IDC reports worldwide tablet shipments for Q2 2011, Android market share declines

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International Data Corporation (IDC) just released worldwide data for tablet market share for the 2nd quarter 2011. In their last report overall tablet sales were lower than expected, but for the 2nd quarter, the performance was so strong, it has lead IDC to increase its outlook for the 2nd half of the year to 62.4 million units, up from the previous projection of 53.5 million units.

That is the good news. The bad news is that Android’s market share dropped to 26.8%, down from 34.0%. This is surprising to me as a lot of Android tablets were released in the 2nd quarter. During the 1st quarter of 2011, only the 3G version of the XOOM and the Galaxy Tab was available, and Android was able to grab a 34% market share. I doesn’t make sense. Either last quarter’s figures were wrong or this quarter’s is. RIM’s PlayBook grabbed 4.9%, and Apple rose to 68.3% from 65.7%.

Unfortunately IDC sees Android’s share continuing to drop to 23% and finishing the year at 25.9%.  I am not in the business of analyzing data, but I find it difficult that Android’s tablet share won’t improve dramatically with all the tablets that are currently available, not to mention the upcoming Amazon tablet.

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AT&T will offer LTE in 5 cities starting this Sunday

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Sundays are full of kickoffs around the NFL so why shouldn’t AT&T have a one of their own? It won’t be a pigskin, but we will take LTE. This Sunday, September 18th, will mark the first day that AT&T will offer LTE. According to CFO John Stephens, it will be offered in five cities which include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. For now, there isn’t an AT&T LTE capable phone, but Verizon Wireless launched their LTE under the same conditions. The HTC Jetstream tablet is the first device that is compatible along with some modems.

AT&T expects LTE to be in 15 markets by the end of the year, and we should see compatible phones by then. One of them could be the HTC Holiday. Are AT&T users excited to finally join the LTE era?

Pre-Orders Have Started At Best Buy For Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

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Samsung has been gearing up for their Galaxy Tab 8.9 and you can now pre-order both the 16GB ($469.99) and 32GB ($569.99) models over at Best Buy. Packed with Android 3.1, a dual-core 1GHz processor, and an 8.9-inch 1200×800 WXGA display this is sure to be a good choice if the 10-inch version isn’t for you. Best Buy’s estimated arrival date is listing 9/25 through 9/30, so hop over to the page via the source link to make one yours.

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ARCHOS G9 tablets will be available beginning September 20th

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It has been nearly 3 months since the ARCHOS G9 tablets were announced. We already had an idea of pricing, but now ARCHOS has officially announced that we will finally be able to get our hands on one starting September 20th.

The ARHCOS 80 is the first 8-inch Honeycomb 3.2 tablet to market with a dual-core processor priced under $300. It comes with a 1GHz ARM Cortex dual-core processor and 8GB of storage for $299. You will also have the option of stepping up to a 1.5GHz OMAP 4 dual-core CPU along with a 250GB HD for $369.

The ARCHOS 101 has a 10.1-inch screen and will only be offered with the 1.5GHz processor. The 250GB version will run you $469.

Starting September 20th, you will find the ARCHOS 80 G9 (8GB version) available online and select retailers including HH Gregg, Amazon, Newegg, Tiger Direct, Brandsmart and Electronic Express. The 1.5GHz dual core models will become available in October. For the full list of different models along with pricing, see the press release below.

It will be interesting to see how these tablets do. The 250GB storage capacity is very intriguing, but it will add extra weight. For those that want to store a lot of movies, it makes perfect sense.

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Hands On With The ASUS Eee Pad Slider, Coming At End Of Sept. Starting At $475 (video)

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Engadget has gotten some hands-on time with the Asus Eee Pad Slider at a NYC media event with tons of pictures and a video to share. They were assured the device would be hitting shelves in the U.S. before this month’s end and will be shipping with Android 3.2 on board. The 16BG model can be yours for $475 and the 32GB model for $575. Check out all the goods after the break.

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Sony to release PlayStation Suite SDK in November with new games in Spring 2012

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Yesterday at TGS 2011, Sony announced that they will finally release the PlayStation Suite SDK in November. They are also expecting new games and apps to be available for the PlayStation Suite in the spring. Right now the only certified devices are the PS Vita, Xperia PLAY, Tablet S, and the upcoming Tablet P.

The SDK can run programs developed in C# on virtual machine equipped on both PS certified devices and PS Vita. It will allow developers to create content on one SDK rather than having to create different SDK’s.

I think this could really take off if other manufacturers jump onboard. For now, it will probably move a little slow, but it is a step in the right direction.

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HTCDev unlock tool now supports the HTC Flyer

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As promised, HTC is keeping true to their word by adding more devices to their unlockable boot loader list over at HTCDev.com. Recently the HTC Flyer was the latest to join the list. If you are wanting to unlock your Flyer be sure to check its compatibility before you do. Currently only the WiFi and 3G models are supported. and they must have the latest updates. Keep checking the list if you’re an Evo View 4G owner because it’s likely that all renditions of the Flyer will soon be supported.

We have said it many times before but I will remind you again, unlock your bootloader at your own risk!  Although the process is endorsed by HTC, they have this to say about the process. “It is our responsibility to caution you that not all claims resulting or caused by or from the unlocking of the bootloader may be covered under warranty.” We know it is fun to install custom firmware but please be sure to have some form of Android software knowledge. Hit the source link below for the full low-down.

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GIT Media announces two new tablets – the PRO and the SURGE

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Brothers from a different mother.  That’s how GIT Media is describing their two new tablets – the PRO and the SURGE – with the reference being that the tablets are identical in every way except for the one thing that really matters, the processor.

The SURGE arrives with the latest Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor while the PRO boasts the new Samsung Dual Core Exynos 4210 processor (with Native triple play).  With both processors considered to be the best in the industry, GIT Media is focusing on what many customers really look for when choosing a brand – power, speed, and top end performance. 

Other features include a staggering 250GB Seagate internal HD (same size as the Archos G9), 1280X768 capacitive HD wide screen, 1GB RAM, Honeycomb 3.0, Wi-Fi (3G optional), USB support, HDMI output, GPS, and Bluetooth.

A  250GB HDD paired with either the Tegra or the Exynos will make for one serious tablet and I think GIT Media nailed it in understanding that performance – not flashy looks or slick commercials –  is what customers really look for when choosing a product or brand.

GIT will begin pre-selling these units immediately via their website and all pre-sale units will come with a complimentary gift choice of a leather case and wireless Bluetooth keyboard or an extended warranty (total 3 years), both valued at $100.  This is a limited time offer that ends 10-15-2011.

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Firefox nightlies for Android tablets now available

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A couple of weeks ago we showed you Firefox for tablets, but it wasn’t ready for primetime. We’re happy to report that nightly builds are now available, but please understand that nightlies means that it is far from finished. The good news is that with Mozilla’s open-development, these nightlies will eventually result in a finished product as users contribute in the process. So far we are hearing good things about it.

To get in on the testing hit the source link.

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Grab a Sony Tablet S and get a free 32-inch Bravia TV

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The Sony Tablet S launches this Friday, September 16th, and PC World and Currys will give away 100 32-inch Sony Bravia TVs to celebrate.

You need to be at the flagship Tottenham Court Road store Friday morning when doors open at 7:00am. The first 100 customers will walk away with the 32-inch TV for free with the purchase of one of the tablet S models. Pricing is £399.99 for the 16GB WiFi version, £499.99 for the 16GB 3G and WiFi version, and £499.99 for the 32GB WiFi version.

Good Luck!!

[via pocket-lint]