Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Upcoming tablet devices

An interesting article from The New York Times, discusses the new tablets that are expected to hit the market within the coming months and compete with the Apple iPad. Companies such as Google, Nokia, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo, and Acer are all said to be working on devices. The article notes that Apple could face the most competition from nontraditional device manufacturers such as Google. In recent months, Google has been working with hardware manufacturers to incorporate its Android software which competes with Apple’s iPhone operating system. Google also hopes to make its own app type store and has been “experimenting in ‘stealth mode’ with a few publishers to explore delivery of books, magazines and other content on the tablet.”

In a follow-up posting on the Bits Blog, it notes that Google plans to have at least one feature that the iPad lacks which is Adobe Flash support. The posting also says that Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, commented in a conversation that “Google might not get it right the first time” but believes that the company will have “the next two or three years to figure it out.”

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