updated 12:35 pm EDT, Wed May 18, 2011
HTC exec talks tablet line and NFC in a year
HTC's European leader Florian Seiche in a presentation at a Reuters summit on Wednesday was optimistic about the future of tablets both for his own company and the future. The company felt "very good" about early sales of the Flyer and that the current market was "just the start" of something bigger. He imagined that schools could replace their paper textbooks with tablets within five years and could create a deeper social impact as a whole.
"I think we can't even guess the potential," Seiche said.
The executive also promised a whole range of tablets to take advantage of it. He made no mention of the other models, though HTC is known to be working on the Puccini, a 10-inch Android 3.0 tablet with LTE 4G for AT&T's network. Apple has had near complete control of the tablet market and has increasingly seen the iPad used in education and schools.
A clue did emerge of the phone maker's plans for NFC wireless. Despite being one of the largest Android device designers, HTC was only expected to have the near-field technology sometime inside of the next 12 months. Android was one of the first smartphone platforms to get NFC but, outside of the Nexus S and some versions of the Galaxy S II, hasn't seen any significant adoption.
Seiche chose to comment on Nokia's switch to Windows Phone. He saw the move as a positive for HTC since it increased the market share of Windows Phone and gave it legitimacy. Nokia's involvement could help Windows regain "critical mass" after years of losing share to Android, BlackBerry, and the iPhone. [image via Jon Choo]