Yes, that’s the latest tablet PC news right now. This when the Taiwan based company had said its going to launch tablets laced with both the Windows and Android flavors. Asus had in fact, showcased quite a few tablet devices in this year’s Computex that were based on Windows 7 as well as the Android operating system.
But it seems, the tables have turned in favor of the Google’s Android OS. At least that’s the case in one of the tablet devices that Asus had planned to have the Windows Embedded Compact 7 as the OS. The tablet in question is the ASUS Eee Pad model EP101TC and as per the latest tablet PC news, the earliest we can expect to see in the tablet entering markets is during the first half of 2011. That’s because Asus will be waiting for the the next version of Android, the ‘Gingerbread.’ Experts opine, the Android is built for the smartphone segment and has not exactly been designed with tablet PCs in mind.That’s also the reason why it can’t support screen resolutions beyond 800 x 640 pixels, thus ruling it out for typical tablet devices. The new Gingerbread, it is believed will be the first proper operating system from Google that is designed for mobile gadgets like tablet and initial reports indicate, its going to be a revolutionary piece of software.
However, Asus didn’t mention if its the end of the road for Windows 7 for them and neither confirmed nor denied if the other Windows Eee Pad, the 12.1-inch EP121 will also be meted out a similar treatment. Asus had earlier announced a Windows 7 Home Premium along with an Intel Core 2 Duo ULV processor setup for the tablet.
Also, this would be another instance of the Windows 7 operating system losing out in the lucrative tablet segment. Hewlett Packard too may not be too eager to have the Windows 7 as the operating system on the Slate device. In fact, HP had also let it known they are putting on hold their Android tablet plans indicating they might also be waiting for the official release of the Gingerbread version.
All of these is turning out to be quite interesting with more to come in future. Keep watching!
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email