Historians may look back at the dawn of the 21st century as the era of the Tablet Wars. Before you can adjust to loving your existing tablet, you find yourself ogling the next generation. What began just a few years ago when Apple introduced the iPad, a game had begun among the technical and non-technical as challengers threw their hats into the ring. There are now 3 powerful contenders. Will there be a winner? Which might it be? Why?
When it comes to tablet operating systems, 2012 seems to be the year of revolutions as makers aim to grab greater ground and offer customers more value for their money. Apple introduced iOS 6 and Microsoft plans a holiday attack with Windows 8. Meanwhile Android just announced that OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be replaced with 4.1 Jelly Bean. Tablet users are in for tasty treats.
Jelly Bean is expected to release sometime in July and, no doubt, every Android tablet manufacturer is going to wrestle on producing new tablets that are Jelly Bean friendly. Is there a likelihood that Google’s Play may offer Jelly Bean as a free download to Ice Cream Sandwich users? The Asus Nexus 7 and Motorola Xoom are slated to be the first kids to deliver the sweets in their models that will ship with Jelly Bean pre-installed.
Jelly Beaners can look forward to some exciting new flavors:
Search results that appear in “cards” that package information in an easy view. These cards can be swiped away later and look like packaged apps.
The notification bar will now include social streams, sports scores, calendar dates, flight status, recommendations and other key items.
Smarter search via Google Now, a feature that highlights traffic status and predictive time of arrival.
Improved photo applications with greater organization and editing features.
NFC and Android Beam improvements.
Offline voice typing – Will key texting become past tense?
Keyboard improvements including an algorithm that guesses the next word before you type.
Notifications menus add many new enhancements to make personalizations more personal and intuitive.
Faster refresh rates may be feasible when viewing videos.
Prepare for multichannel audio performance.
Triple buffering in the graphics pipeline.
Bi-directional text and other language support.
User-installable keyboard maps.
Automatically resizable app widgets.
The point is that even Willy Wonka is stunted by the magnificent speed of refinements and enhancements that tablets are releasing. While the Apple iPad still dominates the world user market, especially with its wide offering of peripherals and accessories, plus its new bright Retina screen, Android is emerging as the next popular word to reach public jargon. What will Windows 8 offer?
At this point, there are 3 main challengers. Other challengers, such as Blackberry, have long left the arena. It’s a game of action and power and all the players are powerful forces in the tech domain trying to reach as many customers as possible. Can you project who the winner might be?