Nvidia CEO: Android is the perfect Tablet OS

by Gaurav Kheterpal on June 2, 2010

It seems that the tablet industry is following on the footheels of the mobile market – Apple launches a game changer only to be followed by Google to come up with a strategy to kill the former’s early mover advantage. A score of recent mobile industry reports has suggested that Android has overtaken iPhone OS as the leading mobile operating system. Now, Google seems intent to turn on the heat in the Tablet OS segment as well.

The cofounder, president, and CEO of Nvidia believes that hardware makers will unite behind Google’s Android as the primary operating system for tablet computers. Microsoft may have dubbed Android to be an experiment for tablets and Apple is yet to come out of the 2-million iPad sales honeymoon but most tablet manufacturers are already setting their eyes on Android as the future Tablet OS.

At Computex Tapei, Jen-Hsun Huang lavished praise on Android and indicated that it’s far suited for tablets than Windows. In rather strong words which are bound to ire Microsoft, Huang said

“Windows is too big and it’s too full featured for smartbooks and tablets. The good news is that we finally have an operating system to unite behind. Android is an operating system that has gained a tremendous amount of momentum all over the world. Android has become the fastest growing mobile operating system in the world and, in fact, it has surpassed the iPhone in terms of growth and in terms of users.

Andy Rubin and his team [at Google] know exactly where the industry needs to go. Android started out as a phone but it’s not lost on them that the tablet is going to be very important and that the Android operating system has to evolve, and be enhanced in certain capabilities, in order to be a good tablet operating system.”

While Huang admits that Android in it’s current form leaves a lot to be desired as tablet OS, he has full faith in Google to make the giant leap from a mobile operating system to a tablet OS. There’s a good reason for Huang to be watching the tablet market closely as his company is selling its own Arm-based processor, called Tegra 2, that’s designed for tablets.

While Nvidia has expressed its support for Android, Asus has decided to partner with Microsoft to launch a new series of tablets next year. With iPad continuing to show strong sales, the tablet market looks to be heading for a three-pronged battle between Apple, Google and Microsoft. Will Google manage to come out with flying colors yet again? What do you think?

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Written by: Gaurav Kheterpal. www.digitcom.ca >. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com > by: RSS>, Twitter >, Identi.ca >, or Friendfeed >

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