Enterprise Mobility: Android Tablets: 10 Improvements They Need to Beat Apple`s iPad

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-04-13 Print this article Print
A Better Operating System

A Better Operating System

Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" was supposed to be the operating system that would finally put Apple on notice. But after using it on the Motorola Xoom, consumers have quickly realized that its nothing of the sort. It has odd design quirks, its buggy, and it fails to live up to the hype. Android tablet makers should keep that in mind and think seriously about waiting for Google to fix those problems before they release their own devices.
In 2010, Apple sold 15 million iPad units. Now, the company is selling the iPad 2, and around the United States, the device is practically impossible to find. Even those who order the tablet online need to wait weeks for it to arrive at their homes. But it's a much different story on the Android side. Tablets running on Android, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Motorola Xoom, haven't been selling all that well. In fact, a recent report from Deutsche Bank claims Motorola has sold just 100,000 Xoom tablets since that device's launch more than a month ago. That's not good news for Motorola, and it's certainly not good news for all the companies looking to try their luck in the tablet space in the coming weeks and months. But luckily for those firms, all is not lost. With the right strategy and a few smart moves, Android tablets can succeed along with Apple's iPad 2.Read on to find out what Android tablets, including those that are out now, will need to offer in order to be a success in that hotly contested space this year.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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