Amid shrinking market share for its mobile phones, Nokia is hinting that it may take a run at the tablet market, according to PaidContent.org.
Citing an article in the French financial trade Les Echos, Nokia is looking at the summer of 2012 to launch a Windows 8-based iPad competitor.
With well above 90 percent of the tablet market belonging to Apple, any new competitors face an existing, uphill battle.
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Paul Ensallam, head of Nokia France, said explicitly "In June 2012, we will have a tablet that runs on Windows 8." (That's more than a hint.)
Nokia uses Windows 7 for its mobile devices, so a migration to 8 makes sense. A migration into the tablet market? Let's hope they ran the opportunity cost against it.
Amazon's Kindle Fire is getting decent reviews, as well, as a low-price, quasi-competitor to iPad.
HP has also indicated that it'll use the newer Windows OS for a tablet. Once new CEO Meg Whitman reversed course on HP's mobile assets, looks like a few new devices will be on the shelves.