How not to talk about the Verizon Android-tablet story
I'd write "I told you so," but my forecast in last weekend's column didn't require any special powers of prognostication: Of course we'd see tablet computers based on smartphone operating systems competing with Apple's iPad, and of course wireless carriers besides AT&T would want a piece of that market.
And so yesterday the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News ran separate stories reporting that Verizon Wireless was working with Google to develop a touchscreen tablet computer running its Android operating system.
No other specifics have surfaced, so we can only speculate about such issues as its price, the service plans available, how phone-size Android applications would work on this thing and what sort of battery life it would offer.
While we indulge in that idle speculation, can I make two requests?
1) Don't spin this as "another sign of growing discontent between Google and Apple." It's not "discontent" when one for-profit corporation finds success in a new market and another follows suit by developing a competing product; that behavior is more accurately labeled "capitalism."
2) Don't call this thing an "iPad killer." It's foolish to make such a prediction of a product you haven't seen; every other device that's been labeled an iPod/iPhone/iPad killer has flopped in the market; the entire "[popular gadget] killer" meme is a stupid cliche anyway.
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