As we see more and more 8-inch or under tablets produced for all sorts of demographics, the overall demand for those tablets will grow in the coming years. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the 2013 forecast for the worldwide tablet market has increased to 190.9 million units, which is up from its previous 172.4 million units. In fact, research analyst Jitesh Ubrani believes that “one in every two tablets shipped this quarter was below 8 inches in screen size. And in terms of shipments, we expect smaller tablets to continue growing in 2013 and beyond” .
Naturally Android manufacturers were quick to realize the unique niche market and are currently leading the way in terms of overall market share compared to competitors. The IDC believes that Android-based tablets will reach a peak market share of 48.8% for 2013, followed by Apple at 46% and Windows RT-based tablets after that. Of course as the years go by, both Android and Apple-based tablets will see their market shares drop slightly to 46% and 43.5% in 2017, respectively; while Windows-based tablets are expected to grow to 7.4% in 2017 which is significant and all– but probably not going to worry too many people very much.
Those of you with a U.S. zip code will be able to buy the HTC One Developer Edition around the same time the standard HTC One is released in the U.S. The Developer Edition features an unlocked SIM and bootloader right out of the box, but everything else is the same. As far as radio frequencies, you get HSPA/WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, and LTE: 700/850/AWS/1900 MHz (US). Unfortunately you won’t be able to grab this one on contract as it will run you $649 and quantities will be limited.
Is Google starting to truly exert its influence into upcoming Motorola devices? It sure appears to be the case as a new mystery phone has surfaced for our viewing pleasure. With specs that clearly identify it as a potential high-end phone, the mysterious XT912A features some goodies including a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2 gigs of RAM and a solid 2,200mAh battery. Seeing that this device looks like it has a lightly-customized build of Android, it’s no surprise that most folks are expecting the XT912A smartphone to be the rumored “X” phone that we’ve been hearing about more and more lately— but you may want to calm your expectations down a bit, and for good reason. The XT912A seen above seems to feature what is a 4.7-inch 720p display, while the “X” phone is expected to have anything from a 4.7-inch screen to a 5-inch display, but with a full 1080p display.
Regardless of if this is truly the rumored “X” phone or not, it appears that Google is certainly intent on making some noise in the smartphone wars— and for good reason too.
Google X Labs is where products are rigorously tested and often kept shrouded in mystery. Examples of innovations that have come from X Labs is Project Glass and self driving cars. This week at SXSW, X Labs division head, Astro Teller, spoke of an upcoming “moonshot” product to be released in a few weeks.
One of the many interesting rumors surrounding Google’s X Labs is the notion that Google had been working on a “space elevator”. Teller quickly debunked this rumor during a Q & A session stating that the idea had become more of a mascot for the X Labs division and is the basis of the term “moonshot” project. Teller said that there would be one of these “moonshot” projects released later this year, giving little detail about the project except that control systems would be the focus.
Teller says upon approving the project, Larry Page instructed the team to move at a pace such that five prototypes would break. With such a rapid working pace, it’s hard to tell exactly what Google is working on. All we know is that whatever the case may be, Google is planning to deliver yet another innovation to the world.
Source: The Next Web
The latest Google Play Developer Console is out of beta, and is now the default version. The new console brings with it:
- Improvements to the publishing flow: Making it more streamlined and easier to use.
- Adds more languages to the store listings with new language-specific graphics: Ensures users around the world understand what your app is about.
- New graphs: Let you track your ratings over time. You can even break them down by device, country, app version, and more.
- Enhanced statistics page: Shows when you released each version of your app so you can see how each new version changes your installations and ratings. You can also view crash information specific to an application version.
UK HTC fans are disappointed by the most recent announcement that the HTC One, scheduled to launch on March 15th, is not coming. According to one retailer on Clove Technology’s Blog, they have it first-hand from HTC UK that the HTC One won’t be released until March 29th. That’s a two week delay for those that are counting.
It is important to keep in mind that this report comes from one lone retailer and may not hold true for all retailers. So, fingers crossed…. HTC can’t really afford to let their small following down at this point, especially with the big three breathing down their necks. HTC reached a 3 year low this year, shipping only $26.9 Billion of their projected $50-60 Billion worth of smartphones in the first two weeks of Q1.
Whether you are an avid or casual Android Gamer, Humble Bundle with Android 5 has just the thing for you. As previously reported on March 05, Humble Bundle is a highly popular, fairly new power player on the Android gaming scene. Though the Humble Bundle 5 package has only been on the market for a few days now, they have already managed to raise over $1 Million in donations. In celebration of their success, the video game gurus over at Humble Bundle have just announced the release of an additional 3 awesome game titles to their already impressive lineup.
With only a couple days left before Samsung reveals the Samsung Galaxy S IV, a new detail has been confirmed regarding the hardware. Imagination Technologies revealed today that the Exynos 5410 “Octa” chip incorporates the PowerVR SGX 544 core IP. We still don’t know how many cores are being used or at what speed, though sources suggest three cores running at 533MHz will be present. The use of the PowerVR IP is a change for Exynos chips which have used ARM’s Mali GPU for the last couple years.
With the Samsung Galaxy S IV being announced in just a couple days, that’s not all Samsung will be talking about. The Galaxy S III is said to get a refresh and will feature a better display, wireless charging, and 2,400 mAh battery. This news comes from Russian journalist Eldar Murtazin who more recently was reliable with providing the day Samsung would unveil the Galaxy S IV. As far as a better screen, there are no details on what resolution and the bigger battery is just 300 mAh more than what’s in the current Galaxy S III.
Source: Eldar Murtazin’s Twitter
I have had my fair share of tablets over the years in both the 7-inch and 10-inch varieties. With each tablet purchase, I discovered that I had a growing list apps of that I couldn’t live without. Over the years that number has increased, and while I could go through each app and its purpose, I narrowed the list down to the ten apps I use almost daily. At the touch of a fingertip they provide access to my friends, social networks, work, and news. Hit the break to see what they are.
Nuance has released an update of its Dragon Mobile Assistant app which brings new features such as location sharing and hands-free texting. Utilizing your phone’s GPS, users can let friends know where they’re at and set how long they want to share their location. Texting is now safer thanks to reading incoming messages out loud, and allowing users to easily send new text messages by voice. Another new feature connects with your calendar and will notify you before you have a scheduled call which it can then dial the number directly.
We’ve been keeping up with two budget-level Xperia devices lately; the dual-core, 4.6 inch Xperia SP and the 4.3 inch, 8 megapixel-toting Xperia L. Supposedly, the launch dates for both devices were scheduled for March, but we’re halfway through the month with no word from Sony about either device.
Well, it turns out Sony Mobile Russia is holding a press event on March 18th. There’s no official word about what’s being announced at the event, but we can put two and two together, especially with the rumor mill churning around both of those devices lately. Keep an eye out for any details on the 18th, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated when anything gets announced.
Source: Xperia Blog
AMOLED displays have been a favorite of Samsung’s for several years and according to industry insiders, could be replaced by an LCD screen in the upcoming Galaxy Note III. Company officials have been hearing through the grapevine that Sharp’s latest LCDs are the best to date. This news comes less than one week after Samsung purchased a 3 percent stake in Sharp. Switching to a Sharp LCD will supposedly improve the experience of using S Pen which is one of the Galaxy Note’s biggest features. Whether that claim is true or not has yet to be made official by either company.
Google put everyone with less than perfect vision at ease today by announcing Glass will work with prescription lenses. Google posted a picture of Glass team member Greg Priest-Dorman sporting such a pair. This news is not exactly a surprise as a prescription lens equipped set was spotted in NYC earlier this year but it’s nice to hear something official.
Google said Glass will support both prescription lenses and frames. For the mega-stylish among you this likely means designer frames will also be a go. Unfortunately the initial “Explorer Edition” release version will not accept the alternate lenses and frames. If you wear glasses you’ll have to go with contacts or just wait. Google said the prescription version will be available later this year.
Source: Glass on Google+
doubleTwist released a new version of their Android app today that adds a streaming music service named Magic Radio. The new v2.0.0 adds a personalized, streaming music service with access to over 13 million songs. According to doubleTwist, the doubleTwist Player app will examine your music library to create new, infinite playlists from the streaming service. Users can also create their own streaming playlist based on songs in their library or from scratch. Magic Radio is a $3.99 per month service that does not use ads so you can enjoy your music uninterrupted. However, in adding the new Magic Radio service to the app, it appears doubleTwist has removed the Internet Radio feature judging by reviews left in the Google Play Store. If that was an option you enjoyed and used, you may want to hold off on updating until we see whether doubleTwist has a change of heart and adds it back in.