For better or worse, Asus has every intention of riding the growing tablet wave, no matter what else you might have heard. And what we heard earlier this week was that Asus, along with Acer, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard, were likely to bow out of the tablet market now that Amazon and Barnes & Noble have both joined the fray. That prompted speculation that maybe Asus and others were giving up competing for Android and were going to wait for Windows 8, perhaps in a mad grab for enterprise dollars. Nope, that's wrong too.
"As usual, the rumors and reports from DigiTimes are incorrect," Asus spokesman Gary Key told CNet. "Asus is not exiting the Android tablet business."
To be fair, DigiTimes didn't say Asus and others were definitely departing the Android tablet market, only that sources from the upstream supply chain thinks that's what will gradually happen. That was enough to put Asus in a bad mood and snap at DigiTimes, a news and rumor site that's sometimes right and sometimes wrong.
According to CNet, a Dell spokesperson also confirmed that it too isn't exiting the tablet market. Acer, meanwhile, has yet to respond.