Tablets see 11.5% growth in third quarter of 2014, Samsung still top Android tablet manufacturer

tabletShareThe back to school shopping season gave tablets a pretty solid boost in the third quarter of the year helping manufacturers to ship 53.8 million tablets over those three months. Tablets still seem as if they have more room for growth than smartphones do in an overly saturated market, although smartphones are still an extremely valuable commodity.

Year-over-year, those 53 million tablets helped market share for the devices grow about 11.5% from last year. Compared to the second quarter of 2014, tablets also saw an 11.2% sequential growth. 
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LG announces 5.3-inch HD smartphone screen with incredibly small bezel

LG small bezel screenLG has always been proud of the small bezels on their devices, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to stop trying to shrink them even smaller. Today, the company has announced a full HD 5.3-inch smartphone display that has the world’s narrowest bezel on a screen that size. The bezel comes in at just 0.7 mm, and as you can see from the picture above, it’s ridiculously slim. For reference, LG mentions that a credit card typically has a width of about 0.8 mm.

LG is citing their “Neo Edge” technology as the reason why this slim bezel is possible. The display uses adhesive instead of double-sided tape to attach and seal the internal hardware to the backlight unit, which removes the need for a plastic guide panel. It’s some pretty sophisticated technology that LG is no doubt very proud of.
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Samsung Gear S coming to the U.S. next week, Sprint November 7 and T-Mobile November 9

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Samsung just announced that the Gear S will be available in the U.S. starting next week. What separates this smartwatch from others is the curved AMOLED display as well as its 3G cellular connectivity. You will be able to find it Best Buy, as well as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, And Verizon Wireless. Sprint and T-Mobile already reached out to let us know they will offer the device on November 7 and November 9 respectively.

Sprint will offer it for $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $16 ($384 excluding taxes). There is also a $10 monthly charge when adding it to the Sprint Family Share Pack. However, they will waive the fee if it’s added to any plan of 20 GB or more.


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Samsung planning smartphone overhaul after profits plunge in 3rd quarter, but is it too late?

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With the smartphone market shrinking, Samsung has been feeling the pinch. Profits for the 3rd quarter were the worst in three years (49% drop), and it can only continue to deteriorate unless drastic changes are made. Apple introduced iPhones with bigger displays, which was probably the biggest differentiating factor for the past couple of years. That, and the fact that cheaper phones were being launched in India and China, have made it difficult for the Korean tech giant.

During an earnings conference call, Samsung investor relations head Robert Yi said they were “not quick enough” to the changing market conditions. Now they seek more efficiency in their product portfolio, which can be translated to a lower number of handsets. Samsung has always offered more handsets than any company, but that needs to be changed immediately.


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Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola is finally complete

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9 months ago, Google shocked the world by announcing they had sold Motorola to Lenovo for just under $3 billion. As per all deals like this, it takes time to pass through all the regulatory approvals, and today the deal is final. We can now officially refer to Motorola as a Lenovo company.

The plan is still to keep Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary, and their headquarters will remain in Chicago. Whether all 2,800 employees out of that headquarters are safe remains to be seen though. And if you remember, Google retained Motorola’s deep collection of patents.


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Xiaomi takes 3rd place for world’s largest smartphone manufacturer

xiaomi-pageXiaomi has been aggressively selling phones since the company was founded just three years ago, and according to the latest shipment metrics, they’ve finally got something to show for it. The company moved about 19 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2014, which officially makes them the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. That puts it above other large companies like Lenovo and LG.
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Samsung website hints at Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet refresh for 2015

samsung_galaxy_note_101_2014_whiteLast year, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet alongside the Note 3. This time around, though, the Note 4 was unveiled next to a few other devices, but no new Note tablet showed up. Since Samsung has a larger 12-inch Note tablet and the relatively new Galaxy Tab S lineup, it seemed possible that the 2014 Galaxy Note 10.1 would be the last of its kind. According to some info on Samsung’s website, however, it looks like we may see another 10-inch Note tab sooner rather than later.
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HTC may abandon M* naming convention for flagship in 2015

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A new leak posted via Twitter user @upleaks claims HTC will abandon the M* naming system for flagship devices when their next iteration is released in 2015. After the HTC One M7 in 2013 and the HTC One M8 in 2014, it seemed likely HTC would go with the HTC One M9 for their next device. However, if this latest leak is accurate, the next flagship will use something else.

HTC recently released a new smartphone, the HTC Desire EYE, which abandoned a familiar naming scheme for Desire devices. They had previously used a numbering system, like HTC Desire 820 or HTC Desire 610. If HTC decides to abandon the M* convention, it would not be inconsistent with this latest marketing move.

Do you think HTC should stick with their current naming scheme or would a change be welcome? If you could suggest a name to HTC for their flagship line of devices, what would it be?

source: @upleaks