Everyone and their uncle has promised to release an Android
-based tablet by the end of 2010, and at this point, it's probably easier to take a head count of which companies aren't planning to release one. We can start with Hewlett-Packard
, who according to reports will no longer be pushing out an Android slate anytime this year.
Everything we know is pretty much based in speculation, so take all this with a spoonful of salt. That said, there's reason to believe that HP, at least in the short-term, might end up ignoring the Android tablet market altogether. After scooping up Palm
, HP wasted little time in scrapping its Windows 7-based 'HP Slate,' and shortly after confirmed plans to work on a webOS
tablet instead. That wasn't all that surprising, except for the amount of self-generated hype that went into the Windows 7
It's at least conceivable that HP has lost some interest in playing with different OSes, and instead wants to focus all its attention on webOS. Or maybe the company just has little interest in releasing a bunch of different tablets all at once. Either way, don't look for Android to ship from the HP camp until at least 2011, if ever.