Google is working with US operator Verizon Wireless to develop a tablet computer to rival Apple’s iPad, according to reports.
The device will run on Google’s open software platform Android, currently used by mobile phone manufacturers such as Samsung and Motorola.
Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon, said, “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 has declined to comment on the initiative but did state its Android software is freely available to manufacturers that want to create smartphones or other devices.
Android devices outsold iPhones for the first time in the US during the first quarter of this year with a 28% market share, compared to Apple’s 21%, according to research firm NPD (nma.co.uk 11 May 2010).
Apple’s iPad will be supported by three of the UK’s mobile operators when it launches at the end of the month (nma.co.uk 10 May 2010).