HTC, the no-name Taiwanese company, rocketeered to smartphone superstardom in 2008 with the Google Android powered T-Mobile G1. Rising out of the Orient, they were the first, arguably, to define a smartphone challenge along with Motorola to answer the Apple iPhone.
Now it seems that they are set to do the same in the Tablet space, which up to January 2011, analyst IDC declared the Apple iPad as the sole Tablet at 87% strong in the worldwide market and only whisperings of opposition.
The makers of the block traffic HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon and the first WiMax 4G Mobile (IEEE 802.11n) smartphone, the HTC Evo 4G on Sprint’s Network, both of which have the distinction of being showstoppers in 2010.
Why? Because these smartphones not only had bigger 4” AMOLED screens, meatier 1 GHz + processors and 8 megapixel cameras, but they did one thing the AT&T locked-in Apple iPhone, could not do – make reliable Voice Calls.
Simple explanation to the crazy stampedes in the famous smartphone Shortages of 2010: there was massive pent up demand for an Apple iPhone alternative.
True to form, Verizon after much pleading, mostly on the part of Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg back in July 2010, finally landed it on Verizon’s Network, with much aplomb and superlatives about heaven on earth and whatnot.
A lackluster crowd of approximately ten (10) people greeted the much anticipated three (3) year itch, mainly due to the cold and mostly because the alternatives to the Apple iPhone has made skeptics of Apple-byters, looking for Apple Inc to give them more. Guess Verizon’s comments of an unprecedented demand were reserved for its online purchases.
Bigger screen. Faster processor. Bigger camera. Like the block traffic HTC Droid Incredible and its WiMax–capable cousin, the HTC Evo 4G. Apple Love was still strong however. This based on the statistics of USamp (United Sample) poll of seven hundred (700) subscribers.
Very interesting numbers indeed: 54% of Blackberry and Android phone users on Telecom Provider Verizon’s Network would jump ship in a heartbeat!
The magnetic attraction of the Apple iPhone only let go of its hold on 26% of users on Telecom Provider AT&T’s Network! Wow! Paper on Apple Magnetism, anyone?
So now that HTC, the distuptor powered by Google on Verizon’s Network has forced the Apple iPhone onto said Network in less than three (3) years, are they planning a similar disruption of their own in the Tablet Space, in a similar manner? Looks so to me.
HTC has now flown in, literally with the HTC Flyer Tablet, a Tablet for which they had expressed an intention to rain on Apple’s Parade in September 2010 but unlike the hapless Samsung and their Galaxy Tablet, would be sporting the latest Google Android OS 2.3 aka Honeybomb.
A flock of articles, namely from EnGadget, Wired.com and CNET have all hinted at a HTC Flyer around January 20th 2011 this year that is packing a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core 2GB Internal memory expandable to 32GB SD card slot and the usual suspects of Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.1n), GPS, Bluetooth, blah, blah, blah.
The Tech Herald’s Steven Mostyn, however, deserves honourable mention, as he put better clothes on his arguments with details! The Tablet is not a 10” but 7” inch capacitive touch screen (like duh!), modeled on and using HTC Desire’s 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255. Oh, don’t forget the front-facing 1.3 mega-pixel camera complemented with a rear-facing 5.0 mega-pixel camera. Strange, but possibly true?
Looks more like true after they debut their Tablet at the Mobile World Congress recently held in Barcelona! All the above specs are spot on, but most impressive is that HTC has bundled their Tablet with OnLive a cloud–based gaming company that allows gamers to play Platform games for the same OnLive accounts.
Disrtuptor in the making. Don’t change that dial folks, as the obvious becomes apparent: Ecosystems, and not specs are the main selling point of electronics gadgets according to the words of Naveen Tewari is the CEO and founder of InMobi.
My Tablet must work with my smartphone, PC, Laptop, Netbook and printer whether over Public domain Internet or a private Corporate or Personal Home Networks. Let’s see how well Taiwanese HTC take on ecosystems does in the wild!
Now for the pricing, battery life, availability, etc….the fine print details for customers!
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