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Android Tablets � a developer�s view

Oct 14, 2010, 16:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russel Barnes)

[ Thanks to Linux User & Developer magazine for this link. ]

"The success of the Apple iPad has prompted other manufacturers to launch their own tablet devices, mainly based on the Android platform. But can Android have the same impact as it has done in the smartphone market? As well as putting together an excellent insight into the Android Tablet scene with his recent feature 'iPad Killers?', and weighing up features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab versus the iPad, Phil King also talked briefly to Tommy Forslund, producer at Swedish mobile developer Polarbit, to see what front-line developers make of the transition…

"Will Android tablets be able to mount a serious challenge to the iPad?

"They stand a good chance to. Android has shown itself able to compete with Apple in the smartphone sector, and I see no reason why the same shouldn't be true for tablets. Apple has an advantage in their nicely integrated media services, like iBookstore and iTunes. Android will be getting their music store soon though, and there's nothing to stop first-generation Android tablet users from installing Spotify and Kindle for Android and get music and eBooks through those services."

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