Recently, MMI extended coverage to the industry rumor that consumer electronics juggernaut Sony was thinking about jumping head first into the tablet pool to challenge Apple and possibly claim a chunk of the iPad's market share. Illustrating that every now and then a rumor in the tech world can still manifest into reality, the Wall Street Journal today is reporting that Sony is giving the green light to a tablet product of its own.
Sony is developing a portable device that shares characteristics of netbook computers, e-book readers and hand-held game machines, according to people familiar with the matter.
While's Apple's arrogance is sometimes too overpowering for its own good, a Sony tablet could humble Cupertino a bit and foster greater competition in the tablet marketplace - a situation that ultimately bodes well for consumers, though not necessarily for Apple. Sony, which already has a positive relationship with other industry giants like Google, may soon find itself delivering an Android-based alternative to the iPad that could really shake things up in the tablet computer business.