LG says Android tablet arriving this year

LG is developing an Android-based tablet, set to hit shelves by the end of the year.

LG says Android tablet arriving this year

The tablet will be part of LG’s Optimus line-up, which is primarily made up of smartphones running a variety of operating systems, including Google’s Android mobile operating system.

LG said the Android tablet will be the first it creates in the suddenly popular form factor, and will arrive in the fourth quarter of the year. The as yet unnamed tablet will “deliver vastly superior performance than similar devices,” but be thinner and smaller than its rivals, LG promised.

At the moment, the main competition is of course Apple’s iPad, although rivals such as the joojoo tablet have started to arrive. HP is working on creating tablets running its recently acquired webOS platform from Palm, while Cisco has unveiled the enterprise focused Cius.

LG said the Optimus smartphones and tablets will cover the market from entry-level options to premium priced gadgets, with ten arriving in the second half of the year. So far, LG has named two of the incoming Android smartphones, the Optimus One and the Optimus Chic, with the latter running Android 2.2, code-named Froyo.

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