Like it or not, the early success of the iPad has opened up a new category of devices. Quite a few people find themselves wanting a “third screen” in their lives. While the iPad may end up being the ideal device for some, others may feel too constrained by the Apple way of doing things. One often cited alternative to the iPad is the Android platform. We’ve even seen a few prototype Android tablets show up at trade shows and press conferences. We can’t help but feel like a lot of manufacturers are going to get the tablet experience all wrong. If the first batch of Android tablets out of the gate end up flopping, it could set back the platform. Continue Reading
Talk of tablet computers has been running high since Apple’s iPad launch which sold more than 1 million units in less than a month.
Since then, there has been a lot of news around tablets based on the Android operating system.
Signs of Android tablets coming out are everywhere, even if some are still only rumors, some of them have concrete proof. The New York Times said April 12 that Google is building a tablet based on Android.
Google declined this, but several things pointed that Google might in fact be interest in tablet computers. Not long ago, Google acquired Agnilux, which people say will provide Google software to adapt Android or Chrome Operating System to run on tablets or set-top boxes.
Google has also acquired Bump Technologies. Bump makes BumpTop, a user interface software that enables 3D multitouch desktop on Windows and Mac computers.
This sent a clear message to everyone that the Google Android tablet rumors are for real and that we can probably be expecting it sooner then we think as this market and demand grows.
Encipher Limited, a company based in Nigeria and the UK, has introduced a 7 inch tablet using Googles Android O/S. Currently, it is not clear where the tablet will be sold or how much it will cost. Continue Reading
With all these new chinese tablet coming out, the prices are coming down, even this early into 2010 when the android tablet market is still young. If you think, like many others, that the 499$ entry-level price for a 16GB WiFi iPad model is too steep, you might want to consider HiVision’s forthcoming tablet unveiled at the CeBIT 2010 show in Hannover, Germany. With a name like “SpeedPad”, this 7-inch tablet powered by Google’s Android O/S may not come with all the bells and whistles of the iPad, but it should cost you just a fraction of the price and offer you most of the same features. Continue Reading
Everyone is excited about new tablet based computers these days so it’s not too surprising that Google and HTC are set to join the fray. They are reportedly working together on a Chrome OS Google Tablet. Continue Reading
Seems there’s a new Chinese Android tablet hitting the market every day. In the latest news, the folks at Shanzai.com spotted a bunch of sub-10 inch tablets running the Google Android OS. None of these are quite ready to take on the Apple iPad yet, but that’s mostly because of 2 features they are lacking:
1. They’re only available in China right now 2. Google does not allow non-smartphone Android users to access the Android Market, limiting the number of third party apps you can run on these tablets
When will they offer these tablets outside of China and will they eventually be able to connect to the Android market and download applications and games, only time will tell but I am sure it’s going to be in a near future.
With the launch of Apple’s iPad last month, the competition has stepped up to a new height. In order to compete with the iPad, companies like HP (Hewlett-Packard), Google Inc, MSI and everyone else trying to enter the tablet world will have to give their best shot to emerge victorious in the tablet computers market.
The portability, usability and responsiveness of the Apple OS makes the iPad just so easy to handle and is therefore popular with the new generation. To beat it is difficult but not impossible.
All these upcoming tablets need characteristics which can make them stand in front of the iPad recently launched, is the Android OS up for the task to take down the popularity that the iPad has gained in such a short amount of time ? Only time will tell.