Dual-boot, Windows-Android tablet PC Planned for September?
Leaks of Android-powered tablets slated to debut at an overseas trade show early next month abound in the blogosphere this week, with a dual-boot Anroid-Windows tablet from ViewSonic generating the most buzz. ViewSonic is gearing up to introduce two Android tablets at IFA, the international tech conference being held in Berlin Sept. 3 to 8, according to several blog reports. The display maker is planning to unveil a 7-inch mobile device called ViewPad 7, an Android tablet with both front-facing and back-facing cameras, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, along with USB connectivity and a microSD slot, according to the technology blog Pocket-lint. "The next model is the extremely intriguing Intel-based, 10-inch tablet, which will not only offer the Android OS, it will have a Microsoft boot option as well. There's no more details at present, but potentially Windows and Android both on the same device? Did someone say 'iPad killer'?' writes Paul Lamkin in an IFA tablet post at Pocket-lint. In addition to Samsung's so-called Galaxy Tab and ViewSonic's tablet PCs, Pocket-lint is also reporting that Rockchip will be showing a tablet called Supernova x1 that offers 3-D viewing by simply pushing a special button, courtesy of "the same autostereoscopic technology that Nintendo is using for the 3DS."
If reports are true, the Galaxy Tab is a 7-inch mobile device that will run Android 2.2, though details are still sparse and it's not known when and if it will be available in the U.S. Android-based tablets are garnering attention, as the wireless industry expects them to challenge the Apple iPad, and as the mobile Linux OS gains market share with smartphones -- such as Motorola's Droid X and Droid 2, the HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Epic 4G -- launching at a rapid clip. Android recently surpassed rivals Apple iOS and BlackBerry OS for the first time, according to several research analysts. Analysts widely believe that with the release of the enterprise-friendly Android 2.2, tablet PCs and top-tier handsets running Android will mirror the pattern of the iPhone in regard to workplace adoption. Android devices will become popular with consumers and then begin to trickle into the office as the OS matures with more mobile security and mobile management features.