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Android tablets meet Time Warner cable
CES 2011 proves to be a promising one for Android fans, with a number of innovative products running the mobile platform. Korean firm Enspert is unveiling its S200 Home Media Phone this year, looking to bring the two-part device to the U.S. market. With a handset featuring a large color screen and an accompanying 7-inch tablet that connects to your home Wi-Fi network, the Home Media Phone is designed to work with Time Warner Cable (TWC) as a multifaceted way to continuously interact with TV programs, photos and videos.
The Enspert S200 Home Media Phone may launch under Time Warner, reports PCMag, bringing the cable experience down to the portable device for bathroom or bedroom use. Running Google’s (GOOG) Android 2.2 Froyo for now, Enspert hopes to launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Android snatches 40% of smartphone purchases
It’s cooperative mechanisms like the Enspert S200 that broaden Android’s potential as an operating system, opening up an array of opportunities for consumer products. It’s no wonder Android has taken up 40 percent of the smartphone purchases made in the last six months, according to a recent Nielsen report. While Apple’s iOS still retains the majority of U.S. consumer market share, it’s clear that Android’s diverse approach to mobile devices is a threat to Apple (AAPL) in its own right.
Amazon Kindle for Android tablets
While Android continues to lay claim to the smartphone market, tablet shares are still on the low end. 2011 could change that, with rising expectations around the niche device and its subsequent capabilities. Amazon (AMZN) is anticipating continued success with its mobile e-reader, announcing plans to launch a Kindle version for Android tablets later this year. With its own Kindle device and apps on Apple and Android devices, Amazon has remained a leader in this space.