Today at the Reuters Global Technology Summit, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang threw out a prediction for the future of the tablet market that isn’t too far removed from that of the smartphone market over the past few years. Huang said that Android will surpass Apple’s iOS-powered iPad in market share over the next 2 1/2 years.
For those of you who don’t remember, basically the same exact story has played out in the smartphone arena, with Android overtaking iOS over the past couple years. What makes it tricky is the huge disparity between the number of devices each platform supports. Android runs on numerous devices from various manufacturers, whereas Apple’s iOS only runs on the iPhone. The same disparity exists in the tablet market.
Huang also took the opportunity to announce that NVIDIA’s forthcoming quad-core Tegra chip, codenamed Kal-El, has at least ten design wins, and has secured deals with five major phone companies, and five major PC developers.
There’s no telling what could happen in a market that is so fast-paced and competitive, but it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Android play out its same old start-slow, surge-ahead strategy. Apple is set to debut the newest version of iOS in June at WWDC, and Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is set to land in Q4 of 2011. Perhaps, when the newest versions of these dueling platforms see daylight, we’ll have a better grasp of what to come in the tablet market. Until then, you’ll just have to decide whether or not to take Mr. Huang’s word for it.
[via Unwired View]