Cisco Kills the Cius Tablet

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Less than a year after its release, Cisco will discontinue production of its Cius business tablet.

In its recent blog post, Cisco announced that the Android-based collaboration tool was affected by the growing bring-your-own-device trend along with cloud computing.

Cisco CiusOJ Winge, senior vice president of Cisco’s TelePresence Technology Group, said that the company will also discontinue investment and development of the tablet.

“Based on these market transitions, Cisco will no longer invest in the Cisco Cius tablet form factor, and no further enhancements will be made to the current Cius endpoint beyond what’s available today,” Winge said. “However, as we evaluate the market further, we will continue to offer Cius in a limited fashion to customers with specific needs or use cases,” he continued.

As part of Cisco’s continuing support the Cius, which currently runs Android 2.2, will receive an update to Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 at the end of Q3.

The Cisco Cius features a 7-inch touchscreen primarily intended for enterprise video conferencing and was not intended to compete with consumer tablets such as the iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab. It was one of the first Android tablets to ship with an Intel x86 CPU and not an ARM chipset.

Cisco will now focus on software offerings like Jabber for tablets and smartphones.

Source: NetworkWorld



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