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The Verizon Googlepad: iPad Threat or Feckless Imitator?

May 14, 2010, 09:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Renay San Miguel)

"In the technology industry, imitation has always been the sincerest form of flattery -- if not a successful business model for certain companies. It's even more so in the nascent smartphone segment, so no one seems to be particularly surprised that Verizon Wireless and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) have plans to make an Android-based tablet computer to take on Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad.

""The mobile phone business has always been a bit of a 'me-too' business. If anybody has a hit, their competitors always have to come up with some kind of a response," John Barrett, Parks Associates director of research, told the E-Commerce Times. "At the end of the day, you're not going to get fired for having a response to the iPad that doesn't do so well. You're going to get fired if you don't have your own iPad. You've got to do something. If it becomes a runaway hit, and it was on your watch and you don't have an answer, you're in trouble."

"That attitude speaks volumes about the blending of hardware categories in the second decade of the 21st century and the impact that Apple is having on phones, mobile devices and consumer electronics in general. The speculation about how Verizon Wireless and Google will answer the iPad has so far been based on a Wednesday story in The Wall Street Journal, in which Verizon's CEO Lowell McAdam said the two companies were working on a tablet computer but didn't go into specifics. Supposedly more details will be forthcoming over the next few days."

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