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Verizon plans to sell android tablets running on new lte network david novak (the

  1. 1. Verizon plans to sell Android Tablets Running on new LTE Network � David Novak (The GadgetGUY) is a syndicated columnist who reviews and features the latest in consumer technology. For cutting-edge information on what’s hot and what’s new in gadgets and gizmos , The GadgetGUY has his pulse on everything related to computers, camcorders, car tech, cameras, gaming, GPS devices, networking, TVs, software, wireless devices, media players, hi-fi, wi- fi, cell phones, home appliances, sports science, power tools and more. May 19, 2010 �
  2. 2. Verizon Wireless is planning to offer Android tablet computers and phones that could run on its new � LTE high-speed wireless network by May 2011, Chief Executive Lowell McAdam said Friday. � At the Reuters Global Technology Summit, Lowell announced device makers whose tablets will � contend for Verizon store shelves: Motorola, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. Motorola, HTC, � LG and Research In Motion could also be among the first next year with phones for the Long Term � Evolution (LTE) high-speed wireless network that Verizon plans to switch on later this year. � "I'd say all the major manufacturers we're talking to today are making the transition to LTE," McAdam � said. These devices should help Verizon Wireless hit the ground running with fourth-generation � wireless services to compete with smaller rival Sprint Nextel, which already plans to launch its first 4G � phone on June 4. � McAdam said Verizon is unable to keep up with strong demand for the Droid Incredible smartphone � from HTC, due in part to component shortages such as the advanced screens made by Samsung � Electronics. Verizon sold 100,000 of the phones, which run Google's Android software, in the first two � days after launch in late April and is now mostly restricted to online sales because it cannot keep the � phones on store shelves, he said. � The Incredible would "definitely outsell" the Motorola Droid if it didn't have supply constraints, � McAdam said. "When a shipment gets to a store now, it's gone in a matter of hours," he said. "We've � had to pull way back ... Right now supply is a big problem." � Verizon Wireless is also busy building out its brand new LTE network to cover 25 to 30 markets with � 100 million people, including New York by the end of this year. McAdam said that a general � technology component shortage would not upset the company's network build target. "I think we've � got an 18- to 24-month lead on anybody else in LTE," he said. � McAdam said he would start selling tablet computers, which also run on Google's Android software, to � compete with Apple's iPad in the second half of this year, with most coming in the fourth quarter. These � devices will initially run on Verizon's existing CDMA network, but consumers will be able to upgrade � them to work on the LTE network, which McAdam said would be fast enough to download a full high- definition movie in less than a minute. � He said that business customers are looking to use the network for a multitude of applications including � using mobile video and graphics to help with manufacturing processes. McAdam said he would � demonstrate the first LTE phones and tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in � January of next year. The first consumer applications to take advantage of the higher speed service � could be multi-player video gaming, video conferencing and downloading video on demand, he said. � Verizon plans to have LTE in its entire network with coverage for 285 million people by the end of � 2013, but rural operators could use Verizon spectrum to build out areas that the big V does not serve � before then. �