Details Emerge on Verizon’s Android FiOS TV Tablet
MULTIPLE CITIES: Verizon is working with Motorola on a tablet
computer to compete with Apple’s iPad, The
Financial Times reports. The device will have a 10-inch screen, FT said, and run on Google’s Android
operating system. Android devices support Adobe Flash, unlike the iPad. Flash
runs about 90 percent of the video online, FT
Verizon started talking about creating a tablet computer earlier this year when
the iPad was introduced. Three million iPads sold within 80 days of its
introduction, and iSuppli projects that as many as 7 million will sell in 2010.
in May that Verizon was talking with Samsung, Motorola and LG about Android
tablets. Images of a Motorola tablet leaked
late last year. LG is on deck to launch an Android tablet later this year. (Press
release requires translation.) Dell, Archos and Cisco
all make Android tablets. Blackberry maker Research in Motion intends to have a
tablet available in November, likely running on its own operating system. HP
and Lenovo are also making tablets, though it’s not clear if they’ll run on
Verizon’s version is expected to be endowed with FiOS TV, expanding that
service’s reach beyond its 12.9 million-home fiber footprint.
notes how Verizon already possesses the wireless network to roll
out tablet video, one getting a next-gen upgrade in November with the launch of
LTE. Lawler says data rates will be 5 to 12 Mbps, adequate for HD video.
Launch could be as soon as this fall,
Deborah D. McAdams