Tablet PC Android OS: Is It Really Free?

Tablet PCs running on Android OS are garnering a major segment of the Tablet market. Despite great releases by competing OS, every brand of Tablets running on the open source Android OS are making the most sales. This implication for you as a tech-device seller is that Android OS market is where you need to move your business to.

Android Phone vs android tablet PC

Within the segment of Android OS-based devices, you have several niches and two main contenders here are Android Phones and Android Tablets. Again, if you have been following market trends, discussion forums or tech leaders you as a communication devices seller would now be able to identify that there is soon going to be a cleavage between the over-sized Smart Phone and the multi-tasking Android Tablet PC.

Android Tablets have already taken off to a rocketing start given their inherent characteristics of Open Source software, use of multiple-vendor-hardware and fundamental features of a good performing device-connectivity, security, battery-life and affordable pricing.

First advantage with Android OS Tablets-its free

The advantage with software that is developed in Open Source format is that it is free and everyone can use it. Linux, Ubuntu, Fedora are the various names of software in which such Free Open Source Software can be developed. Secondly, anybody can use it, make changes to it and share it again with the user community. In the case of Android OS (the source code or software to run tablet, phone or any other device) the free source code though developed by Google is free to use by anybody. This is not the case with iOS or the Operating System used Apple to develop its suite of devices like the iPhone, iPad or the iPod. The iOS is a proprietary software which is secretly guarded by Apple and not free for anybody else to use.

The Android OS though belonging to Google is free for every other manufacturer etc., to use in their own products, make changes to it etc. The result is manufacturers do not pay for the OS but still have cutting-edge, superior OS to put on the China Tablets they manufacture. This is one of main reasons for the low prices of China tablets.

Second Advantage with Android OS Tablets- Affordable h/w, s/w and enriched features

Android OS can be built to be compatible with hardware components available in the market. Therefore, Chinese manufacturers are able to build their Android tablets around inexpensive hardware. Here again some of the makers use branded hardware, in which case, these become the high-value tablets but, yet, less expensive than the branded tablets.

Besides, the Android OS is fully enabled for the entire Google suite such as Gmail, Skype, Google Maps etc., thereby every tablet made using this OS will come pre-installed with the Google family. Advantage China tablets.

Third Advantage with selling Android OS Tablets-its legal

Therefore, it is not-illegal to buy and sell Android OS made Tablets as the inherent licensing of the software allows this. This is not the case with iOS and selling or buying outside of Apple stores could sometimes be a high-risk investment.

Android Tablets sourced from Chinese Suppliers gain as follows

Sellers can offer their discerning buyers two value systems of Tablets, one inexpensive average performing devices and the second variety, which are high value and display a performance that sometimes surpasses the branded Tablets such as Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy in the price department as well.