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Android tablets finally prep to rival iPad

by Kristen Nicole

Big news around the Android mobile platform this week, with plans for several manufacturers to announce new Android tablets this fall. All the action is taking place at the upcoming IFA show in Berlin, with Samsung as a leader in this pack. The company is expected to reveal the Samsung Galaxy Tab, hinting at a superior device that will do justice to the tablet world, as the Galaxy S has done for smart phones.

Other manufacturers, including Toshiba, Acer, ASUS and Viewsonic, will have announcements at IFA, as well, with the show closing out with an appearance by Eric Schmidt. This is cause for high hopes around Android's upcoming tablets, with previous models not able to compete with the iPad.

The point of differentiation this time around is that the Android platform has matured, along with the hardware and software behind developing a viable iPad competitor. Now that technology has reached this point, the tablet wars might heat up very soon.

Archos, a manufacturer that's been making Android tablets for several months, is also gearing up for another line of devices. Set to run Android 2.2, the five upcoming tablets range in price and features, reports CNet. At the top of the heap is the Archos 101, priced at about $300. It will feature a 1GHz processor, HDMI output and a front-facing VGA camera.

Motorola, which has been heavily involved in Android device development for more than a year, is launching a handful of new devices overseas, according to a PCWorld article. As part of Motorola’s MING series, two new models, the MT810 and A1680, have been launched in China, pushing Android's global reach.