Motorola is one of those companies which has been riding the Android wave and has successfully leveraged the power of Android to become a major player in the mobile smartphone market.
It has been one of the most loyal backers of Android, other than HTC and Samsung. Its latest launches – the Droid X and the Droid 2 have been hits and are selling quite well.
Now, the tablet fever has caught on with many manufacturers and scores of Android tablets are slated to launch by the end of 2010, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab and tablets by Viewsonic, Archos and Toshiba.
Motorola, however, has remained silent on this topic, it hasn’t formally announced yet that it’s working on any tablet. Other than the leaked Verizon roadmap for 2011, there has been no mention of any Motorola Android tablet in the press.
Yesterday, however, Motorola’s CEO, Sanjay Jha stated that Motorola plans to launch an Android based tablet by early 2011.
“Nearly everyone in this business is clicking on all cylinders.
I will only develop a tablet if it is sufficiently compelling. Hopefully, that is early next year.
I see the tablet market as an opportunity; no cannibalization with smartphones. iPad is more an extension of iPhone than a migration of a Macintosh. I think that is a natural expansion for us.
The convergence of mobility and computing is very important for us. There could be more form factors that are more smartphone-centric.” said Jha.
Google has officially stated that Android 2.2 Froyo isn’t optimized for the tablet form factor. Android 3.0 Gingerbread will be launched by the end of 2010, so we can expect the Motorola tablet to run it, instead of Froyo.