Android Tablet Sales Set to Surpass iPad in 3 Years

Tablets using Googles Android operating system could outsell the iPad in under three years, an executive of a chip designer predicted this week.

Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder, president and CEO of Nvidia, said tablets using new versions of Android, including Honeycomb, would outsell Apples iPads as developers create and improve more games and other software for the devices, Reuters reported.

The Android phone took only two and a half years to achieve the momentum that were talking about,” Huang said at the Reuters Technology Summit in New York on Monday. I would expect the same thing on Honeycomb tablets.”

But for the time being, Android tablets are struggling to compete with the iPad.

Goldman Sachs and Jeffries & Co. have both lowered expectations for the tablet market because of thin demand for Android tablets. Jeffries analyst Peter Misek noted that his firm had forecast 100 million tablets would sell this year, but he cut his figures by 30 percent after polling consumers in Asia, Europe and North America.

We now believe 70 million to be more realistic due to 1) Android 3.0 Honeycomb needing polishing, and (2 Android tablets that are priced too high,” eWeek quoted Misek as writing in a research note May 17.

Misek said tablet-makers such as Motorola and Samsung might have to cut their Android device prices in order to be competitive with the iPad.

Boosted by the release of the iPad2 in its fiscal second quarter, which ended March 26, Apple sold 4.69 million of the devices. The consumer electronics giant sold another 7.33 million iPads in the previous quarter, which included the holiday season.

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