New report from the upstream supply chain suggests that pure PC hardware companies will get out of the tablet business next year.
There are now two successful tablets on the market. The Apple iPad and the sold for a loss Amazon Kindle leaving less and less room for pure hardware players like HP, Acer, Asus and Dell. Digitimes reports today that sources from the upstream supply chain believe that those companies will get out of the tablet business next year.
They basically say that Amazon and also B&N drive hardware prices into the ground as they make money via the content. Apple is somewhat in a unique position (maybe that will change) to make money on the tablet hardware and on the content.
At the end of the Digitimes report the good old Tablets are just a fad excuse was also brought up. There is definitely some merit in this report. Google needs to finally step up their content game to give Android tablet makers something to work with. Microsoft is taking their attempt on the tablet somewhen next year. I am sure that HP (HP is already fooling around with Windows 8), Acer, Asus and Dell will all make Windows 8 tablets.
The tablet is not dead, but all tablets need a content strong eco-system or they are dust.
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