Nokia has long been rumored to be making a tablet device and the latest that the rumor mills are churning out would like us to believe the tablet might be ready for a release during fall this year. While that is a good piece of news, it should however hardly come as a surprise as all manufacturers big and small including even those hardly related to computing is now into making tablet PCs. In fact, it would have been a bigger piece of news had Nokia not been making a tablet device. The upcoming Nokia tablet is expected to be based on the MeeGo Linux operating system though there has been no official statement coming from Nokia in support of any of these.
However, we also need to keep in mind all that has taken place since the time news of an impending Nokia tablet had first hit rumor world. So while there has been a maturation of the tablet segment along with gradual segmentation of the tablet market to some extent with some distinct categories coming up like those of business or children oriented tablet, the market itself has grown manifold with a lot more players joining in almost every other day. Then there is also the category of budget tablets that apart from having fewer features also allows manufacturers to cut corners at will all under the guise of a cheaper price up front.
Interestingly, one of the most prominent changes worth mentioning has taken place in the Nokia camp itself. In a move that has taken many by surprise, Nokia has decided they have had enough enough with the Symbian operating system and believe its Windows that their future lies in. So while MeeGo has been and continue to find favor with Nokia, it would perhaps be less surprising if Nokia is ultimately seen adopting Android or even Windows for its future tablet program.
In any case, lest not forget all of these are still on rumor turf and are open to the forces of change.