RIM, HP Tablets Eye Android, iPad Share
Some 25,000 of those were designed specifically for the iPad. Apps for Android tablets such as the Galaxy Tab should prove fruitful next year as the hardware ships in earnest. Apple has placed such a premium on quality content and apps for the tablet form factor that it forced hardware makers such as Research In Motion and HP to invest in OS technology to address this trend.Hunt questioned whether RIM and HP, which lack the broad application ecosystems Apple iOS and Google Android have fostered, will supply the content and user experience to lure consumers. Even so, some people will buy them on brand alone. Next year, Hunt said almost 8 percent of tablets shipped will run RIM's QNX-based OS and HP's WebOS platform. This segment of non iOS and Android-based tablets is forecast to grow to 19.3 percent of unit shipments in 2015, proof that there is enough tablet pie to go around for the next half decade. What about Microsoft tablets? The near-term future appears bleak, as Hunt wrote: "Considering the low number of announcements for tablets running Windows 7 OS, IMS Research forecasts that Windows will account for a very small percentage of tablet shipments during the next couple of years." However, HP said Nov. 15 its Windows 7-based HP Slate 500 tablet PC is on backorder due to "extraordinary demand."
For example, RIM acquired QNX and HP snapped up Palm in July to gain the serviceable WebOS platform for the Palm Pre. RIM is launching the BlackBerry Playbook next year, while HP plans to offer WebOS and Window 7 OS tablets next year.