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NVIDIA: Google a 'little bit behind' Apple on tablets

updated 06:45 pm EST, Thu November 11, 2010

NVIDIA CEO admits Android a 'bit behind' iPad

NVIDIA chief Jen-Hsun Huang in a conference call tonight to discuss fiscal results was ready to note that Google had slipped back in tablet development compared to Apple. He thought that the work Google had done on optimizing Android for tablets and future smartphones was "really amazing" but mentioned twice that the company was a "little bit behind" in bringing it up to par with the iPad. The finished work, which would often focus on NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra chips, would help Google, NVIDIA and their partners catch up.

"Now it's going to take something absolutely great to compete against the iPad and the iPhone, as we all know," Huang said. "Because both of those devices are quite amazing devices. And so it's going to take something that is truly remarkable to compete against it. I think Andy and his team, and all of our engineers here working with them, and all of our partners around the world working on it, are going to absolutely deliver."

The CEO's remarks followed after much of the Google and NVIDIA tablet plans for the year had been delayed. Companies like Compal and ICD had been showing Android tablets using Tegra 2 hardware as early as January, but the first mainstream Android tablet didn't arrive until the Samsung Galaxy Tab began reaching Europe in September. NVIDIA's first significant Tegra 2 tablet, the Toshiba Folio 100, just began shipping last week.

The nearly year-long interval let Apple announce, ship and record high sales for the iPad, which as of the summer had 95.5 percent of the tablet market. Apple's position is expected to decline as the Galaxy Tab expands its reach and HTC, LG, Motorola and others launch Android tablets in and around CES, but their prospects aren't known until Google unveils its first tablet-ready version of Android, Honeycomb.

by MacNN Staff



  1. patrix

    Joined: Dec 1969



    A chief (CEO?) who had something positive to say about the competition, and managed to make his point without putting down Apple?

    Now THAT's refreshing, and someone to look out for!

  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'm still wondering where all the Tegra 2 devices are at? Have they gone the way of Duke Nukem Forever?

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I love understatements like that!

  1. Radovich

    Joined: Dec 1969


    paying more attention to app

    iPad is rich in app to their users and has a solid foundation of 3rd-party app creators,, so, android tablet should do the similar job to their users too.

  1. samirsshah

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Google was sidetracked by

    Chrome OS.

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