Are you ready for the "gPad?" How about the "vPad?"
Google and Verizon Wireless are teaming up to bring their own tablet PC to market, according to Verizon's chief executive, Lowell McAdam. He told the Wall Street Journal, "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." Google, for their part, declined comment.
The G and the V already have shared history: the Android-powered Motorola Droid has been a breakout hit phone, and Verizon has already begun selling the Google-branded Droid Incredible. Android phones, in fact, are creeping up on iPhones in market share. Meanwhile, the blowaway success of the iPad is already opening the doors for a raft of competing tablet computers. (indeed, we here at iSmashPhone suspect that tablets will eventually take over the ultralight/portable niche currently occupied by netbooks.)
On the other hand, Google's own Nexus One — tacitly marketed as an
"iPhone killer" — is pretty much dying on the vine. Meaning it's going to take a lot more work — and a lot more perceived value — before a Google/Verizon tablet can even consider itself to be an "iPad killer."
[Via the Wall Street Journal]