World+dog keep taking the tablets
Shipments to exceed 80m
Annual shipments for tablet devices will reach 81 million by 2015, as new players and handset manufacturers flood the market.
Competition to Apple is likely to arrive in earnest in 2011, according to the market watcher Juniper Research. But Apple should be prepared for the challenge and ready to launch a new version of the iPad.
Juniper says long-established handset manufacturers face considerable obstacles, with RIM, Nokia and Microsoft most affected.
These companies have all developed new operating systems but have been slow to bring them to market, allowing Apple to cement its position and enabling Android to become the operating system of choice for new players.
Pad it out...
Other Juniper findings include:
- Apple will maintain its market lead, at least for the medium term.
- Android will continue to be adopted by new entrants, but products using the BlackBerry QNX, Window Phone 7 and MeeGo will also appear in 2011.
- The netbook market may suffer as a result.
More details can be found at the Juniper Research website. ®
More futureologists drivel
"If we multiply the number sold this year by, say 28, then we arrive at a market 28 times bigger".
@ Robert E A
Nicely put dood!
You should have a 6 figure salary to go with the acute observation.
Windows 7 on tablets
I seriously don't get this "Windows 7 is not good OS for tablets" bullshit that so many people seem to be spewing. I have a Hanvon B10 with Windows 7 which I've had for nearly 2 months now and it does everything I want, smoothly and beautifully. Have you people who think Windows 7 is crap on tablets actually TRIED using it, and I don't mean a 2-minute in-store demo, I mean serious day-to-day usage?
With the current very nasty trend in mobile OS makers to build in functionality to allow them to secretly delete/install applications on your device, coupled with the fact that I and many others need their existing desktop software to run on a mobile device, I think that Windows 7 is a very viable option for a tablet OS. It's familiar, it works well, and it runs the software you're used to. I wouldn't go any other way, and when Windows 7 gets replaced with Windows Phone 7 (which like iOS and Android allows the vendor to remote-access your device) I'll then be going to Linux - since by the time I need to upgrade from the Hanvon, Ubuntu for tablets should be well and truly out.
I am much more interested in tablets that do things that Apple has decided it won't do. I don't care quite so much if the tablet is a "proper knockoff of PhoneOS" or whatever other nonsense that the Jobs worshipping ninnies think. I am more interested in something that actually replaces a netbook and other devices like an Archos. These are things the iPad has failed to completely displace.
I hear that they now attack people in Tokyo suburbs.
And this is not from a William Gibson novel.