Look Out, AT&T & Apple: Verizon Says It’s Building a Tablet With Google

Verizon Wireless (s VZ) is working with Google (s goog) on a tablet, Lowell McAdam, CEO of the nation’s largest carrier, has told the Wall Street Journal. Such a device could help Verizon counter the competitive threat posed by AT&T’s (s t) relationship with Apple (s aapl) (GigaOM Pro, sub req’d). It would also position Verizon to win as the mobile industry attempts to boost subscriber penetration to 500 percent by providing connected devices. From the WSJ story:

Tablets are part of the “next big wave of opportunities,” Mr. McAdam said in an interview. He said the work on a tablet is part of a deepening relationship between the largest U.S. wireless carrier by subscribers and Google, which has carved out a space in mobile devices with its Android operating system.

“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,” he said.

A Verizon spokesman declined to talk about the timing of any device, but the relationship between Verizon and Google could help both out in their battles with AT&T and Apple, respectively (GigaOM Pro sub req’d). Verizon could throw its considerable marketing weight behind a well thought-out Android tablet if Google tweaks the OS so the tablet experience isn’t a red-headed step-child version of the phone platform with less robust features.