Saturday, August 28, 2010

Here come the cheap iPad knock-offs; ViewSonic rumored to introduce Android tablet at IFA

Here they come -- I think. The first Android OS-based tablets appear to be on the horizon, though with the track record of many of the manufacturers one still needs to be cautious.
Following up on the Samsung Galaxy Tab news, ViewSonic is now rumored to be ready to introduce its own tablet at IFA 2010 in Berlin next week. This one, too, will supposedly be a seven model running the Android OS, and with 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and both front and rear facing cameras (this will be standard with all new tablets I'm guessing). It will also boot Windows 7 supposedly, though I haven't a clue why someone would want this (unless they don't really want a tablet but want a keyboardless PC).

The tablet, if real, is certainly a knock-off of the iPad, only thicker and with more buttons that will make it a bit less comfortable to use.

But no matter, the key is that Android-based tablets will soon be on the market, meaning those publishers who have wisely developed for the iPhone and iPad, and have entered the Android phone app market as well will have their efforts rewarded. For everyone else it will be catch-up time.