Motorola Next In Line For Android Tablet
It’s true, everyone who’s ever made mobile phones or netbooks is now working on a tablet. This is because most companies figured out, soon after the release of the iPad, just how nice it is for consumers to have a device that’s more portable, offers a better internet experience, looks better and is easier to control. Samsung has already went ahead and released the Galaxy Tab running Android, which we’ve yet to see whether it will become popular or not. Acer is somewhat undecided whether to rush in releasing similar products or cook them some more. Motorola has a different approach on the situation. Recently, co-chief Sanjay Jha revealed some of the company’s future plans, which included several high performance smartphones as well as a tablet that comes packed with Google’s Android operating system.
According to Jha, Motorola should release the Android tablet on the market at the beginning of next year. He made this info public during a Deutsche Bank Technology Conference in San Francisco, according to AFP. “I will only develop a tablet if it is sufficiently compelling,” Jha said during an on-stage chat. “Hopefully, that is early next year.”
Motorola’s co-chief also mentioned that he considers the tablet market to offer a lot of opportunities, compared to smartphones that are all struggling to get a piece of the market share ahead of multiple competitors. The best example to this is Apple, not that the company has done badly with the iPhone. But truth be told the tablet has been selling like crazy ever since it was released in April this year.
One of the top priorities fro Android as a whole is to improve the online market place that enables users to find fun and functional application. This is perhaps the one most important thing about today’s operating systems, the options they offer users after they’ve purchased a smartphone. After all, once you buy them they might be exciting, but for the most part they do the exact same thing. In order not to get bored, you need to have access to new and interesting services, applications and games.
“The Marketplace experience on Android is good, it is not great,” Jha said. “We are trying to rectify that situation. You will see us as an ecosystem very focused on that.”
So why isn’t Android Market as good as Apple’s App Store? Judging by the high number of manufacturers that have adopted Android nowadays, one would think that they’d be capable of attracting more developers onto the platform, thus coming up with a larger number of interesting offerings for the end customer. Surprisingly, despite the support of search engine giant Google, Android is still somewhat ignored by multiple important developers. Maybe all that will change in the near future. We sure hope so, anyway.
BY the end of this year, the smartphone market should become more interesting as well. Microsoft is getting close to properly introducing Windows Phone 7 on the market, RIM has refreshed its Blackberry lineup a bit recently, Apple is still going strong with the iPhone whereas Android has been on a constant growth pattern ever since the beginning of this year. The battle isn’t taking place only when it comes to handsets. Operating systems are being upgraded and trying to convince customers of their functionality and ease of use as well.
Motorola, a company that wasn’t doing so well less than two years ago, is now benefiting from a lot of attention in the US due to its Droid smartphone line.11