Verizon Working with Google on iPad-Killer?
In a startling move, the CEO of Verizon has told the Wall Street Journal
that the carrier is working with Google on a tablet device designed to compete with Apple’s iPad. Coming at a time when the rumor about Verizon getting the iPhone has risen once again from the dead
, the comments by Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam are somewhat surprising. Doesn't he know that Steve Jobs hates Google with a passion
? One writer may have the key to the puzzle: he thinks it's a clever negotiating move by Verizon to get the best terms it can from Apple.
In the Wall Street Journal interview, McAdam said that the carrier was "looking at all the things Google has in its archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience.” McAdam's reference to Google's "archives" was not explained: Google is a search engine, and if it has "archives," it would be what the rest of us call the internet.
He also didn't explain what "working on tablets together" would mean, necessarily, as Verizon makes neither hardware nor software.
The Silicon Valley Insider
's Dan Frommer calls BS on this announcement
, saying that there's "ZERO reason for Google and Verizon to pre-announce a tablet collaboration, likely several months before anything is available for purchase." With the possibility of "delays, other disappointments, etc.," frommer says there's "only downside" to trumpeting this now, if it's real. While allowing that "it's possible that talks with Apple and Verizon have completely broken down, and that Verizon really is aligning itself with Google for an all-out war," Frommer still says that McAdam "is just playing Google to get Steve Jobs to hand over the iPhone and iPad on favorable terms."
Google, for its part, is pretty much acting like it has no idea what McAdam is talking about. “Anyone can take the Android platform and add code or download it to create a mobile device without restrictions,” the company said in an emailed statement
. “We look forward to seeing what contributions are made and how an open platform spurs innovation.”