Android users sure want to take a bite out of that Apple. According to more than 90,000 Black Friday receipts from Android and iOS users collected by InfoScout, about 40% of them were Android smartphone owners that bought an iPad. This means that about 36,000 Android users bought an iPad. This is an interesting figure because it shows that although Android is an excellent experience on a smartphone, those consumers aren’t feeling the same way about it on tablets. And with the launch of the new iPad Air, consumers are certainly going to be driven to buy something new with excellent specifications.
Google, on the other hand, has yet to announce their plans for a new Nexus 10 or even a Nexus 8. While some would say it is really up to OEMs to produce great tablets, I would argue that Google needs to shape the tablet experience into something fresh with their Nexus devices. The Nexus line is nowhere near as popular as Samsung’s Galaxy brand, but it certainly is evolving into something mainstream.
Source: InfoScout Blog
Via: Cult of Android
For those of you in the US that are itching to get your hands on the newest tablets from Archos; you’re in luck. The GamePad, 97 Titanium and 80 Titanium tablets are breaking US soil through various retailers. The tablets that made their debut at CES this year will be available through Adorama, Amazon, B&H Photo, Brandsmart, Beach Camera, Hastings, and J&R.
Both the 97 Titanium and 80 Titanium tablets will house a 1.6GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, dual cameras, 8GB of storage and both will run Android 4.1. The differences between the two are what display each will have and pricing. The 97 will run a 2048×1536 9.7-inch display where the 80 will come with an 8-inch 1024×768 display. They’ll both come in under $300 with the 97 coming in at $249 and the 80 at $169.
Amazon can stake its claim of being the undisputed leader in the Android tablet market share out here in the States. According to a nice report by research firm Localytics, out of all the Android tablets out there in the world, 59% the overall tablets worldwide are based in the U.S.— with an astounding 33% of those tablets being an original Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD, 10% being that of a Nook tablet and 9% being some sort of Samsung Galaxy Tab variant among other things. Even more astounding about this study is that outside of the U.S., Kindle Fire are essentially non-existent as 89% of Amazon’s tablet models are in the States, followed by a much smaller percentage of models being found in Great Britain and an even smaller percentage of Amazon tablet models out in other markets worldwide. This all points out to the fact that the Kindle Fire family of tablets are having a major impact on the overall number of tablets worldwide… even if they’re found mostly in 2 specific markets.
The findings of this study paints an even bigger picture for apps developers and subsequently— owners of an Amazon tablet. What the study implies is that app developers should begin developing apps not only for the Play Store, but also Amazon’s App Store as well as it gives yet another important distribution channel to the masses— resulting in much more exposure of a great brand, game or developer.
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Each year at CES we are always introduced to some cool new concepts that will make our lives easier and more productive. This year, Fulton Innovation (a company who is constantly pushing the envelope in the wireless charging field) is going to treat us to a demo of a new, and very useful idea: a tablet that doubles as a wireless charging mat. Battery life has always been an issue for smartphones, so the thought of being able to use your tablet to wirelessly charge your smartphone throughout the day is a pretty innovative idea (pun intended). Besides the altruistic tablet, Fulton Innovation will also show us a charging mat that can charge up to two devices at once, regardless of form factor (tablet or smartphone). It does this by scanning to find out how much voltage each device needs, and then charges each one accordingly, so you don’t over-juice your smartphone and under-juice your tablet. To see a video of the device in action, or to read the press release, jump past the break. To keep up with all our latest CES coverage, click here.
Everyone is trying to get in on the tablet phenomenon. The craze has everyone and their mom salivating after a slate of glass and plastic, so manufacturers are capitalizing on the demand. Today, Polaroid even released a tablet for your kids. The durable, 7-inch tablet seems to be nameless at this time, but boasts some decent specs: a 1gHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8 gigabytes of internal storage, an SD card slot for additional space, and of course wifi, so your kids can browse the web and download new content. Amazingly the device is running Android 4.0 but does not have access to the Google Play store, so that your kids can’t get their hands on the wrong content. In place of the Google Play store, Polaroid has created a kid-safe app store, and has even loaded the tablet up with some kid-friendly apps and books to get you started. All of this comes at a fairly low $150 price tag, so if you messed up with the Christmas gifts, you might be able to make it up to your kids with one of these. You can pick one up at the source link below.
Source: Polaroid Store
Yes, you read that correctly. The device dubbed, Ubislate 7ci, rocks a 7″ screen, runs on Ice Cream Sandwich, and one version is WiFi only while another is a data version. It’s manufactured by the Canadian company Datawind which dabbled in low-cost devices in the past but never really caught on in the U.S. due to its slow data speeds. The company saves costs by making its own LCD panels in Montreal and having the circuit boards manufactured in China.
Apparently they can sell it so cheap due to those efficiencies along with cutting a deal with the Indian government in mass quantities. The deal includes Datawind selling hundreds of millions of units to the Indian government for about $40 a piece. The Indian goverment then turns around and sells them to schools for $20 each. The government and schools are pumped about this new kind of learning since it’ll streamline lessons and create a learning consistency for all students, while providing a technology that wouldn’t normally be available.
source: Business Insider
Following a brief stint in the Play Store, Samsung and Google’s 32GB Nexus 10 sold out in record time, later superseded by the attenuated 16GB model. Well, after taking a trip to the Play Store, it seems as though Google has managed to roll out another batch of the 10-inch slates, as both variants are showing up with the option “add to cart.”
There’s no telling how long they’ll be available for, so if you’re interested it’d be wise to act fast. Are you planning on picking one up?
Source: Nexus 10 (32GB), Nexus 10 (16GB)
And just like that, Motorola devices are no longer listed for sale in Germany. Despite Motorola not being found to infringe on some Microsoft patents, Motorola has all but begun its exodus out of the German markets. As of this time, no Android smartphones or tablets are listed on Motorola’s website. There is the belief that Motorola may have pulled the devices in order to rework the software in order to avoid infringing on any patents, but then again— Motorola has a clearly stated the following:
“As we have previously stated Motorola Mobility is focusing on fewer mobile devices. As a result we have phased out some of our lower tier devices in Europe/Germany.”
A focus on selling fewer mobile devices huh? Considering the Motorola Android devices are wildly popular in Germany, we can only hope that
Google Motorola knows what it’s doing.
source: The Guardian UK
Last month, Archos announced their new Gen10 XS line of tablets which offer a sweet, built-in magnetic “Coverboard” that acts as a stand and also a protective case. Today, it looks like one of the Gen10 tablets, the 101 XS, is available for purchase online in Europe. As a little refresher, the 101 XS is the Gen10 XS lineup’s flagship model and comes with a 10.1″ (1280×800) display, a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4470 processor, 16GB of storage and a near-stock Ice Cream Sandwich experience. Nothing about those specs will blow you away, but Archos is hoping that the “Coverboard” feature will set it apart from other tablets out there. The 10″ 101 XS will run you £300. If you pick one up, give us your opinion of this one-of-a-kind tablet.
There is certainly no shortage of 7″ tablets these days, and now Toys “R” Us is getting in on the action with their own tablet, not surprisingly, with kids in mind. The 7″ tablet, dubbed the Tabeo, isn’t the first tablet the toy giant has sold, however it does differ slightly from others in that it was designed using the input from kids and parents alike on what they expected to find in a tablet. As expected, online security will be paramount boasting “robust and flexible” options while offering customizable levels of Internet access for each member of the family. The tablet features a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, an 800×480 TFT LCD display, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory, and WiFi connectivity. It’ll also come preloaded with 50 apps and games which aim to educate and entertain the little ones. The most notable feature will be the inclusion of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, however the interface will look different as compared to other tablets running Android 4.0 since they want to make it as kid-friendly as possible.
The Tabeo is available for pre-order now and will be available beginning October 21st for $149.99 exclusively at Toys “R” Us. What are your thoughts on kid-friendly tablets? Are you inclined to purchase a tablet specifically designed for kids, or do you lean more towards a proper tablet since the prices are very comparable now? Hit the break for the full press release.