Google Nexus Slate Running Android 4.1 Ice Cream Sandwich Could Worry Other Tablet Vendors

December 26, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android has been keeping Google busy, and you know that very well. The company is said to be all geared up to introduce their latest tablet christened Google Nexus in six months’ time.

And, the slate will be further strengthened with the incorporation of ICS into it.

While unfolding the company’s plans for the Google Nexus in Italy, Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman said the tablet will come powered by the Android 4.1 OS.

However, this could prove to be bad news for other tablet PC vendors who are partnering Google. It’s believed that many companies like Asustek Computer, Acer and Lenovo are planning to launch their tablets with Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 version by the first half of 2012.

Going by the launch time of these tablets, it’s considered that the branded tablet PC vendors are worried about Google Nexus. They feel the slate that would come running on a higher version of the Android OS would naturally affect their tablet sales in the market.

It’s almost sure that the consumers would usually opt for the latest upgraded OS tablet rather than the previous ones. The solace could be that the Android 4.0 tablets can be updated to Android 4.1 when the pack is released.

Along with this, the tablet PC vendors are also concerned about the popularity of iPads and other low-priced tablets like Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet. And now, some of them are making changes in tablet PC plans.

Recently, Acer had decided to revise their strategy in the product line ups, by cutting short product lines by two-thirds in three years. This is pointed out as an example for the change in the approach of the tablet industry. What do you feel?

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