iPad 3 Could Help "Screw Up" Non-Apple Tablet PC Vendors Says Report

Google and Apple are making life for the rest of the tablet ecosystem very difficult according to a report by Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai from Digitimes, who quote "sources from notebook players" (ed : there are only a few major notebook players that also ship tablets, Acer, Lenovo, Asus, Toshiba, Sony, Samsung and MSI).

The report says that the PC brand vendors are "experiencing heavy pressure from the attack of both firms" referring to the new threat of a probable Google tablet to be launched by the end of April and the Apple iPad 3 which will be launched this afternoon.

The big-size tablet market is dominated by the iPad 2 with the iPad 3 likely to maintain Apple's hegemony. The 7-inch tablet market is witnessing the surge of the Amazon Kindle tablet while the cheap entry level market is the realm of cheap white-box vendors.

This means that other players are finding it extremely difficult to compete on pricing and/or features especially when it comes to differentiating themselves.

Apple is also said to launch a second iPad possibly a smaller one in October to crush the rising tide of Windows 8 tablets that will launch in the second half of the year and is likely to be championed by the same companies currently selling Android tablets.

ITProPortal.com has a live blog of the event from London, covering the pre-iPad 3 buzz happening in the hours prior to the launch, rumours and the launch itself later today. We suggest that you follow and bookmark this real-time live blog thread.