This year may well be the year of the tablet/slate. News sources have reported that Verizon Wireless and Google are collaborating to develop a Tablet, which could well be a competitor to the Apple iPad.
According to Wall Street Journal, Verizon Wireless and Google are working on a new tablet computer to catch up with telco rival AT&T, who is carrier for Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad and iPhones.
Verizon has heavily promoted the Android smartphone, Motorola Droid, in US and this collaboration further deepens the relationship of the mobile carrier and Google. Both Verizon and Google spokesperson have declined comment about the tablet computer, though it is likely the new product will run on the Android OS for smartphones or even the new Chrome OS that is yet to be released.
While the mobile phone is still the top selling product in the wireless business, tablets, netbooks and ebook readers are growing at a rapid pace as well.
But if Verizon and Google does want a piece of the tablet pie, they have to be quick to launch the product, seeing Apple has already launched the iPad last month and making it available in more countries in May (and coming to Singapore in July).
Source: Wall Street Journal