As we get closer to the release of HTC’s first tablet in the United States, the HTC Flyer, the company’s European president spoke to attendees at the Reuters Global Technology Summit about the tablet market and Nokia’s recent partnership with Microsoft. Florian Seiche believes the tablet market is going to explode. Ever since the iPad proved there’s huge market potential for tablets, most mobile device manufacturers have been creating their own tablets. Seiche thinks the market boom is just getting started.
“In five years’ time, schools will have tablets probably instead of physical notebooks,” Seiche said. “I think that’s going to be such a massive wave of additional penetration in society… I think we can’t even guess the potential.”
The HTC Flyer released in Europe on May 9. Official sales numbers haven’t been released, but Seiche says HTC feels “very good” about what it has sold so far. Though the HTC Flyer ships with Android 2.3, HTC has confirmed that the tablet will be upgraded to Honeycomb at some point.
Seiche also said that Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft should prove to be beneficial for HTC. Nokia has influence all over the world. When it starts exclusively making phones with the Windows Phone operating system, Microsoft could see a big boost in Windows Phone adaptation. As the platform becomes more relevant, HTC devices running on the Windows Phone OS could stand to see more sales as well.