HTC, the first handset maker to join Google in offering smartphones running the Android OS, is entering the tablet PC battle with the 4G Flyer, which includes a digital pen, a tablet-optimized version of its UI Sense, and souped up gaming features.
The Flyer will ship with Android 2.4, or Gingerbread, and not Honeycomb, the 3.0 version designed for tablet PCs.
Driven by sales of the iPad, worldwide tablet sales are projected to total 54.8 million units in 2011, up 181 percent from 2010, and surpass 208 million units in 2014, according to research firm Gartner.
The majority of developments involve tablet PCs running Google’s Android OS. In addition to HTC, manufacturers prepping or already selling Android tablets include Samsung, Motorola, Asus, Acer, Archos, ViewSonic, Dell and Cisco.
Financial services provider BMO Capital Markets also recently predicted that the number of Android tablets expected to ship in the second half of 2011 will match those of Apple’s iPad.
In addition to the HTC Flyer, the company is also rolling out in Q2 five new Android handsets, two of which are entry-level ones that are Facebook-centric. The other three — the Desire S, the Incredible S and the Wildfire S — are designed to appeal to different demographics and come with different mixes of features.
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HTC Unveils Flyer Tablet with Digital Pen, Facebook Phones and Updated Android Smartphones