OEMs focusing on Android 4.0 rather than Windows 8 for tablet PCs

By on May 7, 2012
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Delays in Win 8 causing disinterest.

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The delay in the launch of Windows 8 has caused many tablet PC manufacturers to focus on Android 4.0 for the upcoming months. Currently OEMs are not worried about Windows 8 at all, given that it is scheduled to be released towards the end of the year. Additionally Microsoft’s recent announcement to invest $300 million into Barnes & Noble’s Nook has further “raised concerns” about how Microsoft will handle content for the OEMs.

Since it still takes time to test related Windows 8-based products coupled with the current flat demand for tablet PCs, most vendors now deem that there is no urgent need to launch Windows 8-based tablets,” aid inside sources to DigiTimes. Since Windows 8 was delayed, “brand vendors are expected to launch Android 4.0-based table PCs for the upcoming buying spree in the second half of the year.”

Depending on how early Microsoft releases Windows 8 to tablet PC manufacturers, we could either see a huge marketing push behind Windows 8 based tablets at the end of the year, or see it overshadowed by Android and Apple tablets.


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