Motorola is thought to be working on a rival to Apple's iPad that will allow users to watch TV.

The 10in tablet, which could be launched in the autumn, will run Google's Android OS and is expected to offer access to FiOS – the paid-for digital TV service from US mobile network Verizon.

According to the Financial Times, by working with Verizon Wireless, which owns a 25 percent share of the US television market and a 29 percent share of broadband customers, Motorola will avoid upsetting pay TV providers.

Could Motorola's new tablet rival the sucess of Apple's iPad

Motorola hinted earlier this year that it was considering developing a tablet running Google's open-source OS.

It is thought the device will be thinner and lighter than the iPad, and feature support for Adobe Flash as well as two cameras.

None of the companies involved would comment on this story.

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