Verizon: We're making a tablet with Google

CEO Lowell McAdam confirms plans to the Wall Street Journal to release a tablet in partnership with Google at some point soon.

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This Archos Android tablet could be an example of what Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam has in mind. Archos

Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed plans Tuesday to release a tablet computer running software from Google at some point, but did not elaborate on timing.

The Wall Street Journal spoke to McAdam, who said "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." The two companies signed a partnership last year to develop a family of mobile devices based on Android, although it's not clear if McAdam is referring to Android, Chrome OS, or just Google applications running atop something else.

Few will be surprised at the notion that Google and Verizon are heading down this path: The New York Times reported last month that Google was working on a slate-style Android tablet along the lines of Apple's iPad.

And tablets are the sexy new gadget of the week, with expectations that a wide range of companies will be getting in on the act following Apple's iPad launch . Nvidia demonstrated an Android tablet at CES earlier this year running on Verizon's network, but McAdam didn't specify any of the hardware partners for this particular device.

Updated 4:00 p.m. PDT: Google released a statement: "Android is a free, open source mobile platform. This means that anyone can take the Android platform and add code or download it to create a mobile device without restrictions. The Android smartphone platform was designed from the beginning to scale downward to feature phones and upward to MID and netbook-style devices. We look forward to seeing what contributions are made and how an open platform spurs innovation, but we have nothing to announce at this time."

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