September 17, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Motorola has raced to the front of the pack with its Droid phones, but the company will be playing catch-up when it comes to the tablet market. Despite original rumors that it would have an Android-based tablet in stores by the 2010 holiday season, Motorola will not deliver a tablet until 2011.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said at an investor conference that the company will offer a tablet next year.
“We want to make sure that any tablet that we deliver is competitive in the marketplace, and I think all of us will make sure that we will only deliver that when that occurs…Hopefully, that’s early next year.” – Sanjay Jha
Time is of the essence, especially in light of the disappointment caused by the Dell Streak’s long waiting period and Samsung announcing that all four major U.S. carriers will offer its Galaxy Tab. When Motorola delivers its Android tablet next year, it will be several months behind competitors and miss out on the largest consumer spending period of the year.
However, it may be better to have a great product that’s late than have a poor one that’s on time. We could see a tablet-optimized version of Android ready by then, so perhaps Motorola will be able to succeed in the tablet game after all.