Microsoft's response and Goldman Sachs' Motorola estimate have been added to this story.
NEW YORK (
) -- If 2010 was the year of
iPad, then 2011 is the year of everyone else's tablet.
The big theme at this week's
Consumer Electronics Show
is tablets, with tech watchers expecting a large number of new devices powered by
Android operating system.
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for live coverage of CES.)
"Tablets will be the key showing at CES this year," Brian Marshall, an analyst at Gleacher & Company told
."People are expecting 50 million-plus [tablet] units from the tech industry [in 2011]."
The Year of Android
"There will be a lot of products launched on Android," Jayson Noland, an analyst at Robert W. Baird, told
, adding that Google's operating system has been gaining great momentum. A recent Nielsen report showed that while Apple's iOS holds the most market share for smartphones, over the past six months, 40% of consumers buying handsets bought Android-powered ones.
Newly spun off as a separate entity,
cell phone business, now called Motorola Mobility, will take center stage at CES Wednesday with a press conference that will likely mark the debut of its
The device is expected to run Honeycomb, the latest tablet version of Android, as well as
a Tegra 2 graphics processor from Nvidia(
). The Xoom will reportedly offer both front and rear cameras, although Motorola wouldn't comment when contacted by
Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski expects that Motorola's Android-based tablet will make it onto the market sometime this year. In a note released earlier this week Jankowski estimates that Motorola could ship 1 million of the tablets in 2011, a figure which could grow to 4.5 million by 2013.
are also expected to debut Android tablets, with Toshiba rumored to have readied a 10-inch Honeycomb version.
could also unveil the successor to its Streak mini-tablet,
a smallish 7-inch Android device
. "At this point we don't have any comment to provide for unannounced products," said a Dell spokesman in an email.