also be wireless, no wi-fi needed, unless you wanted to.
The Verizon-Google tablet's challenge would be in facing down Apple in product design and experience, Apple's strongest suit. Their advantage would definitely be in delivery of content, as Google is so cloud-centric with everything it does, they make Apple look like they're selling VCR's. Verizon has a speedy network, so no waiting for downloads a la iTunes.
Another Google advantage is Chrome. I've been using Chrome for the past couple of months for sites like Hulu and Netflix, and I have to say that Chrome is hands down the best browser out there for media. Check out the review for the specifics, but Chrome can kick Safari's ass with one tab tied behind its back.
Which leaves the Android Apps. This is a toss up, and will likely be an equal match, as developers will make apps for both the iPad and the Google-Verizon tablet.
So what will the possible Verizon-Google tablet be like? We'll probably get some news later this week, but I'll bet it'll be another small parcel of information, so we can all freak out on the possibilites for a little longer. Google could also announce an Android tablet at the I/O conference next week in San Francisco.