About a month ago, we mentioned that Google was ramping up its troops in order to finalize its very own “gPad”, however at the time it was not clear who was the wireless service provider Google was working with. The suspense is now over, as earlier today, Verizon announced that it was working with Google as part of its initiative to build a serious contender to the iPad.
The announcement was made by Verizon Wireless’ CEO, Lowell McAdam, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. McAdam praised tablets, that he considered part of the “next big wave of opportunity”, and mentioned the fact that the future device is an evolutionary step in the carrier’s relationship with Google.
McAdam did not give any details about the targeted launch date for the device, expected to be available sometime during late summer. The manufacturer of the device was not mentioned either, but given Google’s track record, HTC will likely be involved.
On a side note, quite a few folks consider this interview as another trick from Verizon “to get more leverage in [its] negotiations with Apple.”, as Verizon has also been trying to convince Apple to build devices ready for its network.