Verizon CEO McAdam on Android tablets and 4G smartphones

Verizon CEO McAdam on Android tablets and 4G smartphones
About a week ago Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam let it be known that his company is collaborating with Google on a tablet device. Obviously, the result of this collaboration will be the optimization of the Android OS so that it works fine on a tablet, but which manufacturer is going to produce the actual device? Well, Big Red's chief might just have answered that question.

At the Reuters Global Technology Summit, McAdam has revealed that Motorola, Samsung and LG are working on Android-powered tablets. And wait until we tell you that these babies are expected to hit the market sometime in the second half of the year. Now that's what we call good news!

You did not assume that we've started this post only to discuss tablets, did you? It also turns out the official has said that their first LTE Android phones will be manufactured by LG, Motorola and HTC and should be out by this time next year. According to the source, all LTE-capable tablets and phones will first run on Verizon's existing CDMA network, with an option for a later upgrade to LTE compatibility. Whether all this will come true however, is another story.

via: AndroidGuys



1. adash13x

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 08, 2010

Awesome! Screw the ipad! hahaha

2. JeffdaBeat unregistered

You know...I think it's hilarious that so many in the blogosphere thought Steve Jobs was a nut for going for this whole Tablet thing...and he predicted there would be a revolution. Well, now you have every tech company out there trying to release a tablet to compete with something that no one thought would sell. And I know Tablets have been out for quite some time now, but we've never seen them in headlines like we've seen since the iPad came out. Whether you love or hate Apple, thing is, they seem to be dictating where consumer tech is going in a lot of ways.

3. tuminatr

Posts: 1121; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I still think he was wrong, if you want a laptop buy a laptop enough with this less is more philosophy

4. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

i agree with tuminatr. If they're going to make a device that's supposedly so revolutionary... why not throw in all the bells and whistles that you'll find in a laptop seeing that its pretty much replacing it... I know its not intended to replace a laptop, but most features of it can be found and just as easy accessed on a laptop. I see no reason to charge laptop pricing on a device that doesnt measure up to a laptop. Its just an ipod touch with books. woopty doo. But I must be missing something cuz ppl are buying them like crazy. Hopefully android versions will bring something that actually lets me know its worth buying.

5. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Apple knows how to appeal to the masses with their products and they know how to market. Two things that make them one of the smartest companies out there. They create devices for those who are techy and if not a person is not techy Apple knows how to feed the customer base that "just likes how the device looks". Apple can create a t-shirt with a touchscreen and apps on it then you'll see other manufacturers jumpin on board. So to JeffdaBeat's point...Apple does seem to control the tides of trends within the tech world. Others may have done it before Apple but when Apple does seems to draw everybody's attention. And before I get any pushback with all of the "fanboy blah blah blah" comments...I carry a motorola DROID. I like the Android platform b/c it does what I need it to do including support for my iTunes music and I don't secretly wish I had the iPhone.

7. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

it was revolutionary... just stupid to go with AT&T AGAIN.....

8. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Exactly...and here's the thing...Apple Fanboys are not the ones Apple wants to target. You make no money off of tech geeks like us. You make it off of the general public. And to answer oddmanout...the thing is, just like the original iPhone, the software is expandable. Do you think the iPad is set in its current ways? The iPad has the capabilities to do anything a notebook can do, but Apple just hasn't released the software update for it. The original iPhone was pretty much an iPod with a phone attached...not even considered a smartphone. Now look at what that same original iPhone can do. What we need learn is Apple doesn't let all their goodies out of the bag at first.

9. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Umm, Steve Jobs was not the creater of the tablet. They have been around forever. HP has had its slate thing out for how long, and working on another? What Apple and Co do so well is clean up technology with rough edges into a user friendly, software controlled experience that simply works, and works simply. That is why they are so popular. Steve Job's last creative idea was the GUI for the Macintosh's back in the day.

6. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

ya what he said, screw the "stuuuuuuPAD"

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Rather have a laptop - I can do so much, much more than what I could on an iPAD tablet. Now, if you give me an HP Windows tablet, then now you are talking.

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