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Acer, Asus & Dell To End Android Tablet Development?


Acer, Asus & Dell To End Android Tablet Development?

We are currently experiencing a tablet boom, with Android tablets finally beginning to challenge the iPad’s dominance, but reports from Asia suggest a number of major Android tablet makers could be pulling back from the platform in 2012.

A report from DigiTimes suggests that a number of PC hardware manufacturers like Acer, Asus and Dell won’t be updating their Android tablet offerings in 2012 as "sources from upstream supply chains" claim they have not received the orders they would have expected by this stage.

We have also heard rumours that Asus has cancelled its CES 2012 press conference which would give further credence to these reports with the company not having any devices to show off.

Why would these manufacturers decide to get out of the Android tablet game just as it was beginning to challenge the iPad? Well it seems as if the companies may be hedging their bets with Windows 8 on the horizon - waiting to see if it would be a bigger threat to iOS.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Another reason for the slow down in the development of generic Android tablets is that unlike Apple and Amazon with its Kindle Fire they do not have the additional benefit of content to boost profitability from the tablet platform - with Google taking all the app profit from the Android Market.

Of course, as with all reports in DigiTimes, these claims need to be taken with a pinch of salt, and, as the Guardian points out, the sources who spoke to the website claimed that the iPad 2 was selling less than the original iPad, which is not the case at all. The original iPad sold 15 million in its first year on sale while the new iPad 2 has sold 20m units in its first two quarters.

We know that Asus is planning to bring the Transformer Prime to market soon and reports suggest Acer will be announcing new Tegra 3 tablets very soon but beyond that the situation is not very clear.

There is no doubt that the availability of Windows 8 on tablets will give manufacturers a dilemma regarding which platform to support more fully. While Nokia may have promised a Windows 8 tablet by June 2012, it’s more likely that it will be the third quarter of 2012 before we see Windows 8 tablets available.

What do you think? Are the days of the Android tablet numbered? Or is there room in the market for three major operating systems to co-exist? Let us know in the comments.

Tim Sutton

November 18, 2011, 10:43 pm

If you take Apple and their army of blindly obedient buying zombies out of the equation, its fairly clear that tablets are unnecessary, not particularly wanted and about as likely to be around long term as the netbook.

In 3 years the smartphone will be phone, tablet and laptop all in one, a convergent future fervently to be wished for. And it'll be here soon, as long as Apple are stopped from destroying the industry via insane legal judgements, that is.


November 21, 2011, 6:31 pm

>> blindly obedient buying zombies

Oh dear, have you any idea how narrow minded you sound?


November 21, 2011, 7:27 pm

Sweeping statements alert!!

"In 3 years the smartphone will be phone, tablet and laptop all in one" ... I hope not. A phone with a 10" screen (minimum) will be a helluva thing to carry around, clasped to the side of your face.

As for Apple and their buying zombies, I actually own an iPad and enjoy it for what it is, not what it isn't. If it was truly awful, people wouldn't buy it, regardless of who made it.

Tim Sutton

November 22, 2011, 8:42 pm

@lantic (ha!)

I don't mean that we'll be carrying laptop sized phones. Whatever the screen solution is (internal projector, foldable expanding screens, HUD glasses) its inevitable that the one essential item we HAVE to carry, a portable communicator, will become everything we need to carry.

And look, I'm sorry, but if the exact same iPad with the exact same iOS had been made by Dell rather than Apple, you wouldn't have bought one. And neither would anyone else.

I don't think the iPad is rubbish per se. I think it's slick, I think it's pretty and I think it's completely unnecessary. It does nothing that can't be done better and more efficiently on other forms of existing tech, and the only reason it and the tablet market as a whole exists is that millions of unquestioningly loyal Apple fans (hi Keith) will buy anything with the logo on.


November 22, 2011, 10:00 pm

@Tim Sutton, I buy lots of products that are not Apple. But if I buy an Apple product, it's because I LIKE IT, not because it's got a LOGO on it. If HP/Sony/HTC/Samsung etc had been producing products to the same level as Apple, they would be in Apple's position now, and we'd have petty people like yourself say, "oh look HPFanboys will buy anything HP stick a logo on, blah blah".

By the way, my last Laptop I bought was a HP.

Also Apple is just a company that makes products that people want, HP/Dell/HTC etc do the same. Been so anti-Apple just makes you look very childish.

In a nutshell, there are hundreds of reasons why person X buys product Y, whatever those reasons are, why do you care anyway?

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