Google working on tablet computer with Verizon

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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Verizon, the largest mobile carrier in the US, said Tuesday that it is working with technology giant Google on a new tablet computer.

The announcement was made by Verizon chief executive Lowell McAdam in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, in which he called tablets part of the “next big wave of opportunity” and said that work on the device is part of a “deepening relationship” between the internet and telecoms giants.

McAdams declined to offer a timeline for the launch of the device or say who would manufacture it.

Apple launched the iPad in the US early last month, selling more than 1 million units in its first 26 days on the market. It will release the iPad internationally on May 28.

Computer giant Hewlett Packard is preparing a tablet computer.

Originally expected to run a version of Windows software, HP is now believed to have ditched the Microsoft operating system in favour of WebOS, an operating system developed by Palm, which HP acquired late last month for 1.2 billion dollars.

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