Although some analysts had predicted (and recommended) Samsung reducing its breadth of devices available to the consumer this year, it seems that Samsung still has some surprises up its sleeve.
The HTC Nexus 9 tablet has a very unique 4:3 ratio display, which makes it suitable for media and productivity based tasks. It seems like Samsung could take a cue from the Nexus 9 and use the same aspect ratio with its future tablets.
Samsung has announced a new cooking application for its Galaxy Tablets that will help home kitchen chefs learn new recipes. The application updates with a new recipe every two weeks and shows step-by-step instructions for preparing the dish, which is a slightly better experience than reading a cookbook and looking up specifics from YouTube on the fly.
The app is set to launch on the Play Store in the next few weeks for some of Samsung’s tablets. No word on exactly which tablets that includes (or if we’ll see it on phones) but we should know fairly soon.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite was the perfect tablet for the light connoisseur of technology, whether you’re a young child looking to play Angry Birds, or an older adult just looking to read. The price was pretty attractive too, currently at $140 with free shipping from Samsung’s website.
Regardless of the fact that Samsung has been filling tablet production lines and slashing prices of its tablets, the company will most likely not hit its shipment goal of 60 million tablets shipped in 2014. Although, the company has shipped 20 million devices in the first half of the year 16.6 percent higher on the year.
Things can get pretty ugly when two giants go toe-to-toe in court. And that is where Samsung and Apple are these days. The latest punch comes from Apple in the direction of Samsung. It turns out that Samsung did not actually sell 2 million Galaxy Tab units six weeks in 2011 as Strategy Analytics had originally reported. And with this report came the big news that Apple’s tablet market share had fallen. But now it all looks like that was untrue.
An internal report brought forward in court reveals that Samsung actually sold 1 million Galaxy Tab units for all of 2011. The same document highlights Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets outselling Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. And Apple dominated the market with 17.4 million iPads sold in 2011. Samsung misled just about everyone by reporting higher Galaxy Tab sales.
A few weeks ago, we saw a Samsung tablet with the model number SM-T330. Now we may know what tablet the model number belongs to along with two other brand new tablets. My Samsung Phones has spotted what looks to be the Galaxy Tab 4 series, made up of 7, 8, and 10.1-inch models. The specs for the Galaxy Tab Series is roughly the same across the board. Each has WiFi, 3G, and LTE variants. Impressively, all will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat.
The 7-inch variant will have 8GB of internal memory while the two larger ones will store 16GB; however, memory can be expanded thanks to a microSD card slot. Also, each will have a 1200×800 TFT LCD display. A quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz is joined by 1GB or 1.5GB of RAM (depending upon the model).
Hit the break to see the full spec sheet for each device.
Samsung has dominated the smartphone market, and there aren’t too many people left that would even try to dispute that. However, the one market that Samsung desperately wants but hasn’t managed to claim is the tablet market. Although tablet shipments have been rising very quickly and even outnumber Apple, no one manufacturer has been able to make a line of tablets that truly compete with the success of Apple’s iPad line. In a few months, though, that may change.
If you plan on grabbing a new phone from AT&T anytime soon (during the holiday season), then be aware that there is a pretty good deal you can score. With the purchase a of Samsung Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S 4 Active, Galaxy Note 3, or Galaxy Note II, you can pick up a Galaxy Tab 3 for free. All you have to do is buy one of the aforementioned phones via a two year contract or by using the Next upgrade program. And of course you will have to add the tablet to your plan for $10 per month. AT&T’s Eric Gofield says that “consumers who are trying to decide between a smartphone or a tablet don’t have to compromise.” Certainly a good deal if you intend on buying one of those devices. Hit the break for the full press release from AT&T.
The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled this week that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1′s design doesn’t infringe on design elements of the Apple iPad. This stalls Apple’s plans of trying to get the Galaxy Tab 10.1′s off the shelves in the Netherlands. Apple says that Samsung infringed on the registration of a 2004 “community design” of the iPad. A “community design” in the European Union is a form of intellectual property right that prevents businesses from copying the aesthetics of products.
The court dismissed the case, explaining that while Apple’s design patents were valid, there isn’t much of a case to be made against the Galaxy Tab since numerous other products have also implemented similar designs. The court also noted that the Galaxy Tab is different enough from the iPad to be unique in the eyes of an informed consumer. Samsung responded to the ruling with a zinger, stating “Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners.”
Source: PC World