We released our TuneIn iPad app just in time for the holiday shopping season, and the reviews have been great. Gizmodo’s Kyle VanHemert named TuneIn the “App of the Day,” GigaOm’s Darrell Etherington included TuneIn on “The Thrifty Apple Holiday Gift Guide,” and AppScout’s Alan Henry and Macgasm’s David Linsin were among a number of reviewers who posted positive reviews. But this tablet space is exploding, and the challenge for us is making sure TuneIn is the Internet radio app of choice for whatever device you use.
Chris Forsman at ars technica reports new research from analyst firm IDC finds “Apple commands about 80 percent of (the media tablet) market for (201), while huge growth is projected for 2011 as new competitors enter the market.”
We believe it. Walking the floor at the massive Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the number of companies developing iPad competitors could make your head swim. Check out this great round-up by Engadget’s Joanna Stern, who writes “It’s been raining tablets here at CES 2011. No seriously, it as if the sky has opened up in Vegas and dropped touchscreen slabs with Android and Windows 7 operating systems on our heads.”
Joanna also has specs and photos for the more than 50 tablets she saw at CES.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab, which runs on Android, has emerged as one of the stronger iPad competitors. We released TuneIn for Android smart phones months ago, and the Galaxy does enable access to the Android Marketplace. The soon-to-be-released Blackberry Playbook is receiving good early reviews, and TuneIn Blackberry is available now in the Blackberry App World. We’re also working with the carriers like Verizon to get TuneIn pre-loaded onto phones and devices running the Blackberry OS.
We saw a number of Windows-based tablets at CES, and of course Microsoft recently released its new Windows Phone 7 OS. So we’re working now on developing a version of TuneIn for Windows phones, we expect to release it within the next couple of weeks.
How do you see the tablets war playing out? Will the iPad continue to dominate, particularly with the second version expected to be available in April? Or can tablets running on Android, Blackberry and/or Windows knock Apple down a few pegs?