Android tablets to overtake iPad in three years

There's no denying that right now, the Apple iPad (and iPad 2) dominate the tablet market. The company got in there first and has used its publicity machine to great effect. If you go out on the street, the vast majority will know the iPad name, but very few people (outside of the tech 'savvy') would be able to name a single Android tablet. All that will change over the next three years, if you believe Nvidia chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang.

Speaking to Reuters, he said that tablets using new versions of Android, including Honeycomb, would outsell iPads as developers create more games and other software to use on them: 'The Android phone took only two and a half years to achieve the momentum that we're talking about. I would expect the same thing on Honeycomb tablets,' said the co-founder of Nvidia and, you would think, someone well-placed to view the market.

The issue is whether Android tablets can catch up the iPad 2. According to Reuters, investors are questioning whether Apple's lead in tablets is too big for Android-based tablets to make up. Huang disagrees, pointing out that phones using Android now outsell iPhones and are increasingly popular in China and other emerging markets. In essence, he's saying that Android phones have already matched the iPhone, so there's no reason why tablets will not do the same.

Nvidia obviously wants to be a part of that, with the company's next generation mobile processor, code named Kal-El, set to boost tablets, as well as phones low-powered laptops. It's already been snapped up by several manufacturers too. Kal-El will mean more powerful boast quad-core processing and higher-resolution graphics, which in turn, will mean better hardware and more ambitious apps.

The man from Nvidia just might have a point.

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