May 17, 2010 | by Chris Smith
Well we sort of saw this coming, but maybe not so soon. Verizon Wireless’ CEO, Lowell McAdam, mades some brief comments at the Reuters Technology Summit today stating that he hopes Verizon to have “as many as 5″ 4G smartphones on their network by May of 2011. The fourth generation technology that Verizon will use will be LTE (Long Term Evolution which is actually ’3.9G’) and they hope to have as many as 100 million subscribers covered by the end of the year. That is hot.
McAdam did not make exact mention of phone models or what to expect precisely, yet he did say that the usual suspects will most likely be involved with these devices/phones; HTC, Motorola, Samsung, LG, and RIM. He also made mention that there is “no reason we couldn’t have an iPad”. Well, other than the fact there is only a GSM version, Lowell.
But, some of the most interesting stuff, at least to fellow Androids, is that he eluded to the possibility of multiple Android tablets which we heard rumors of last week. Of course there was no mention of specs, price, or availability, but we can imagine that the aforementioned device makers will have some hand in this tablet game. It seems that Verizon is going to be the Android champion in the next 365 days and I am excited to see what they are going to bring to the table. Android has definitely proved to be the up-and-coming phone and mobile device OS, especially since Big Red is so heavily supporting it.