Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that his company will launch tablet computers made by several companies later this year.
McAdam, who spoke at the Reuters Global Technology Summit, made it clear that Verizon is looking for competitors for the Apple iPad, an AT&T exclusive.
The carrier has apparently picked Google’s Android OS as the best option to take on Apple’s device. It is working with Motorola, Samsung and LG to developing table computers using this operating system.
At launch, they will support Verizon’s 3G network, but support for its 4G network using LTE will be added later.
McAdam said that the first of these will hit the market in the fourth quarter of the year.
The device could sell for as little as $300.
A Popular Choice
Several companies are working on tablets running the Android OS, including Dell and MSI and possibly HP, too.
They are turning to smartphone operating systems like Android because hardware requirements are much lower than for a desktop OS. An Android-based tablet could run easily on a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, a configuration that would choke Microsoft Windows.
There are drawbacks, however; the Android OS does not have the power or flexibility of Microsoft’s desktop OS.