Mobile Devices

2011: the Tablet's Year?

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TabletsCharis & Co. analyst Robert Cihra predicts global tablet sales will grow by 226% (56m units) this year-- with Apple's iPad claiming 67% of units.

This means 2011 iPad sales will total 36m in 2011.

Cihra says the iPad will dominate the year, thanks to its delaying most tablet launches (by sending them back to the drawing board). As expectation for the iPad's second version grows, iPads will also ignite growth towards thin-client Access computing.

Meanwhile the global PC market is predicted to slow down to 9% growth-- from 2010's 14%. The slow in growth is due to the tablet market's cannibalising into the netbook market.

Go 2011-- the Year of the Tablet

Motorola Teases With Honeycomb

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Motorola TabletMotorola claims its next tablet will be the first running Android 2.4, also known as Honeycomb.

As the next version of Google's OS, Honeycomb is oriented for tablet devices as well as smartphones. Other Android tablets on the market run Android 2.2 or below.

The Motorola Honeycomb tablet is supposed to have an NVidia dual core 3D processor (possibly the company's Tegra 2) and videochat-- at least as confirmed by Google VC Andy Rubin at D:Dive into Mobile.

Other rumours also suggest a 5MP back-facing camera, 7" and 10" versions, a gyroscope and 3 network options (UMTS, CDMA and LTE).

Meanwhile tech blog Engadget reveals a yet unnamed Toshiba Android tablet-- one that's also Tegra 2-powered and is to run on Honeycomb. More news will certainly come out in a few days on these-- and many other-- tablet devices at CES 2011.

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