Cisco’s Cius Android tablet is about to be released – The in enterprises good known company has at least two models about to hit the streets… well, about to hit the business world, that is. The Cisco Cius tablet is focused on optimized for voice and video collaboration and will get access to custom enterprise apps. Unlike most tablets on the market Cisco does not aim at consumers for media consumption, entertainment, gaming and light productivity, the Cisco Cius is all about business. Cisco is also approaching the distribution of apps differently that for example Apple is with its iTunes App Store. Cisco is to creating an online service called AppHQ where companies can get custom apps optimized for their business. Enterprises are going to be able to setup custom-branded app “storefronts” for employees to download apps for the Cius.
In addition will be a 4G LTE Verizon model available. No release date yet. Although the info that the 4G model won’t be able to use it’s built in 4G modem leaked. Meaning you won’t be able to use the Cius as a 4G hotspot to connect other devices to give them 4G speed. Instead, business users wanting their share of LTE speeds will have to carry a separate mobile hotspot with them. We don’t know what to think of this constellation. Very sad that the Verizon’s 4G version won’t take advantage of the entire hardware built in. But chances are good some talented and motivated dev takes care of that problem quick than we think.
Although out box it means the 4G model is pretty much the same as any WiFi-enabled tablet. Because you could easily pair an wifi only iPad 2, BlackBerry PlayBook or ASUS Transformer etc. with a Verizon hotspot or even to a smartphone with hotspot feature to get 4G speeds on your tablet. It looks like most important for Verizon was just to announce the info that they’re also offering the tablet not just AT&T. We’ll see who comes with the better deal because neither prices from Verizon nor from AT&T are known by now. Although it should not much more than $700 to $750.
So it will not be another 7-inch tab to compare to Apple iPads or all the other Android tablets that are out today, but then again it’s focus is more business features like voice, video, collaboration and virtualization capabilities.