ADOTAS – Though Apple is currently king of the tablets — 3 million iPads sold in 80 days — competition is banging on the door, and not just from the Indian government. The Financial Times reports that Motorola and Verizon are developing a tablet computer powered by Google’s TV variation on the Android operating system.
According to FT, the device will have a 10-inch screen, enable the use of Flash and will tie into Verizon’s FiOS digital television systems — and guess who makes the set-top boxes? Pat yourself on the back If you said Motorola.
Motorola, Verizon and Google have all benefited from their DROID smartphone partnership, with Motorola in particular climbing back to the land of profits. Android has gained a great deal of ground with new smartphone subscribers since the release of version 2.0 — can lightning strike twice with a tablet on a more popular 3G carrier?
At the same time, TechCrunch’s Matt Burns has an interesting column contemplating whether the iPad has preemptively killed the U.S. tablet market. He notes that tablet devices existed for about five years before the iPad’s launch but never caught on, and also that although Chinese companies have released a slew of cheap Android-powered tablets, U.S. PC makers appear to be sitting on their haunches.