LG jumping into Android tablet market

LG Electronics is following its larger South Korean rival Samsung into the Android tablet market, and said it plans to release the device in the fourth quarter.

LG did not provide any details about the tablet's specifications or whether it will pair the device with carrier partnerships. LG said the tablet will be part of a wave of 10 smart devices and smartphones the company plans to unleash before year-end.

The announcement comes amid a rash of tablet actions among the world's consumer electronics manufacturers in the wake of the success of Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad. Among those planning tablets are Samsung, which is expected to launch its "Galaxy Tab" no later than the third quarter of this year, as well as Acer and Hewlett-Packard. 

In other LG news, the company announced its two new Android phones--the Optimus One and Optimus Chic--will be running on Android 2.2.

For more:
- see this Dow Jones Newswires article (sub. req.)
- see this CNet article
- see this Engadget post

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