Cisco working on Android tablet for the enterprise

Cisco Cius

Cisco announced Tuesday that they are adding their name to the long list of new tablets on the market. The new tablet, scheduled to be released in early 2011, will be called the Cisco Cius and will run Google's Android operating system. The Cius will be targeted at the business crowd rather than the average consumer like most other tablets in production.

Cisco says the tablet "delivers virtual desktop integration with anywhere, anytime access to the full range of Cisco collaboration and communication applications, including HD video." The Cius will feature a front mounted 720p HD camera, a seven inch screen, a rear mounted 5-megapixel camera, an accelerometer to rotate the screen to match your viewing preference, Bluetooth, USB, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and 3G cellular service with plans to add 4G service at a later date.

Along with the features and applications that Cisco has made available on the Cius you will also be able to access any of the available applications in the Android marketplace. Cisco will also release a set of device APIs and SDK so developers can make applications tailored to the device.

After the announcement InformationWeek did a phone interview with Tom Puorro, director of product management in Cisco's IP communications unit, who said "the iPad was not the primary driver for the creation of the Cius, though he did note that development was accelerated following the iPad's introduction. He said Cisco began working on the device about 18 months ago."

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They should call it the iPad to annoy Apple (Cisco owned the trademark iPhone way before Apple had it but lost it to Apple which I never understood why)

Exosphere said,
They should call it the iPad to annoy Apple (Cisco owned the trademark iPhone way before Apple had it but lost it to Apple which I never understood why)

And Cisco and Apple agreed to share the name. Doubt it would work the same with iPad. Most people had never heard the name iPhone until Apple started using it.

Singh400 said,
This could work you know. Hopefully they pull it off right.

For sure but im not too keen of cisco because i have never really seen a product like the one there showing to develop. The only cisco product i have is a router and it works very well. Yea I hope they do pull it off right.

Xypro said,

For sure but im not too keen of cisco because i have never really seen a product like the one there showing to develop. The only cisco product i have is a router and it works very well. Yea I hope they do pull it off right.
For where I work it could replace meetings papers, board papers, and just general bits of important papers that you have to take into the meeting. Of course another upside would be that you are constantly connected to your home user dir, and could grab anything important. Or pull up that crucial email mid-meeting.

Yeah we all have laptops, but not many people like to lug them around, and even less people have the know how how to hook up to the network.

Keeping an eye on this!

Singh400 said,
For where I work it could replace meetings papers, board papers, and just general bits of important papers that you have to take into the meeting. Of course another upside would be that you are constantly connected to your home user dir, and could grab anything important. Or pull up that crucial email mid-meeting.

Yeah we all have laptops, but not many people like to lug them around, and even less people have the know how how to hook up to the network.

Keeping an eye on this!


This could defiantly change the way a lot of people will work because we have moved from type writers to desktops to laptops and now tablets which are thinner,sleeker and easier to use and the size is perfect for briefcases and offices. It can be also used in high schools for special learning purposes and disabilities if a company would develop it. This is a big step for offices and the workplace, but a small step for cisco and android. This could also easily hit the consumer market and compete with the ipad easily and that i want to see and as you said we can stay connected easily with both our work and home networks and create our own cloud of computer with the tablet centered around it all.

I think the idea of Cisco taking the advantage of android will really show a new way of productivity to the office and a great device in itself, a great competitor to the ipad by the looks of it. Now with froyo on its way the android industry its looking really good for consumers and the enterprise market. Android is really opening new doors to the market and its shows its willing to compete.