Galaxy Tab 10.1 inch ‘inadequate’ – Samsung reconsiders pricing model

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The tablet market is becoming a tough one, especially over these last couple of weeks, with the launch of the Motorola Xoom, the new Apple iPad 2, and the soon to launch LG G-Slate and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9. We’re only a couple of months into 2011, and already our heads are spinning as we spew tablet specs out our mouths.

In light of all the kickin hardware that’s been announced, particularly the iPad2, Samsung has decided to reconsider its pricing of the soon to be launched Galaxy Tab 10.1 inch, which was going to be priced more than when the 7inch Tab came out last year. That would be a mistake, if you remember, the 7inch Tab came out at $600 for most markets. OUCH! It’s been bumped down to $299 for most now, thankfully. That said, Samsung seeing what kind of competition is out there now will launch with some decent pricing and end up likely cutting their profit margins a bit, if not totally.

[via Engadget]

Android Market makes eBooks purchases available – music and movies too?

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Looks like the Android Market has made eBook purchases available on the Market today and you’re able to go ahead and buy from an impressive collection of eBooks, still a little shy on the library when compared to Amazon’s Kindle, or Kobo however.

That being said, it’s still a nice addition to the Android Market since they turned it into a web interface for apps streaming to your device(s). A couple of questions of course arise when you start to think of the materials online in the market when comparing to the content on Apple’s iTunes. When will we see music and movies hitting the Android Market? That answer seems to be stuck with the record companies right now for distribution rights, likely the same for movies. That is usually the biggest hurdle for any legitimate streaming/downloadable content web store.

Google is pretty good at sticking it out for the long haul though, and they clearly have the bank for it too, so that said, maybe we’ll see music and movies sooner than we think, seeing as the Android Market already has the URLs ready for it at “http://market.android.com/music/” and “http://market.android.com/movies/”.

All that’s missing is one interface that connects them all, something like a Google version of iTunes perhaps that can be connected across multiple devices such as laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones. Maybe that’s the connection between Chrome and Android down the road.

What do you think?

[via MobileAttack, Android Market]

Android will own 80% of smartphone market predicts Kaspersky Co-Founder

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In a statement made at MWC, Eugene Kaspersky (co-founder of Kaspersky Labs) said that he believes Android OS will consume 80% of teh smartphone market, leaving RIM and Apple to fight over the last 20% remaining, with Microsoft eating the crumbs off the table essentially. We know that Android has been hot and out-pacing many other mobile platforms in popular growth and activations as well, which may lend itself nicely to this type of prediction.

Eugene also said,”I believe that if Apple, BlackBerry, Microsoft don’t change their strategy very soon we will soon have the same mobile operating system landscape as we have with computers.” What he meant by that was the industry adoption of Windows PC’s, which left OS’s like Linux and Apple in the dust. Stephen Elop of Nokia mentioned that Android is a “black hole for innovation” for the wireless industry, but I’m sure he was just mad cause Google wouldn’t let Nokia mess with Android. I mean, why would you want to radically change something that is obviously out performing your own OS (symbian)?

Basically, it’s early to see if Eugene’s prediction come to light, but Android has definately been on pace to suggest those claims. Time will tell the tale.

[via intomobile]

Motorola Super Bowl Teaser Ad Released To Generate Buzz, Puts Apple’s iPad In The Crosshairs

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The Super Bowl never fails to somehow deliver some of the best commercials seen all year around with some companies even shelling out cheddar in the millions.  Well, this is certainly not going to be a disappointment for those caught up in the mobile industry.  Motorola has released a teaser trailer of an up and coming commercial that will be released during the Super Bowl, taking aim at Apple’s iPad.  For me, it had remnants of the release of the Motorola Droid all over again.

The teaser does nothing short of portraying the fact that “its time for more choices” eluding that the Apple iPad isn’t the only contender on the block, as the Xoom steps in and gives it a run for its money.  Seems clever enough to me.  Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments below and hit the break to check out the teaser.  We’re highly looking forward to checking out the full spot during the Super Bowl. » Read the rest

Motorola posts $80 million earnings for Q4 thanks to Android

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Motorola posted a solid fourth quarter with $80 million in earnings, thanks to a killer Android lineup of Motorola devices that reinvented the company as a smartphone juggernaut. Motorola shipped 4.9 million smartphones in the fourth quarter alone; this included devices like the Droid Pro, Droid 2, Defy and Bravo.

“The improvement in our financial results last year, including profitability in the fourth quarter, is indicative of the progress we have made in delivering innovative smartphones and improving the Mobile Devices business,” said Sanjay Jha, chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility.

Although Motorola will face stiff competition with the release of the iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless next month, the company has a lineup that certainly pleased CES goers this year, with devices like the Atrix 4G, Xoom, and Droid Bionic. With AT&T losing exclusivity with the iPhone 4, it’s plausible to assume that Motorola can consistently capitalize on Android devices on AT&T (especially with the dual-core Atrix 4G)

As always, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the Android world.

[via intomobile]

App developers growing more interested in Android, Google TV interest waning

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About 2,000 app developers were surveyed recently on their interest in developing for various devices; the results for Android were pretty solid.

According to the survey, 92% were interested in iPhone development, 87% in Android Phone development, 87% in iPad development, and 74% for Android Tablet development. Other competitors, such as Windows 7, garnered only 36% interest.

Developer interest is waning for Google TV, however. Developers are showing less interest in Google TV and Apple TV, which dropped from 44% and 40% interest all the way down to 33% and 30% interest, respectively.

This doesn’t mean that internet TV is bound to be a failure altogether, though. Google TV has plans to launch Android Market, which undoubtedly is the reason developers became interested in Android smartphones and tablets.

[via phandroid]

What would you use an Android Tablet for most?

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There are going to be so many tablets coming out in the next little while that we may start asking ourselves how important it is that we get one. They’ll all be in different shapes and sizes, options, specs, etc. Obviously, like choosing a computer before, the hardware you bought was likely the result of some self-analyzation on what you plan on using it for. Then came smartphones, same deal. What specs will be good enough for what you plan on doing with it. Is it for business or pleasure? Do you take alot or pictures or not? Video, video chat?

Yes, there are going to be as many options with tablets as there are with computers, laptops, and smartphones. In-Stat, a market researcher, did a report called US Consumers’ Attitudes and Behaviours Toward the Emerging Tablet Market, which they stated, “After close to a decade of negligible demand, the tablet market is finally gaining mass market appeal”.

Stephanie Ethier, senior Analyst at In-Stat also said;

Last year’s small crop of tablets was being touted as potential e-readers; a way to compete against the extremely popular Amazon Kindle line-up…But this next generation of tablets is clearly being marketed as consumer multimedia consumption devices positioned to compete squarely against the Apple iPad.

Tablets are predominantly being used for email, internet and multimedia currently, but we are also seeing the business sector look towards tablets for their solutions as well. Deloitte research firm did another report where they predict that 25% of all tablet sales will be by businesses for business activity.

55% of people surveyed who currently own tablets said they spend at least 9 hours a week using them for various things already discussed. So where do you stand? What would you use a tablet for? How long do you think you’d use it a week? maybe the real question here is this…What will having a tablet do for you that you can’t already do on your Android smartphone?

Android Tops iOS in Mobile Ad Impressions

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For the first time, Android is now the king of mobile Ad Impressions across smartphone use, and dominating the market with 46%, while rivals iOS sit at 32% and RIM at 16% as of the end of December 2010. While this was certainly expected given the huge increase in Android device activations, it’s also noteworthy that this includes tablet devices such as the iPad and iPod Touch, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and others.

Android ad requests grew 141% from Q3 to Q4 in 2010, where they have seen a total of 3130% increase since January 2010! Apple iOS ad requests grew 12% from Q3 to Q4 2010, increasing 14% for the entire 2010 year. RIM requests increased 280% from Q3 to Q4, no doubt from their BlackBerry Torch and Flip campaigns, while having a total growth of 224% for the whole 2010 year.

So what does this all mean? It means that Android is maintaining steady growth, while the competition increases slightly by comparison. In time, with transitions like that in metrics, it’s only a matter of time before Android OS dominates, just as we’re seeing now. Only other question left is how will the release of the Verizon iPhone4 impact these numbers? It won’t really. While they start activating iPhones, They’ll also be activating Android tablets and the next wave of 4G Android smartphones, thus flooding the market again with new devices and even more ad impressions.

We’ll see how this looks at the end of February. What are your thoughts? Will the Verizon iPhone make an impact? Will the Sprint event make a difference?

[via techcrunch]

Sprint Event Feb 7th – Android related

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Sprint is holding an invite-only event on February 7th 2011, and to our insight, some Android specific sites received an invite. That could only mean the event has something to do with Android devices in some way, shape, or form. Why exactly David Blaine is going to be there…we can only speculate for now. So I’ll speculate, Mr.Blaine is going to make any Apple iPhone news vanish from all internet sites as we gaze at his hands while he shows us the card we were thinking of… Bam!

[via Android Central]

Android Gingerbread running on hacked iPhone

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Are you tired of hearing about Android versus iPhone? All the forums and fanboys always bickering about which is the better smartphone, which has the best features, etc, etc, etc. I say, let there be peace. You can have both if you want. How? Install Android Gingerbread on an iPhone 3G, that’s how. In the video sen below, we have proof that someone hacked an iPhone3G and installed Android 2.3 on it. How cool is that?! I think it’s safe to say that the iPhones are always trendsetters when it comes to packing the new technology inside, so why not load the best software on it too.
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[via Gizmodo]