Remember when you would tell you school friends that you had all the latest computer games just so you wouldn’t seem like the odd one out? Well it seems as if Asus at CES last week were in a similar position.
Not wanting to be left behind the likes of Motorola and Toshiba, the Taiwanese manufacturer boldly claimed to be ready to ship three Android tablets by Q2 of this year with all running Android’s brand new, tablet-specific Honeycomb platform. Only for the company to reveal a week later that the tablets will in fact not ship until Q3 of this year and will run Android 2.3 or Gingerbread rather than the proclaimed 3.0.
It is a majorly embarrassing step-down for Asus, especially considering the amount of new tablets vying for consumers attention at the moment. The reason for the change of heart? Well, according to Asus marketing specialist John Swatton, speaking to The Inquirer, “because the company did not know the detailed technical specifications requirements of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, it could not confirm that Honeycomb will be the tablets' OS.” Asked why Asus had claimed it would be shipping with Honeycomb, Swatton said that statement had been a mistake.
In relation to the possibility of creating its own app store on the Android tablets, Swatton said it was still “to be confirmed”. Because the Asus Android tabelts don’t have a phone function, they would be unable to access the Android Marketplace and would therefore have to create its own version. At CES, Asus announced three Android tablets in conjunction with the 12in Windows 7-based Eee Slate EP121 which is due for release in April. No revised release date or specifications has been made by Asus regarding this tablet.
Source: The Inquirer