Opinion: Why the iPad might remain the king of tablets in 2011

This is the short break before it all explodes folks. We are just weeks away from the explosion of Android tablets on the market as well as the Blackberry Playbook and whatever new WebOS tablet HP has in store. The general consensus is that the iPad will of course sell well, however the Android tablet market as well as the Playbook and WebOS tablets will eat into the iOS tablet market. Essentially this would put Android on top much like it has already done in the smartphone market due to sheer number of manufacturers producing tablets. And though I am not an analyst of any kind, I want to make a prediction. My prediction is that iOS tablets (iPad 1 and iPad 2) will remain the best-selling tablets, at least through 2011. Here is why.

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CES: Honeycomb – Not just for your tablet!

It’s finally here; Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) was announced (teased) and extensively demoed on Motorola’s flagship tablet, the XOOM, earlier this week at CES.  the community immediately fell in love with the reimagined tablet interface, but one question hung about the techno-sphere like a latent fart: WHAT ABOUT MY PHONE?!  Thankfully, we have a little more information regarding the usage of Android 3.0 on smartphones thanks to none other than Matias Duarte, head of interface and design for Google’s Android OS.  The guys over at Engaget were kind enough to record the interview with Mr. Duarte, and the from what we’ve seen so far, Android 3.0 is THE milestone update we’ve craved.  Hit the link for some key new features (impressions included)as well as a video of the interview courteoussey of Engaget.
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[Video] Google outs Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablet-only OS

Looky at what we have here? Google has thrown up a video of Android 3.0 (which was shortly yanked…but thanks to Engadget for grabbing a copy), in it Google clearly demontrates their ability with a newly redone Android 3.0 for a tablet-only format. Not only is it sleek but it’s real sexy too.

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[via Engadget]

The Marvelous Mytosis of Motorola is complete!

After an eternity in the electronics field (some 80 years), Motorola has successfully completed the split into two seperately-traded companies, Motorola Mobility, Inc. and Motorola Solutions, Inc. respectively.  The split comes as a result of the company’s desire to more accurately satisfy the growing demands of the ever-changing consumer and business technology markets.  The company goes on to state that it was partially motivated to split by the desire to offer investors more pointed investment markets, instead of a single, convoluted entity.  It’s going to be interesting to see where Motorola Mobility decides to take the DROID brand, and wether or not they intent to re-invent existing Motorola mobile product lines.  Hit the link for more information on the two individual entities.

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Motorola Gets All Enigmatic-like

The next step in Motorola’s marketing campaign is an incredibly vague counter on the main mobile landing page of their official site.  In bold letters, Motorola beckons; “Ready to skip a generation?”  Just below their siren song a counter can be found, currently just under 15 days left to tick away.  Honeycomb promises to be a major milestone release (tablet-wise, anyways) for Google’s Android OS.

Here’s to hoping that countdown isn’t counting down to something more sinister (or boring).

Sony’s PlayStation Phone is real and coming soon!

Folks, what you are looking at is REAL and Sony is building it using Android as the OS. Engadget reports that the phone contains Android 3.0, along with a custom Sony Marketplace which will allow you to purchase and download games designed for the new platform. The device sports 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, screen size about 3.7 to 4.1 inches, a long touchpad in the center which is apparently multitouch, and those familiar PlayStation shoulder buttons and best part, no Sony Memory sticks but it does have support for microSD cards.

Head on over to Engadget for more information and pics.

BGR scoops up Verizon roadmap, Droids, Tablets, LTE, and more

BGR picked up on a road map that seems to be quite huge. Not just a ‘maybe’ here and a ‘maybe’ there, but some devices with some fairly detailed specs.  According to BGR, Verizon is expecting to get a new ‘Droid Pro’ in November, new Android world phones from both HTC and Samsung before the end of the year, a Samsung tablet this year, a Motorola tablet next year, a new LTE MiFi with hotspot sharing with up to 10 poeple, and more. Check out BGR’s official queue up after the break…

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Sense UI development will continue on both Android 3 and Windows Phone 7

Microsoft is doing things completely different this time around. Right now Android has taken the role of Microsoft in terms of an open handset market that allows you to make whatever hardware you want with whatever customizations to the OS you want. Microsoft on the other hand has abandoned that technique and has decided to go for a more closed down market that allows for consistency across all devices sold by any manufacturers. This new strict policy was thought to prevent any and all OEM’s from skinning or applying any new UI’s to Windows Phone 7. However it looks like this might not be the case. Read more of this post

Android Market now has 1 Billion downloads and 100,000 apps

Today the Android Marketplace has set a stunning record: 1 Billion applications downloaded and 100,000 apps are now in the Android Marketplace. AndroLib has provided the running statistics on the Android OS and it is nothing short of but impressive. By providing over 1 billion downloads, and with a multitude of handsets, estimated to be at 95 now carrying the Android mobile OS, Google has in a short amount of time solidified Android to be a dominant player in the mobile sphere. The Android empire will continue to grow and is expected to surpass Apple’s iPhone by the end of 2010.

[via Information Week and Androlib]

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2010: Android will surpass iPhone users by the end of this year

Nom Nom Nom. That’s the sound you hear from Android chomping away at iPhone user stats. According to a statistics presented by AdMob network, Android will win because of the OS offers a wide variety of handsets. In addition, there are already more than 50 Android devices in the market worldwide. Android is also offered by all major U.S. Carriers, including up and coming MetroPCS, while the iPhone is still married to the AT&T network. Even though Apple statistic on app usage far outnumbers the Android platform, the worldwide adoption of an operating system, by across multiple manufactures and carriers, for a single OS, has never been achieved in such a short amount of time before. The best chance Apple has to capture even more market share is the release of a CDMA handset within the next 12 months.

[via MobileBeat]

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