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NVIDIA CEO Thinks Android Tablets Will One Day Eclipse iPad in Sales, Already has Players for Quad-core Chips

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is a pretty entertaining dude.  We watched him tear up the stage at CES this past January with infectious amounts of energy over his brand and the future of Android tablets using Tegra 2 processors.  And now we’re watching him make bold predictions over the future of that same tablet industry, which he thinks will mimic that of the smartphone.

On Monday, at Reuter’s Global Technology Summit, he tossed out the idea that in 30 months or so, Android tablets will eclipse those from Apple.

“The Android phone took only two and a half years to achieve the momentum that we’re talking about. I would expect the same thing on Honeycomb tablets,” Huang told the Reuters Technology Summit in New York on Monday.

It’s hard to argue with his logic there, but man, it’s going to be a rough ride especially after looking at the lack of success from this first wave of Honeycomb tablets.  Sure, the XOOM and Transformer are quality products, but you can’t with a straight face say that they have been a success to either Motorola or Asus.

Huang is however hoping that his next release, the Kal-el quad-core processor, will help take Android tablets to the next level.  So far, NVIDIA has 10 players ready to use this new chip (5 phone and 5 PC manufacturers) which is expected to be ready for prime time tablet use by the middle of this year and in phones towards the end.  Lofty expectations I’d say, especially knowing that things like 4G LTE can’t find a way to play nicely with their current crop of processors.

What do you guys think, does Android stand a chance as a tablet OS?  We know that it took a couple of years for the smartphone side of things to come around, but is this gap between the iPad and us to big to overcome?

Via:  Reuters

  • Vector

    If Honeycomb was the be all/end all of Android, Apple would probably win in the tablet space. Fortunately, Honeycomb is only the start of the evolution of Android in the tablet space. It was really a hack to jumpstart Google’s entre into larger formfactors. That’s the primary reason we’re not really seeing any differentiation in Android tablets yet; the hardware specs are currently to tight. You have to have Tegra. The screen has to be 1200×800. There’s not much wiggle room for manufacturer’s yet. 

    Once Ice Cream Sandwich unifies the forks and loosens the hardware requirements, we’ll see a lot more variety in Android tablets including 7 inch and, most importantly, cheap tablets. At that point, it will be Windows vs Macintosh all over again with the same result. Remember, Apple changed the face of computing in 1984 but their insistance on a closed ecosystem almost bankrupted the company. Cheap open systems will ultimately prevail.

  • Rolla02

    “Sure, the XOOM and Transformer are quality products, but you can’t with a straight face say that they have been a success to either Motorola or Asus.”

    I can, maybe not for the XOOM, but I have been trying to locate a transformer locally and I cannot. Everyone is sold out. Even Amazon (as was also noted elsewhere) have been sold out. I think that is a pretty darn good indication the ASUS is happy. Now they just need to find a way to build more of them,

  • Anonymous

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  • Droider

     Looks like someone went wild with the gaussian blur filter in Photoshop for that portrait photo…

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  • Alex W.

    Sorry to say, but I can’t help hear the sounds of a iPad fanboy.

    Why will Android dominate the tablet market (as it does in the phone market)?  Because it actually does something.

    What dos iOS do?  It launches apps and stores contacts.  While the same could be said about Android, it’s the interface that makes the difference.  iOS is a giant app drawer.  The only kind of customization you get is the order of your apps.

    Android has widgets, allows flash, and allows innovation. 

    PaperPhone?
    http://news.cnet.com/is-your-iphone-obsolete-meet-paperphone/8301-17938_105-20060621-1.html
    Android

    Tablet that converts to a netbook with a keyboard / battery dock? 
    http://www.asus.com/Eee/Eee_Pad/Eee_Pad_Transformer_TF101/
    Android

    Tablet to control your printer?
    http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/12/hp-photosmart-estation-c510-printer-android-tablet-now-on-sale/
    Android

    Stylus control and responsive touch?
    http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/15/htc-launches-into-tablet-wars-with-1-5ghz-7-inch-flyer/
    Android

    The list goes on.

    Android is where the innovation is.  Apple will push out iOS 5 with their next phone, and everyone will jump for joy.  Honestly, I can’t see why since I see no difference with the interface from iOS 2 to 3 to 4 (never saw one). 

    Apple is like giving your keys to your son.  They run to the car and start the engine.  Then Daddy comes along and has to drive because Apple only knows how to drive straight and copy things from others.

  • Anonymous

    Quad-core? LOL,  one day we will be able to use the power of the dual core in my G-Tab 10.1.  it hardly breaks a sweat with current apps and use cases.  even video editing and rendering hardly runs this at high cpu loads. 

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  • Fattie McDoogles

     Android needs to get someone to back a tablet like they got Verizon to back the original “DROID”. They made Android a household name. People (most of which have Android phones) ask me everyday if my Galaxy Tab is an iPad. People don’t know these things exist.

  • JCastle482

    Shouldn’t this be posed on an.droid-life.com instead??? 

    • Anonymous

      Sadly that site has been dead for months! 

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  • Djstar2k2

    its possible but the only thing holding back android tabs(I have the Acer iconia tab) is ads. only ppl the really know slates is ppl that r into gadgets. but as android domination continues in the the phone world more ppl will notice the android tabs(ESP. since prices r becoming cheaper). evident to me when a 50 ty yr old dude bought a xoom on launch day cuz as he told me he had droid phone might as well have droid tablet.

  • Anonymous

    Yay to quad core processors…. so effing excited

  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.obrien3 Ken O’Brien

     Given the time to allow Android to become a truely great Tablet OS (Honeycomb is just a first step in that direction) i feel it will become the standard, and the 2-3 year timetable is completely realistic in my opinion.  A tablet should be a multitasking powerhouse, and Quad core chips are the key to making that a reality.

  • CreeDiddy

     I’m an Android fan and I was an original iPad owner. Personally, what good is dual-core/quad-core if the software is still laggy between homescreens and apps? This is my frustration with Android OS. Apple has perfected a lag-free OS without the need of dual-core. I am TB Owner and I can tell you that the more apps and music you have on the phone, it feels sluggish. This has nothing to do with processing speed. It has alot to do with the poor performance of the GUI. Also the games in the apps market are still way behind iOS.

    So if phone manufacturer’s for Android are listening…….Stop it with the hardware specs and start perfecting the OS to run smoother!!!!!!!

    This is coming from a Droid 1 and TB user as well as an iPad owner…
    Cree

  • Anonymous

    The best thing that could happen IMO is the quad cores hit later this year and drive down the prices of the existing quality units.  If they want traction they need quality devices undercutting iPad prices by $50 or more.

    • Alex W.

       The Transformer does that.

      I have one and I think it’s amazing.  I don’t see why anyone would want an oversized app-jukebox.

  • Mr.Joe

    Gosh who cares?

    Here’s how it’s going down…

    nVidia will show off Kal-el at CES 2012 with a few tablets.  People will go crazy and say OH MY LORDY!  Then in March Apple will launch the iPad 3 with a A6 Quad Core CPU and the iPad 3 will be sold out for weeks.
    While all those fancy android tablets don’t sell. 

    • CreeDiddy

      I agree! Android is taking the army approach to take down the iPad. Whereas the iPad is taking the distribute one for all approach. Believe or not that is more effective than making 10 different manufacturer’s trying to cash-in on the same approach. What is really difference between Moto’s tab vs. Samsung’s tab. Virtually nothing…

      Cree 

      • Anonymous

        Here’s the REALITY…… dude, it’s a battle between Google now pulling Android Forces together with the only chance to beat down CrApple. That’s where and why every member of OHA (Open Handset Alliance) is signing onto “Fragmentation Prevention” clause. No more fragmentation when Ice Cream Sandwich comes to all Google Android run devices. Including Google TV, Tablets, Smartphones, Set Top Boxes, HDTV’s, Routers, Netbook Computers, PC’s w/ Android, etc et all! NO FRAGMENTATION…. and the same Android version will run all of them!

        What do you have with Apple iOS? FRAGMENTATION with a whole lot of users jailbreaking their devices  (Google doesn’t care and encourages us to play). Someday the Jailbreak Community with be bigger than the initial first time users. It’s LEGAL and Cydia is growing in leaps and bounds. Plus already CrApple’s asinine iDiots like you trolling Android forums, will need to upgrade your hardware. Because CrApple’s lack of business ethics and unwillingness to compete instead of buy out, kill or mame the competition will kill them!!!  Fragmentation is something CrApple secretly calls “Planned Obsolescence”!

        The difference in Samsung and Moto? The OS was newer and right now you have Honeycomb a lot more optimized. Plus…… this Galaxy Tab 10.1 will also come in two variations. One with Nvidia Tegra 2 w/ vastly improved BANDWIDTH (3rd generation T20 w/ different vertex to pixel shader ratio (2 to 6 instead of 4 to 4 and just out in February). The other one sporting Samsung’s own Exynos A9 Dual Core w/ Monster Bandwidth and sporting a Quadcore GPU clocked to 1.2ghz and possibly on Samsung’s new 32nm Process a whole year before CrApple ever gets it.

        Top that off with their new Pentile HD 10.1″ screen with a whopping 300dpi, that will leave you all CrAppleholics and Steve Jobs crying to your graves!!! haha……

        And as of August without any Fragmentation w/ Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS, Google and all Android fans will rejoice as Android Market (One for All devices) will be obliterating Apple’s CrApp Store. Then by the end of this year, Android Market will destroy them going over 500,000 Apps! :D

        btw….. we already know you iZombie’s only excuse will be, that “Apps aren’t important anyway” or now, “It’s about the quality of the Apps in our CrApp Store vs Quantity in Android”! haha…. yeah right… and I’m  Steve Jobs too!!! :P  

    • Anonymous

      Sorry…… but they do not have a Quad core in development. Except on the GPU side. In the next iPad they will go for a die shrink of their A5 dual core. Put two more cores in the GPU, with the shrink on TSMC 40nm or 28nm, re-clock to 1.5 or 2.0 (if going to 28nm) and call it a day.

      I think they realize that they can’t compete against everybody in an arms race, when they don’t have full content provider’s support. Along with the fact they got a bunch of CrAppleholic iZombie users believing Steve Jobs is gOd. No doubt before too long he’s going to kick the bucket. But……. no doubt he’ll also want to take as many of his Jones Town Followers from CrApple’s Garden Walled Closed Proprietary Prison Farm iOS Network….. with him!

      Psssst…….. don’t drink the RDF spiked Kool-Aide when he offers it or you could end up DEAD with him!!!

      • iKing

        What a class act….

  • Mike

    The ASUS hasn’t been a success?  If they had enough of ‘em made, it would be.  Or do you know where to find one?

  • Mike

    The ASUS hasn’t been a success?  If they had enough of ‘em made, it would be.  Or do you know where to find one?

    • Budcar38

      I have 5 , 32gb models. Email me at atlaspt@gmx.com

      • Anonymous

        Stop trolling with your stupid sales.

        Amazon will have some within the end of the month (verified).

      • Fadsfdsaf

        Reported. 

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  • Budcar38

    Asus transformer has been great for me. I love mine and bought 5 out of the 9 available from Amazon yesterday. Look for them on eBay, or email me for more info: atlasPT@gmx.com

    • Anonymous

      Greedy… :(  

    • sspediacci

      Why would I buy from you when I can buy it from Amazon? No thanks.

      • Budcar38

        lol, its sold out on amazon.

        • Anonymous

          cause of you 

    • Anonymous

      Typical greedy/hoarding mentality.  

      Everyone who is looking… go to nowinstock.net and setup alerts to your phone/email. Just be patient and you will get one at a fair price… and please don’t buy one from this turd.

      • Budcar38

        So being in business is evil?

        • Anonymous

          no, legitimate business is not evil… what you are doing is not “business”  you are hoarding devices that are in short supply just so you can mark them up for personal gain.  If you were in “business”, you would make a deal with a supplier and sell the items from your shop or website.

          You are allowed to do what you like, its a free country, but I hope you get stuck with a bunch of devices that you can’t sell for profit.

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  • Petersen5

    I have been kind of an Amd fan computer wise but you have to be liking team greens optimism. Hope it works out for android I just bought an Asus netbook but I will probably purchase an Android tablet down the road.

  • http://twitter.com/richie681 Eric Richardson

     It’s just the nature of the market. Yes, Android Tablets, if they come out anything like phones do, will overtake iPads. It’s just a numbers game. More options = more market share. This would be accelerated even more if Android tablets got down to a better price point than they are now. 

  • DoD

    Who cares if it out sells the iPad. I just want to be able to do with my xoom the things I need it to do. Which for me it has been doing except for apps like quick office which has a really bad PowerPoint.

    But it’s cool getting my text messages for my phone on my xoom. And being able to hook it up to my tv and watch YouTube using leanback with my incredible.

    Once more apps utilize honeycomb, it’s going to be even better.

  • Anonymous

     The reason why these didn’t see adoption as quickly as some would have liked is because the tabs were too expensive, didn’t match iPad sleekness and most importantly didn’t have the tablet centric apps. Google still has a lot of work to do in the tablet game though to make a compelling product for consumers.

  • Anonymous

     iphone vs android phones does NOT translate for tablets. It’s very different kind of device and product purchase cycle. I love android, but it’s unlikely it’ll over take the iPad, but certainly be far far more important than it is now. 

    Don’t forget Windows 8 is also going to run on ARM chips, mind you THAT will be the game changer.

    • Chris

       its more like Xoom vs oversized iphone 4. which do you think is better? the Xoom or the iphone 4? if you say the Xoom then Android wins with tablets also

      • Anonymous

         …what?

      • CIFchamp24

        Dumb….

      • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

         Nobody says the Xoom, the Xoom is terrible.

  • Anonymous

     Its going to take a genius marketing team even if we have the greatest hardware on the market. The thing about apple is their marketing makes you want something you have absolutely no need for. They make “tech stupid” customers feel smart & in control (anything but in reality though) but in reality though)

    • Anonymous

      Wait but wasn’t this the same guy who said he’s disappointed with  Honeycomb sales? It may have been someone different but I know whoever it was they were from Nvidia

      • Anonymous

         Ya it’s the same guy.

        He’s one of my favorite and most entertaining CEO’s. Never comes off as a dick, be it in Nvidia PC GPUs or now Tegra chips.

      • Anonymous

         Ya it’s the same guy.

        He’s one of my favorite and most entertaining CEO’s. Never comes off as a dick, be it in Nvidia PC GPUs or now Tegra chips.

    • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

      80% of Googlers use Apple because of their capabilities and at the same time their products “make “tech stupid” customers feel smart & in control”. Wow pretty amazing, sounds like an fantastic company. 

      • Fattie McDoogles

         That’s such a sad fact but its so true. Just look at I/O they had several Mac Books on stage during the presentations. You can’t expect use to go buy your tablet when you are showing that you endorse the competitor!