Sony Android 3.0 tablet will drop by end of summer

Sony Android 3.0 tablet will drop by end of summer

Summary: If there was one product announcement missing at Sony's CES 2011 press conference, surely it was a tablet. After all, who isn't developing one these days? Looks like that situation is being remedied.

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If there was one product announcement missing at Sony's CES 2011 press conference, surely it was a tablet. After all, who isn't developing one these days? Looks like that situation is being remedied.

As reported by the The Nikkei via Bloomberg, Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer has revealed that Sony will release a tablet running on Android 3.0. That tablet is expected to launch by the end of summer and in the United States first.

Naturally, there are already conflicting reports citing that the Honeycomb slate would actually be shipped later in 2011. A holiday season release does seem like a bigger event (which would fit in with Sony's style), but perhaps Sony wants to hit up the back-to-school crowd with an end of summer release.

Unfortunately, there aren't any other details beyond the operating system at this point. I'll be curious to see if this product turns out to be an oversized Xperia Play (PlayStation Phone), just as some might say that the iPad is just a very big iPhone.

Topics: Laptops, Android, Google, Hardware, Mobility, Tablets

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  • A better question; why should Sony make a tablet?

    Alright, so I'm a grey-beard. I've been working in computing since 1980 and I have seen the fall of the glass-room mainframe, the rise and fall of mini-computers, and the ubiquitousness of the micro-computer.

    Unlike each of these generations, within which a new paradigm evolved to meet an unmet need, the tablet doesn't seem to do anything which is ... well ... needed.

    Sure it makes a neat little internet television, but seriously, that's just fluff. It's a niche product, but it needs to do something more than that to be 'the next big thing'. So what does it do that my net-book or laptop can't do infinitely better?

    Nothing.

    Why should Sony get dragged into a non-market for an expensive computing device which is neither as portable as a smart-phone nor as capable as a laptop?

    Personally I applaud them for not wasting valuable resources on such a device.

    Regards,
    Jon
    JonathonDoe
    • RE: Sony Android 3.0 tablet will drop by end of summer

      @JonathonDoe

      What has Sony even released lately that's worth mentioning? Answer: Nothing
      LP212
      • While I reluctantly agree with you about their current product line,

        their lack of visionary products doesn't necessarily mean that a tablet would be a good idea.

        :-)

        Have a great day,
        Jon
        JonathonDoe
    • What planet have you been on?

      @JonathonDoe [i]"little internet television", "non-market", "wasting valuable resources"[/i]? Apple is making buttloads of money with their "niche" products that bring media consumption, and mobile computing, to the masses, something that, once upon a time, Sony did very, very well. Rather than spending resources on netbooks for "greybeards", Sony may have wised-up and thought that maybe they can get back in the consumer game by out-Appleing Apple (who, let's face it, have resurrected themselves by out-Sonying Sony).
      matthew_maurice
      • What planet have you been on? Earth! How about you?

        Hi Matthew,

        I must disagree with you; simply because Apple can do it successfully does not mean that everyone else should try to do it too. It may well be that there is insufficient market there for the 'me too' products to survive.

        By the way, this particular greybeard owns an iPad 2 and likes it, but yes, it is essentially an 'internet television' built for media consumption and little else.

        When I say something is a 'niche market' that doesn't make it bad, it's simply an observation about what I think a market can support.

        In the end smart-phones and less expensive eReaders like the Kindle and Nook will overtake the tablet's limited functionality and leave it with nothing to offer. Eclipsed as both a consumer's device and not as a content creator's device, I think it's already one-foot-in-the-grave. If I am right, and who knows I may not be -- this is, after all, just my opinion -- then why would Sony want any part of that trajectory?

        Regards,
        Jon
        JonathonDoe
      • This is about second-chances.

        @JonathonDoe Apple got theirs by realizing that competing for enterprise budgets and low-margin consumer PC purchases is stupid. There's a reason they took "computer" out of their name. Sony, of the 70s and 80s, is the model that Jobs used for Apple 2.0, and it's worked out well. Sony may be re-discovering their DNA. [i]"simply because Apple can do it successfully does not mean that everyone else should try to do it too."[/i] Isn't a bad thought, but if [i]anyone[/i] can it's Sony. A tablet that does to the vertical that the Walkman did in '81 isn't inconceivable. They'd have to get all "old-school" in design and execute like they [i]used to[/i]. Which may be too much to expect, but like I said, if anyone can it's Sony. The question is if Google will let them?

        Beyond that, I think that [i]"[ i]n the end smart-phones and less expensive eReaders like the Kindle and Nook will overtake the tablet's limited functionality and leave it with nothing to offer"[/i] gets it totally wrong. Smartphones are well and good, but they don't replace tablets (or vice versa), which is why Apple is doing very well selling both. eReaders are one-trick ponies, which are great for people who want a great mobile reading experience, but their main purpose, for their creators, is to move eBooks from online stores. Yeah, you can root them to take advantage of the underlying Android, but that's a pretty unsatisfying app experience. And [i]"Eclipsed as both a consumer's device and not as a content creator's device"[/i] couldn't be more wrong. GarageBand shows that, plus I couldn't imagine watching a movie or TV show on an eInk screen. Let's not forget Sony also owns a movie studio and music label. A full blown tablet with Sony design with built-in access to all that content would have a lot of attraction. So the question isn't "should" it's "could"?
        matthew_maurice
    • RE: Sony Android 3.0 tablet will drop by end of summer

      @JonathonDoe

      It may not be apparent yet to many stuck with that ol' pc mentality but the new paradigm is <b>post-pc</b>. The iPad comes the closest to a post-pc devices as we'll ever find for the gen consumer. It is the realization that this little 10" device can replace many of ones daily PC tasks with little to no effort, and in many ways more intuitively. As Jobs puts it, technology alone is not enough, but the marrying of technology with the liberal arts that makes the difference here. The technology just gets out of the way of the user using the device they way it was intended. Instant on, no waiting for a bloated OS to load, or virus/malware and maintenance software to start running slowing down your device. We could say the iPad is a badly needed restart that will drive the market faster towards that post-pc universe.
      dave95.
    • RE: Sony Android 3.0 tablet will drop by end of summer

      @JonathonDoe Valid points but the fact still remains that there is a market for tablets and it will only continue to grow. Sony could make an awesome tablet if they were to utilize some of the hardware found in the new NGP. It would appeal to gamers and standard consumers alike.
      Bates_
    • The entertainment dollar

      @JonathonDoe <ul><i>doesn't seem to do anything which is ... well ... needed.<br><br>
      Sure it makes a neat little internet television, but seriously, that's just fluff.</i></ul>
      For a piece of fluff, television hasn't done too badly. True, it doesn't do anything that anyone actually <i>needs</i>, but people are obviously willing to part with their money to have this sort of fluff.
      Robert Hahn
  • RE: Sony Android 3.0 tablet will drop by end of summer

    How many iPad users by then? 30 million? 150K apps?
    pjtmgt@...