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Toshiba prepping Android, Windows tablets

updated 11:05 pm EDT, Wed April 14, 2010

Company considering several form factors

Toshiba has disclosed additional details surrounding its tablet endeavors aimed at competing directly with Apple's iPad. Jeff Barney, general manager of digital products for the US division, suggested the company will offer several devices, referred to as "slates," with operating systems spanning from Windows 7 to Android, according to a Reuters report.

The Android offering would be the closest device to the iPad, integrating a 10-inch screen and featuring a lower price point. The more expensive Windows-based model is expected to include higher-end features such as dual displays.

"We definitely see a place for the slate, we see there's a market there," said Barney. "It'll be expansive like netbooks, it won't be cannibalistic."

The company already offers similar products, including the Journe Touch, in European markets. The device is focused on mobile Internet activities, running a version of Windows CE that does not support third-party apps. The US Android offering will take advantage of the range of content available through the respective Market.

Earlier reports indicate Toshiba's upcoming slates could arrive sometime late this year or early in 2011.






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  1. iphonerulez

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    They see there's a market there...

    They apparently didn't see that market six months ago which is good now that Apple has a nice jump on them.

  1. coffeetime

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    Joined: Nov 2006

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    Market Explosion

    The explosion of tablet market.... thanks to Apple for leading the way. Next product from Apple would be a giant 42" LED iPad that will replace and kill all flat screen TV out there.

  1. IxOsX

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    Lets see it first!

    "We definitely see a place for the slate, we see there's a market there," said Barney. "It'll be expansive like netbooks, it won't be cannibalistic."

    Less than 400€? Looks good if they offers equal or more than what the iPad 3G-64GB offers, and if they give plus an USB connection that will be very nice. But lets see about the OS interface... What Apple is better is usually in the software and interface. Let's see what happen there.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Spaghetti Tablets

    Throw them against the wall and see what sticks. We'll just have some with these specs, some with those specs, some with this OS, some with that OS, some with these apps, some with those apps ... one of them is bound to be a success, right?

    But the real question - the question that will absolutely determine whether one of these tablets ultimately succeeds or fails - is: where's the stylus? :-)

  1. Foe Hammer

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    The Anti-Gretzkys

    In a very famous Apple-like philosophical statement, Wayne Gretzky was once asked why he's such a great hockey player. He responded something akin to "I don't skate to where the puck is. I skate to where the puck is going to be."

    Mr. Blarney and the rest of his ilk skate to where the puck used to be.

  1. testudo

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    but...

    Sure they're reacting, just like all companies react when some new territory has been breached.

    But it isn't about who gets there first (as everyone talked about with the iPhone, which wasn't the first smartphone on the market by a wide margin, or the iPod, not the first MP3 player either). It's about who ends up succeeding.

    And with everyone so gung-ho about how the iPad is magically opening up this whole tablet market for businesses and such (for we keep hearing how the iPad is a 'game changer!'), it's a question of "Is Apple willing to bend to the whims of the business world to give them what they want?". For if they deem the iPad too closed or constraining in Apple's personal rules and regulations, they may decide "s**** it, we'll go with Toshiba or HP or something else running Android and use the apps we want to use, even if they weren't written in Objective-C by default, or allows access to the file system, or whatever".

    And the iPad will be what it is now, a large iPod touch for the consumer market.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    butt ...

    What new territory? Apple didn't get there first. By your own posts, testy, you've said Apple wasn't breaching some new territory. Apple just made it actually work wildly successfully - and wildly profitably - where the others have failed.

    Apple will decide in its own good time what it wants to do with future iPads. Half a million iPads this fast since launch is quite the success, especially to the naysayers - and without any need to "bend to whims of business" to achieve it.

    Again: Apple doesn't do focus groups. Apple makes the best products it believes it can to meet the needs it sees and the markets it wishes to pursue. If that large iPod touch for the consumer market is what that is, and it's the best device out there that does that, so be it. Meanwhile let "business" fling their Toshiba, HP, MS and other wannabe iPads against the wall. Just kidding they won't be doing that - well, not until about six months or so from now when they finally start showing up.

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