Google and Verizon’s vaporous ‘iPad Killer’

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“So here we go again with rumors of a tablet computer coming from Google. And even though these latest ‘rumors’ come courtesy of Verizon Wireless’ Lowell McAdam himself, they’re still rumors nonetheless,” Jim Goldman writes for CNBC.

“Why? In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, McAdam confirms that the two are working on something. No specs, release date, price, hardware manufacturing partner,” Goldman writes. “No details of any kind.”

“The Journal goes on to claim that the news, such that it is, spotlights the ‘deepening relationship between the largest U.S. wireless carrier by subscribers and Google, which has carved out a space in mobile devices with its Android operating system,'” Goldman writes.

“Of course, this is the carrier that turned its back on supporting Google’s flagship Nexus One hero phone,” Goldman writes. “I’m not sure of a deepening relationship when Verizon is apparently throwing its support behind some vaporware, but won’t support an actual piece of hardware already available from Google.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: All Apple’s competitors have are lame, vaporous attempts at freezing markets that Apple has lit ablaze.

23 Comments

  1. I thought the “vapours” were restricted to ‘Southern Ladies’ of the 50’s… Who’d have expected such a revival — and it’s still just as silly…

  2. Whatever google… Seriously, I’m not what one would call a hardcore apple fanboy, but apple really knows what they’re doing when it comes to usability, and the iPad is a clear winner in usability in a tablet. It does so much and it does it well, even without flash. Anyone who uses an iPad and an android tablet will prefer the iPad unless they have a mindless prejudice against apple (or a fanboyish love for Linux). The iPad is really special, a real game changer. Everyone else’s products are very likely to be inferior unless they put the same amount of effort into innovation and user-friendliness that apple does,

  3. I don’t doubt that Verizon wants some OEM, probably HTC, to make an DROID tablet for them, as Droid is Verizon’s brand, and has been extremely successful so far. However, the analysis that this is about Verizon getting chummy with Google is ridiculous. It’s likely the Verizon CEO misspoke, as most CEOs are not Steve Jobs, and have no idea what they are talking about.

  4. @matt
    couldn’t have said it better

    @Verizon
    Looks to me like you have a 27″ Big a.. table in your hands using Chrome for an OS…how’s that going for you? Is Dell your hardware manufacturer?

  5. This actually is fabulous news for Apple if true. Imagine how much worse the iPad would have been if AT&T;had had a hand in the design and marketing of the iPad. The carriers are well known for their anti-consumer business practice, so Verizon involvement spells nothing but trouble for Google.

  6. CDMA, Intel chip, and Flash. How 20th century. What’s that, about two hours per charge?

    Throw in the Verizon Media Store plus those fractured Android versions/features/updates, and you’ve got the perfect formula for joyless user experience.

  7. Facebook? Facebook?
    Facebook is for self-absorbed 20 somethings and older people who want to look like they are “young.”
    The day I’m convinced that the whole damn world is interested in hearing me say “hey look at me” and want to be my friend is the day I join facebook. Until then if someone wants to communicate with me they can get in my face the old fashioned way, call me, or email me.

  8. A load of crap. We saw how well the google phone went.. and the stellar customer service provided by google.

    As for the discussions, Apple’s got real, tangible products on the shelves. And google’s got discussions. I’m waiting breathlessly… not.

  9. Verizon is doing much better without the iPhone than I would have imagined. There are lot’s of folks willing to buy knock-off hardware, happily even. I am truly amazed at the number of people that are unwilling to change carriers. Where the heck does this come from? You can port over your telephone number, so what’s the big deal?

    There must be some key factors here I’m not seeing, because I have no allegiance to any carrier, I just want the best technology.

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