It is the rush. All manu acturers lea e the onslaught o the Apple iPad, which has already sold more than 3.3 million copies in less than six months. And all build on Android. Since the beginning o the month, this is a breaking o touch tablets including the amous Google operating system. A ter Samsung and its Galaxy Tab, and then Toshiba and its olio 100 (that will be marketed as early as October), Sanjay Jha, Motorola co-chair, announced Wednesday that he hoped to get out early in the year, a tablet in Android. Similarly, according to the Taiwanese site Digitimes, Acer should out three models early this year also integrating the Google OS. What rein orce a battalion o manu acturers already well supplied, since Archos and Dell (with his Streak) themsel es are already positioned them also on Android.
ree and open, Android has the ad antage o being a constantly e ol ing and enriched operating system by de elopers. It can also rely on its applications store, Android MarketPlace, reaching 85,000 applications. Assets which made his success on "smartphones". A world market share o 3.9 in 2009, Android should this year be the second operating system or mobile behind Symbian or Nokia, with 17.7 o market share, according to Gartner. "The ad antage o Android, it is to be the only one to o er a comparable to Apple applications and ser ices ecosystem, e en i signi icant progress must be made at the le el o quality." "But these are the content that will make the success o a tablet," said Carolina Milanesi, Gartner analyst. In act, all applications or "smartphones" are unsuitable on shel es.
A boule ard
Google also bene its or the time, the absence o real competition. Outside o iOS, the operating system o the iPad, the Apple tablet, manu acturers ha e not yet inalized their own so tware. Thus, Microso t must still decline its new plat orm, Windows Phone 7, the Tablet, while Meego, Nokia and Intel plat orm, is ledgling. Not to mention Web OS, the operating system Palm bought by Hewlett-Packard, which will be integrated on a tablet in early next year.
What open a boule ard to Android "The irst parties are not necessarily the winners in the end look at"netbooks": was the Linux initially, and inally, they are on Windows.". "It should not underestimate the competition, including Microso t," judge a constructor. Some manu acturers may use other systems to be less dependent on Google.
Beauti ul margin o progression
Ne ertheless, the margin o progression o Android. "Her bones passed e en that it is not yet ully reached the tablet", note Carolina Milanesi. In act, the current ersions o Android were designed or "smartphones". Hence, beyond a certain screen size, di iculties in terms o graphics and eatures. Google re lects on a new OS specially dedicated to the shel es. Some rely on Chrome OS, operating system based on "cloud computing" that Google has promised or this all. But Google could the book or "netbooks" and a new ersion o Android special shel es. It could be o HoneyComb, which should come out in the spring. It is this new led LG to push back the release o its tablet in Android - originally scheduled or No ember - at the next year. "We pre er an OS completely stabilized and adapted to the shel es," judge Julien Letourneur, head o LG mobile products.