At the Microsoft Consumer Electronics Show, HP had announced impending plans to develop a Android Tablet. It was expected to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2010. Unfortunately, now the company has said that consumers will have to wait longer for this tablet. This is the second time that the company has postponed the plans to launch its Android Tablet.
Industry expert viewpoints
Many industry experts believe that HP is better off not launching this tablet. After the success of Apple’s Android Tablet-iPad, many such tablets are expected to hit the markets in near future.
HP is still lacks the adequate resources to develop such a device. The success of iPad is due to Apple’s strong hold over the hardware and software of the device. If we look back three months, HP had little operating system choices to run a tablet. Of the available options none presented the company absolute control over both hardware and software.
So HP had no other option than to use Microsoft Windows 7 for a consumer tablet or like the other hardware manufacturers use Google’s Platform to develop the Android Tablet.
HP’s deal with Palm changed the equation
Recently, HP decided to undertake Palm for 1.2 billion US dollars. The reason for this acquisition was to have an efficient webOS platform. This was company’s way of coming close to the expertise of Apple in its hardware, software and ecosystem for tablets.
However, this deal will strengthen HP’s position in the mobile market instead of Android Tablets market. Many experts think that primarily, HP should use Palm’s efficiency to expand webOS beyond small screens of smartphones. If these plans did not work out then Android plans should be considered.
Android Technology is in nascent stage
All the manufacturers looking at Android plans should understand that the acceptance of Android with the consumers has to be tested first rather than jumping on it. Android is too limited for a tablet mechanism. The highest resolution which can be sustained is 854×480. That is good for a 4.3-inch device like the Motorola Droid X, but not for any tablet in the 6-to-10-inch range.
People have forgotten that Google confines Android market admittance to devices which meet pre-set hardware necessities. A useful tablet has to possess a lot more than just a good browser or email client. It should also have a flourishing developer community and entry to a variety of software applications.
To sum up, the success of an Android tablet will largely depend on the success and maturity of Android itself. This technology will work very well for the smartphones but whether it will work for tablets or not, is still to be known!