Enterprise Mobility: Samsung, Acer, HTC, LG Tablets Dominate MWC 2011
BARCELONA-Tablet computers from major players in the mobile industry dominated much of the attention of this year's Mobile World Congress crowd, offering various mobile Web connectivity options, stylish form factors, and no lack of hyperbole proclaiming their device would transform the industrysomething that Apple arguably did nearly a year ago when the massively popular iPad, still the best-selling tablet on the market, debuted to wide acclaim. Google's Android operating system (most notably Android 3.0 Honeycomb, designed specifically for tablet devices) has become the standard bearer for the tablet market, with the majority of devices on offer running some version of the platform. Honeycomb is designed to support larger screen devices and introduces a slew of new user interface features, including home screen customization, widgets and a redesigned soft keyboard, and supports multicore processors and hardware acceleration for graphics. IT research firm Strategy Analytics expects the Android OS to continue accounting for larger portions of the market. Earlier this year, IDC forecast 44.6 million tablets will ship in 2011with U.S. sales accounting for nearly 40 percent of the totaland grow to 70.8 million units in 2012.