HTC shift

HTC may be pushing the limits on the size of smartphones with the EVO4G, but don’t expect that trend to translate tablets any time soon. While the iPad is undoubtedly the dominant tablet on the market right now, a number of Android-powered tablets are under development, and some are bound to hit the market sooner or later. Unfortunately, HTC is not one of the companies working on such a device, instead preferring to play wait-and-see with the competition:

"We are always looking at it, but, right now, the whole idea is that in order to be successful with a tablet, you need to have something compelling. And not just a compelling form factor".

And that means HTC is happy to sit back and see what the rest of the market does first: "You need to find that compelling use, that compelling story, that one compelling feature. And we are not going to do anything until we have found that", Lin said.

Even if this news is slightly disappointing to HTC fans in the near-term, HTC’s statement clearly shows that plans for an Android tablet aren’t off the table. HTC certainly does have a knack for hardware design, but it remains to be seen if Android tablets will catch on, as HTC seems well-aware.

Source: Pocket-Lint

via: Androinica

  • donnythebowler

    Through that quote, HTC have demonstrated the fact that they are blind to the fact that the only thing they bring to the table is hardware.

    They have proven time and again that they are useless in the software arena.

    If they make an Android-capable tablet, the stock Android experience will be the true measure of success of failure.

  • Adam

    Honestly I would rather see a Chrome OS tablet from HTC and I'm hoping that is already in the works!

  • Rick

    "a number of Android-powered tablets are under development, and some are bound to hit the market sooner or later"
    I have using an Eken 001 since may, running Android 1.6.
    This is similar to Ford saying that someday there will be self parking cars, when Lexus has had one for 2 years.

    • David Ruddock

      This is true, and there are numerous such devices.

      Though I think much of the connotation here is tablets running newer versions of Android that see a wider release, and are manufactured primarily for and marketed to the US or Western European market, and probably with some type of cellular internet service. Basically, something designed to parallel the ipad.

      • Rick

        You may be correct, the if you go to slatedroid.com, you will see that the Android tablet has already permeated the North American shores with impact

  • FtBastrd2

    So, HTC are waiting to find that special something, the X factor if you will.

    Correct me if im wrong but the only way that another tablet will rival the ipad is one that will support the full use of MS Office. This will allow it not only to be used as an entertainment gadget, but something that can get a foothold in the corporate world.

    Surely something that is not just a giant Smartphone that is used to check your facebook is needed now. imagine using the tablet to read, edit and compose Word and Excel documents! Now that would make a tablet really worth having.