NEW YORK (
) -- From
new Cius tablet to rumors that
Research In Motion
2010 is undoubtedly the year of the tablet.
Heralded by Apple CEO Steve Jobs as a PC-killer, the iPad has raised the profile of tablet technology. With its sleek design and 10-inch touchscreen, the iPad, of which more than 3 million have been sold, has exorcised the ghost of failed tablets from companies such as
and even Apple, whose first take, the Newton, was short-lived.
Unsurprisingly, the rest of the tech sector is trying to follow suit.
Chrome OS, here are a few of the more promising tablet technologies to keep an eye on.
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Cisco's Android-powered Cius tablet
launched two weeks ago, and while it represents another notch in the networking giant's move toward becoming more of a high-end videoconferencing titan, it's no iPad killer. The Android-running Cius seems strictly business, with forward-facing and rear-facing cameras, multiple cloud-based applications, support for Cisco's business collaboration tech and a docking station that allows users to dial each other via phone.
Nokia's MeeGo tablet
reported in April,
for developers, reported
. A Nokia tablet, which is likely to be powered by an
chip via the new MeeGo OS, could potentially boost the No. 1 phone giant's mobile device strategy. It would be a welcome addition for
Wall Street Journal
recently reported that
with a slide-out keyboard -- a device that could serve as a companion to the company's business-minded BlackBerry phone. Few details have emerged about the RIM tablet, but it's likely that the device will run on the company's business-centric OS, which, if done right, could give RIM a big edge for consumers wanting to run biz-friendly apps.
Google's Chrome OS tablets
Android operating system
becoming more smartphone-centric, its Chrome OS is targeted at larger devices -- netbooks to desktop PCs. An open-source operating system, Chrome is described by Google as something "created for people who spend most of their time on the Web."
These are busy times for Google, which has
and is also
-- Reported by James Rogers in New York