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.
There are not many 7 inch tablets in the market and its viability has always been questioned. The only noticeable slate which is 7 inch in size is Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7. Galaxy Tab 7 touched 1.2 million mark in sales recently. Now HTC is all ready to release its Flyer slate soon in European market. Flyer is a 7 inch tablet running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and is expected to get an upgrade to Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) soon. This is a bit downer for many as most of the latest tablets are shipped with Honeycomb.
Here is the sneak preview of much awaited Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Google unveiled its new operating system specially built for larger screens of tablets at CES 2011 . Google was under immense pressure to release Honeycomb in CES if it were to attract tablet manufactures. Currently most of the tablets, like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, run on earlier releases of Android which were not designed for larger screens of tablets. This led to a patchy and comic book like large icons and graphics in current Android based tablets.