The sales of Windows 8 powered notebooks crashed to the lowest, as per the latest quarter earnings of respected hardware vendors. Intel , the world's biggest chip maker also witnessed its sales plunged 14 per cent from a year ago, due to slow adoption of Windows 8 operating system. To recover back from ashes, the chip maker is penning its hopes on Android tablet - convertibles, as reported by DigiTimes.
The report further says that China's major player - Lenovo , is said to announced industry's first Android-based convertible Yoga notebook this coming May.
It is being speculated that other big vendors such as Hewlett- Packard (HP), Toshiba, Acer, and Asus could announce their respective models in the third quarter. Intel is expecting that these upcoming Android based tablet cum convertible notebooks would retail for $500 or around the same price of current generation iPad 4 sold in the international market. Interestingly, the design of the upcoming notebooks will such that they can be folded like a notebook or used as modern day slates. The believability is Android is increasing day-by-day- thanks to the stupendous success of 7-inch tablets worldwide.
Next year Microsoft could announce the arrival of MS Office for Android, as per multiple reports. If Microsoft announces MS Office for Android and iOS then it could lead to further decline in the sales of Windows 8 powered notebooks , and ultrabooks. The market is rife with reports of Google planning its own Android notebook, and will likely to announce in the third quarter. Analysts speculate that Google could announce ‘Androidbook' at Google I/O 2013 this coming May.
"As for Google's possible Android-based notebooks (Androidbook), the devices may show up at the end of the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter", as per DigiTimes.
Talking about the Windows 8 powered notebooks, the biggest reason for the failure of Windows 8, is the unacceptability of its User interface (UI), and other reason could be the expensive price of the hardware. Japanese vendor Fujitsu recently gave a bold statement by blasting at Windows 8 for lackluster performance. Even Dell blames Windows 8 for poor sales. Microsoft's own Surface range of tablets (especially Surface RT) witnessed lower than expected sales. Stay tuned to GizBot.