Toshiba announced yesterday that it's going to try. It's releasing a tablet-style computer, called the Folio 100, that will run on Google's Android operating system. The tablet will be released in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa first, and then the company will decide whether to release it in the U.S.
Toshiba is among many electronics manufacturers around the world looking to ride the wave of demand that has swelled with the iPad. Samsung Electronics Co. Thursday unveiled the Galaxy Tab, which also runs on the Android software. Sharp Corp. in July showed off prototypes of a tablet it hopes will be the "iPad made in Japan," and plans to officially unveil the new product later this month.
"The market for tablet devices like the iPad is attracting a lot of consumer attention," said the Toshiba spokeswoman.
Let's hope that attention leads to serious competition.