Even though a recent report on DigiTimes suggested that Asus, Acer and Dell were all looking to pull out of the tablet computer market, two of the aforementioned companies have denied this is the case.
The article suggested that due to the strength of competitors such as Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, the major PC hardware players would eventually phase out their tablet footprint. With the Kindle Fire, iPad and upcoming Nook Simple Touch able to profit more from software and content rather than the hardware and tablets themselves, manufacturers were reportedly being priced out of the market.
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However, CNET reveals both Asus and Dell have said they will continue their mobile device operation. "As usual, the rumours and reports from Digitimes are incorrect," said Asus spokesman Gary Key. "Asus is not exiting the Android tablet business."
A Dell representative also said the company has no plans to abandon the tablet industry. No spokesperson from Acer was available for comment.
Hardware manufacturers, mobile companies and now book retailers have all tried to make an impact in a space dominated by the iPad, however no tablet has yet to challenge Apple's crown. Even though the potential Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS could improve certain companies' fortunes, the highly anticipated iPad 3 which is rumoured to arrive in 2012 is likely to ensure Apple comes out on top once again.