Apple Inc.'s popular iPad is getting its strongest competition thus far as consumer-electronics manufacturers unveil tablet computers with bigger screens, front-facing cameras for video chatting and more.
The iPad has been a smashing success since its April launch, leaving other companies to play catch-up in the suddenly hot market for the keyboardless, touch-screen devices. Rivals are making a bigger push at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, betting they can challenge Apple with such features as Android, the popular smart phone software Google Inc. developed to compete with the iPhone; high-definition touch screens and cameras for video chatting and taking photos.
The competition is going to be fierce. Display Search analyst Richard Semenza estimated that a hundred different tablet models are in development, though not all of them will reach store shelves.
Image: Ben Clark, 10, learns to play Silent Night on an iPad using the Magic Fiddle app, during a holiday youth workshop at the Apple Store
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