“Lenovo Group Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Yang Yuanqing said there’s scant room for growth in the tablet market, and that devices running Google Inc. software — including his company’s machines — will keep trailing the iPad,” Douglas MacMillan reports for Bloomberg.
“‘“Tablets will not replace the traditional’ personal computer, Yang said in an interview yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. ‘The traditional PC is changing to adapt to the customer requirements. The tablet is an extra market for some niche customers,'” MacMillan reports. “While Lenovo makes tablets, it’s also an early entrant into the market for so-called ultrabooks, a term coined by Intel Corp. to describe light, thin laptops. A year after tablets dominated much of the talk at CES, computer makers used press briefings and erected elaborate booths to focus show-goers’ attention on the newer category of slim PCs. ‘This will become a trend to replace part of the notebook market,’ Yang said of ultra books.”
MacMillan reports, “Apple’s iPad controls more than 65 percent of the worldwide market for tablets, according to Framingham, Massachusetts-based researcher IDC. Google’s Android tablets, including Lenovo’s IdeaPad A1, represent 32 percent of all tablet sales. ‘Apple is the leader,’ Yang said. ‘For the Android ecosystem, we still need to learn something, we still need to improve something.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s MacBook Air is also winning in the “niche” ultrabook market, which, as with tablets, is yet another market that Apple invented. Creating entirely new markets that spawn myriad slavish copiers, hapless followers, and assorted steamrolled roadkill is something Lenovo has never done and, with current limited-vision leadership, obviously never will.
And, oh-by-the-way, Mr. Yang Yuanqin talks out of his Ying-Yang:
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