Big news out of Google this week when chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt announced that he will be stepping aside in April to let co-founder Larry Page take the reins. Schmidt will take up the new position of executive chairman, where he says he will “focus wherever I can add the greatest value.”
Page will be taking over day-to-day operations starting on April 4, while Schmidt, who has shared decision-making with both Page and other co-founder Sergey Brin in the past, says that he will remain “an advisor to Larry and Sergey.”
Other big news this week includes a rather special tablet from MSI, another failed promise from the Indian government and Japan’s Asahi getting on board the tablet (and smartphone) train.
- Toshiba has launched a teaser page for its “Next-Gen” Android tablet, now dubbed The Toshiba Tablet. In the teaser video, Toshiba touts the 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet’s replaceable battery, dual cameras, and three ports, which include a full-sized USB, mini-USB, and HDMI. The page also states the tablet is coming this spring.
- HTC chief Peter Chou once again claimed his company is taking its time with tablets, despite recent news to the contrary. In a comment made during the HTC earnings report, Chou stated “It’s a new market [tablets] with many competitors, and we don’t want to rush into it.”
- The long-delayed Notion Ink Adam tablet is finally shipping and has received an official unboxing.
- The upcoming WindPad 100W from MSI, which runs Microsoft Windows and was unveiled at CES, has seen one last upgrade to its design, and it’s a significant one: it has a projector on a rotating cylinder built into the frame. Though this utilizes components from the Intel chipset and the Windows platform to operate, MSI has said that it has not ruled out the possibility of building a projector into the frame of its upcoming 100A tablet, which runs Google Android OS.
- After the failed experiment of the $10 tablet back in the 2009, the Indian government has once again pulled the rug out from under its citizens. The $35 tablet that was promised to the Indian people—and was set for a mid-January release—has been canceled due to bank security issues.
- The Asahi Glass Co., based in Japan, intends to take a 30% share of the market for the cover glass that is used in tablets, smartphones, and other electronic devices. As part of the move to capitalize on that market, Asahi recently unveiled its Dragontrail glass for application in electronics, which is supposedly six times stronger than conventional glass used in bottles and windows, according to the company.