What really mattered at CES: An OS, a tablet a network, a surrender

Android, LTE and tablets will drive this year's IT decisions

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Motorola has committed to running Honeycomb on its upcoming high-powered Xoom Tablet, and Samsung will certainly upgrade the Galaxy Tab to run it. Its openness, especially compared to the iPad, should also help it compete, despite the iPad's dominance.

The next crackberry

The RIM BlackBerry PlayBook is important mainly because it's from RIM and will be a good choice for RIM's enormous installed base, the BlackBerry Tablet is unique in being both a solid product and a tablet that doesn't run Android, the iOS or Windows. It runs its own TabletOS that looks like RIM skipped a couple of generations between the last version of the phone OS and the tablet.

It's such a departure from the BlackBerry that there probably won't be much inertial carryover -- BlackBerry users picking a BlackBerry tablet because they know the system and the provider.

It's big, it's powerful and it seems to seems to be on target both in design and execution, according to CIO reviewer Al Sacco.

It's not perfect, but it appears to be a good option for corporate IT, which is not always the case with the first effort of any vendor in the tablet market.

 

The next big network

The last big-news item is the December rollout of Verizon's high-speed LTE network in 38 markets, its plan to expand to 140 markets by the end of the year and 10 devices it will release to use the full 5Mbit/sec download speed of that network.

LG's Revolution and Samsung's 4G phones will support it, as will mobile hotspots from Samsung and Novatel. Skype will also be available on it until Verizon gets tired of people clogging up its network with traffic they don't pay for directly.

Motorola's Xoom tablet will come with LTE support, as will Samsung's Galaxy Tab and Cisco's Cius.

Next to building a light, simple device end users will actually enjoy carrying and using, connecting it at high enough speed to keep them happy is the next big step.

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