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Google, Verizon building own iPad

world Updated: May 13, 2010 14:53 IST

In a step that would further build up the rivalry between Google and Apple, Verizon and Google are coming together to develop its own iPad, according to a report on Newser website.

The move also gives Verizon a chance to beat rival AT&T, and the business it has been getting through its exclusive deal to support iPhone and iPad.

Dell and Toshiba are working on developing their own tablets too, as Apple sold a million iPads in the first month alone. Hewlett-Packard has also joined the race, and recently announced its plans to buy Palm and use its software in its own tablets and other such devices.

The tablet space shall see more competition in time. However, by aligning with Google, Verizon might as well as forget about carrying a version of the iPhone. Tablets are proving to be the next big thing, with a lot of oppurtunities cropping up.

In a recent interview with the Mercury News, Google executive, Andy Rubin said that Android, which was originally developed for smartphones, was a good match for tablet devices. However, he added that they hadn't produced a tablet version of the Android yet, adding that softwares compatible with both, the Android smartphone and tablets could be written on the lines of how software could be written for both iPhone and iPad.

Verizon's role in the whole deal, however, has not been elaborated on. Also details like who would manufacture the tablet, who would sell it and when it would be ready have not been divulged.

It is also to be seen whether Verizon would subsidize the retail price of an Android tablet as it does with mobile phones. It must be noted here that AT&T subsidizes the price of the iPhone, but it does not provide a subsidy for the iPad.