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AMD: No Tablet Projects In The Works


AMD Chief Exec Dirk Meyer had some reflections on the iPad’s impact for sales of notebooks and notebooks, and feels that the iPad has indeed cannibalized both.  Also, whether or not if it’s because of said cannibalization, Meyer also said the company is waiting for the tablet market to take off further, before allocating any R&D resources toward tablet processors.

“Clearly, in the last quarter or two, the tablet has represented a disruption in the notebook market,” Meyer said.  “If you ask five people in the industry, you’ll get five different answers as to what degree there’s been cannibalization by tablets of either notebooks or notebooks.”

“I personally think the answer is both, and given the pretty high price points of the iPad, there’s probably some cannibalization even of mainstream notebooks,” he continued.

As mentioned above, Meyer’s company is planning on holding off on any tablet projects for the time being.  “Even though tablets like Apple’s iPad are eating into demand for laptops, AMD will hold off on investing to develop microprocessors for that market until it grows more,” Meyer had been reported as saying.

“Frankly we’re still so small in the notebook market that given all of the opportunities in front of us to start turning R&D dollar spending towards the tablet market yet,” he noted.

Past scuttlebutt had Apple and AMD possibly forming a partnership.  According to the plans, company executives had been meeting to converse over AMD microprocessors making an eventual appearance in Apple products.

via AppleInsider

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Analyst Predicts Android Tablet Dominance

We’ve gotten accustomed to take the words of Gene Munster, Senior Research Analyst at Piper Jaffray, with a grain or block of salt or two upon occasion. There have been a couple instances where his numbers sound like they were arrived at by reaching into a hat and pulling something out. His latest analysis though, sounds right about dead-on.

In a recent sit down with Business Insider, Munster talked tablets, and made what don’t seem like remarkably wild predictions. The two talked how the tablet market is going to essentially burn the netbook market to the ground, pummel the laptop market, and even give the desktop market a big of a shake up. Strong words, but with the iPad adoption rates smoking that of the DVD, not all that far out there, we think.

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Of course, Apple isn’t the only player in the game. What Munster predicts is that the iPad tablet story will play out like the iPhone saga. A year, maybe a little more, of complete Apple dominance with their head start on the game. Then comes the shift. It’ll probably start slow as other manufacturers fumble around seeking out the sweet spot in form factors and features, but things will pick up when they find their footing.

Munster doesn’t see much of a future for Microsoft in this realm, pitting Google in that role, as Android-licensed tablets flood the market hitting every price point, size, feature, and taste out there. While you can only get one iPad (with slight variations on size and connectivity), Android tablets will be bigger, smaller, thinner, more colorful, and so on. Simply more choices will appeal to more people.

Like we said, we don’t necessarily buy everything Munster sells, but this story sounds all too plausible.


Tablet Optimized Android OS Could Be In The Cards

One of the great things about Google’s Android OS is that with its open platform, hardware manufacturers can slap it on any device they darn well please. They can modify it to suit their needs and skin it to their heart’s content.

But this is also one of the rotten things about Android. If pushed too far, the OS might still boast top-level functionality, but can often lose much of the stability and flexibility it had when Google let it out of the gate. If you cram Android into a device it’s not meant for–a tablet computer, for example–plenty of important features, such as the ability to use third-party applications available in Android Market, will simply refuse to work.

We’re sure you’ll agree that this sort of thing simply won’t do. Fortunately, our sister site TechRadar has some good news for those of you eagerly waiting to tap and swipe your life away on something other than an iPad. Google has indicated that a tablet optimized version of Android is in the works.

While Google hasn’t been caught speaking directly about the fact that an Android solution for tablets will be available soon, TechRadar has managed to connect a few dots for us. Google has indicated that they’re looking to produce a new version of Android for tablets that will provuide users with the “right experience” when shopping at the Android Market. The search engine giant figures that the best way to sort the problem out is to provide manufactuers with an OS solution geared towards use on a tablet computing device, rather than simply “blowing up” the mobile version.

There is no word on when an official announcment might be made by Google, but we’ll defintely keep you posted, at least to poke some fun at it.