Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon Wireless, said that the company is working on a tablet computer running one of Google’s operating systems.
McAdam told The Wall Street Journal, “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.”
Verizon could be using the Chrome OS on this device, an operating system Google is developing for always-connected netbooks. But McAdam’s remark came in the midst of a discussion about smartphones, so Google’s Android operating system for smartphones seems a more likely possibility.
Update: A Verizon spokesperson confirmed to Bloomberg that this tablet will use the Android OS.
The executive did not reveal additional details on the company’s upcoming tablet computer, such as a release date.
Verizon’s intent is to offer a product that can compete with the Apple iPad, which is offered exclusively with AT&T wireless data service.
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.