India has always lagged behind in early release of new electronic gadgets. The latest incidence to confirm this was the very late arrival of iPad in India. Apple started selling it in India just before the release of iPad 2 worldwide. Situation is even grimmer if we consider the latest slew of Android tablets available in US and Europe. Out of some 50 + currently available android tablets in US, only 2 are officially available in India. One is the Galaxy Tab 7 by Samsung and the other is Adam tablet by Notion Ink. There are few other Android tablets available in India but they all can be categorized as Android smartphones with large screens.
Apple earned a bad name when it chose to ignore Indian market for iPad. Now it seems that Apple has learnt its lessons and is not ready to ignore 1.21 billion strong Indian Market for its newly released iPad2. Just 2 days back Apple India announced that iPad 2 will be available in India now. One interesting thing to note here is that in present times Apple is feeling the heat of immense competition in tablet market. The current generation of Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) based tablets from almost all major manufacturers are giving Apple a run for money. Because of this Apple is now targeting markets where the presence of Android based tablets is almost nil and where better to land than India, where people have purchasing power and Honeycomb is not present here. This becomes even more evident if we observe that Apple has made no similar announcement for its iPhone 4 which is doing ok in sales in US and Europe markets.