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LG did not specify whether the new tablet will compete with the 10.1-inch Windows 7-based tablet it showed off at Computex 2010, or if is replacing that model, the UX10.

With the flurry of tablet announcements this year following on the heels of the iPad launch, 2010 is quickly becoming the year of the tablet, with observers predicting the device will gain in market share. Tablet PCs will outsell netbooks in 2012, according to Forrester Research.

The 451 Group is also predicting a move toward more powerful, smaller laptops that fit into the netbook category, said Chris Hazelton, research director, mobile and wireless, “but a bigger threat will be from the tablet, with people saying ‘If I’m going to mostly do web browsing, why have a keyboard?’ and they increasingly will want a display device dedicated to viewing content.”

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In announcing the plans, LG said its tablet will be “thinner and lighter than competing devices.” But while Android is still behind the curve and is playing catch-up to Apple, said Hazelton, there is still room to compete. “You’ll see these device vendors leverage the openness of Android in that they can put specific apps on [tablets] that may be banned or prohibited by Apple.” In addition, competing tablets will have hardware features like USB ports, removable batteries and expandable memory, he said-all of which the iPad doesn’t(lg laptop battery).

“Hopefully, these [Android] devices can run 10 or more hours like the iPad can,” he said, and having a backup battery is handy, especially for business travel, if there is a problem. By contrast, Apple requires a user to send back the entire device if they encounter a battery issue. “If you open the device yourself you void the warranty,” Hazelton noted.

Among the desirable features tablet makers should be considering are a front-facing camera for video chat, he said, along with tight integration with Google Docs for business and Google Voice, which is already very well integrated with Android. “Google Voice … is almost unusable on the iPad and iPhone because it’s a web app and not a native app that was approved by Apple,” said Hazelton. “Those can be tightly integrated in a tablet PC.”

HTC could be the next to announce tablet plans, Hazelton said, since they came out with a small netbook running Windows XP a couple of years ago, but are likely to launch one running Android. Research in Motion and HP Palm may also follow. “Palm had a netbook that ran Linux a couple of years ago that never made it to market, but I think there’s still interest there,” said Hazelton, “particularly when you have a company like HP with lot of funding behind it now, so they can move into the tablet market unlike before because they lacked the resources.” lg laptop battery

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Google Android sounds like the name of a mobile phone, but it’s actually not. The name Google Android is used to refer to the OS of the mobile phone. The market is flooded with with mobile phones these days, and consumers are spoilt for choice. So what makes Google Android so different? And why should anyone start using a totally different OS altogether?

Currently, the better known mobile operating systems in the market are Symbian, Palm, Windows Mobile and more recently, OS X for iPhone. These operating systems are all competing for market share. But the similar aspect of these operating systems is that they are all closed systems. In other words, no one else, but the companies themselves can develop applications for the OS (with the exception of OS X, which we shall discuss later).

Therefore, all mobile phones that are equipped with these operating systems have limited applications that can be installed.

Recognizing the rising trend of the open network, Google is hoping to change all that with Google Android. With the SDK (Software Development Kit) offered by Google, developers can truly innovate and come up with applications that can be installed in Google Android. We have all seen this concept taking the Internet by storm.

For instance, we see the Firefox browser closing the gap with Internet explorer. It’s able to catch up quickly because it allows developers to develop useful extensions for the browsers. To date, there are hundreds of extensions for the Firefox browser, and its popularity is still rising. The same goes for social community sites. MySpace used to be the top social community site. But Facebook became popular really fast, and have risen to be on par with MySpace. Again, it happened because Facebook started allowing developers to launch applications on its platform.

The signals are clear. The open concept works, and Google Android is looking to overtake all the other mobile operating systems. The project is now being undertaken by the Open Handset Alliance, which is a group of companies formed by Google, T-Mobile, Sprint, Vodaphone, HTC, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson and other players in the mobile phone industry.

Eventually, fans can’t help but compare Google Android with Apple’s OS X. After all, the Apple iPhone is immensely popular, and it also allows developers to develop third party applications for the iPhones, and distribute them through Apple’s website. However, the OS X also has a limitation – it can only work with the iPhone. So if you don’t like the iPhone (rare, but it happens), you are out of luck.

Google Android looks set to become the leading OS. It’s just a matter of time. Already, the Open Handset Alliance is working with mobile phone manufacturers to develop Android mobile phones. So don’t be surprised to find mobile phones from major brands such as Samsung, HTC, Motorola, etc. in the near future.

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