So, the Wall Street Journal today has a story about Google and Verizon working together to develop a table computer… or as the headline puts it an — “IPad Rival.”
And, as expected, the story’s getting picked up.
Business Insider breathlessly reports that “Google and Verizon launching iPad Killer.”
And the Globe and Mail asks: “Can a Google-Verizon tablet computer rival the iPad?”
While pretty much everything Google touches makes a splash — just look at the success of their Android phones and Microsoft’s announcement that the new version of Windows will follow Google and have an online element — let’s take a step back for a second and look at what the Journal is actually reporting.
Something about the story just doesn’t ring right.
“Verizon Wireless is working with Google Inc. on a tablet computer, the carrier’s chief executive, Lowell McAdams, said Tuesday, as the company endeavors to catch up with iPad host AT&T Inc, in devices that connect to wirless networks,” the article begins.
Right there are a couple of telling signs.
One, the source of the article is Verizon not Google.
Two, it’s not about Google striving to catch up with Apple. It’s about Verizon trying to catch up with AT&T.
Then the Journal Quotes McAdams saying: “We’re working on tablets together, for example. 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.”
“Looking at all the things Google has in its archives?”
What does that mean exactly? They’re rummaging around the attic, seeing if maybe someone actually invented some spectacular tablet computer and then forgot about it? Whatever it means, it makes it clear that whatever they are doing it’s not about to happen.
So, any questions about whether it’s an iPad killer seem, shall we say, premature.
Now, yes. Verizon and Google have a great thing going with Android phones and it would make sense for them to work on future projects.
Regardless. I think it’s one thing to excitedly report on lost or stolen prototypes. It’s something to else to take speculation about something that might or might not happen and elevate it to a ridiculous level.
In the meantime, I suggest we all be a little more patient and get excited when there’s real news to report.
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