At the Reuters Global Technology Summit this morning, CEO and co-founder of NVIDIA Jen-Hsun Huang, went on the offensive against Android’s competitors. Jen-Hsun predicted that Android tablets will surpass the iPad in about 30 months from now — or 2 and a half years.
Huang believes that Android tablets will follow the same trajectory that Android phones did, which overtook the iPhone in just 2 years. In Huang’s own words:
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 tabletsJen-Hsun HuangCEO of NVIDIA
NVIDIA’s CEO is certain that future versions of Android will allow the platform to beat the iPad. This is similar to what happened with Android phones. The platform got off to a slow start with the T-Mobile G1, and then came the Motorola Droid powered by a much better Android 2.0, and the rest it’s history.
Although there are some differences between the tablet and phone market, we have to agree with Huang. Android for tablets will improve with time, once it’s rock solid, manufacturers will take the platform and run with it.
At another point during his talk, Huang didn’t waste the opportunity to tease us about the company’s upcoming mobile quad-core chip: Tegra 3. According to Huang, the company is already working with phone manufacturers to bring Tegra 3 to market. Specifically, he said:
It's got to be at least 10. We have five major phone companies and we have five major PC (manufacturers)Jen-Hsun HuangCEO of NVIDIA
Who are those “five major phone companies”? I have no idea, but if I was a betting man I’d say Motorola, Samsung, and LG are on that list.
It sure feels like we’re reliving the early days of Android. Honeycomb feels unfinished just like Android 1.0, the Motorola Xoom like the G1 is not flying off the shelves, and we have an incredibly fast chip coming in the near future — back then it was Qualcomm’s Snapdragon.