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Cisco Debuts Android Tablet for the Enterprise

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) is diving headfirst into the tablet market with an Android device aimed at "business collaboration" applications.

The "Cius" is Cisco's first-ever tablet computer and the first product from the networking giant to use Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Android operating system. The company says that the 1.15-pound tablet will do HD video streaming, real-time video, email, and Web browsing. Cisco is also stressing that users can collaborate without being tied to the desktop, using the new device to produce and share work documents and files with others in the organization. (See Cisco Intros Business Tablet.)

The company has posted a video to introduce the device:

The device supports all flavors of WiFi and has "3G cellular" connectivity too. Cisco says that "4G" will be available at a later date.

The introduction of a tablet may seem like a radical move for Cisco, which isn't known for its mobile device expertise. The company, however, has worked with VoIP handsets using WiFi for years now. This tablet is building on the company's enterprise know-how and extending its video capabilities for mobile business users.

The Cisco Cius will be available commercially in the first quarter of 2011. There's no word on pricing yet.

Light Reading's West Coast editor, Craig Matsumoto gives his take on the new tablet here. — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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12/5/2012 | 4:31:09 PM
re: Cisco Debuts Android Tablet for the Enterprise

Well, I like my Flip Cam, but Cisco in the consumer tablet business, not really. This is more like CSCO using its B to B channel to sell its tablet to its existing customers, which is not a bad idea.  Cisco will not make the tablet available to the consumer.  Since existing customers already drink the Coolaid this may be a nice no brainer revenue opportunity.

I don't see CSCO becoming Google, or AAPL with this, just a very smart opportunist. 

Scott Raynovich
Scott Raynovich
12/5/2012 | 4:31:04 PM
re: Cisco Debuts Android Tablet for the Enterprise

Does the CisPad include an application that translates all your conversation into Chambers-speak in real-time?

"We're driving new levels of innovation and social communications deep into the enterprise to dramatically transform their traditional business models into Internet economy business models."

Implement this application immediately.. and get promoted within 3 months. Guaranteed!

12/5/2012 | 4:31:02 PM
re: Cisco Debuts Android Tablet for the Enterprise

ChambersSpeak Application

Good one!

Exactly what I was thinking...geez...when hear stuff like that you can only think...clueless!

A big "who really cares".

So Cisco goes and gets a Taiwan or Chinese built tablet with Android puts a Cisco laebl on it. Then maybe puts a few Cisco branded apps on it, webex maybe being the most interesting....or some lame Enterpirse VoIP app (what a boring area - I think I would shot myself in the head if I was working on Enterprise VoIP).

They really seem to be lost in wireless. Buy a WiMAX basestation company for a ridiculous price and shut it down. Re-badge a Femtocell and claim it as thier's. Lame sales. Develop some lame iPhone / BlackBerry apps for Enterprise VoIP - yawn. Rebadge a Tablet and hope the world says they are "cool".

They really need to get some people in there that have some new ideas. But it is so political that most people who want to "change the world" avoid them. Most there are just happy with a do nothing job with a decent paycheck. Which ok that is great for alot of people. But it does produce any smash product/service/business ideas.

They feel like "yesterday".

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