LG to Launch Android-Powered Tablet

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Yet another electronics manufacturer has announced plans to launch a tablet computer powered by Google’s Android operating system: LG. According to The Wall Street Journal, the device will launch in the fourth quarter of this year, though no other details were immediately available.

Seemingly everyone is now racing to get into the tablet game in the wake of iPad (and its strong early sales numbers) and a computer market that some analysts see shifting dramatically over the next few years.

Just last week saw the introduction of the Cisco Cius, which runs on Android (), with other recent headlines suggesting we’ll soon see tablets from HP (running on webOS) and RIM, in addition to Windows () 7-powered tablets (LG showed one off last month).

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Also looming large in the tablet competition is the data deals that manufacturers strike with wireless carriers. Back in May, Google () was said to be bringing a tablet to market with Verizon Wireless, though no official announcement has yet materialized.

In any event, it appears the second half of this year will be when we start to find out if there’s going to be some viable competition for the iPad. Stay tuned.

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