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The iPad vs Android tablets: The real reason why Android is losing

When it comes to smartphones, Android competes very well with the iPhone. In fact, I think it’s a much better experience, but when it comes to tablets, I hate to admit it, Android is losing. The problem has never been the hardware, it’s the availability of quality apps. Automatically the assumption is that fragmentation is the problem, but fragmentation is an issue with phones, and yet quality apps aren’t a major issue. so why hasn’t developer support transferred to tablets? Well lets first start with a little history.

Back in late 2009, Android phones seemed far behind the iPhone, but then things changed in a hurry. Even though Android’s first phone, the G1, was introduced in 2008, things didn’t get cooking until the DROID debuted on Verizon in late 2009. From that point forward the Android world really started to multiply by numbers even I couldn’t imagine. I remember when I bought my DROID, people would say there aren’t any apps available on Android to speak of. Things changed dramatically, and by the end of 2010, the iPhone didn’t have much of an advantage when it came to apps.

It doesn’t appear that Android tablets are enjoying the same kind of success. Although the Motorola XOOM, technically wasn’t the first Android tablet, it was what really started a wave of tablets with the OS about this time last year. One could argue that it’s only been one year, and look what happened to Android phones in its second year. The problem with that theory is that the success of Android phones was actually an advantage for tablets to get a better kick-start. Actually in terms of sales, Android isn’t doing so bad. According to the IDC, Android tablet market share for the 4th quarter of 2011 was 44.6%. That’s actually very good, but somehow things don’t seem that close.

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Apple Says Samsung Is Not Complying With Judge’s Orders

And the never ending war continues.  In recent news Apple is accusing Samsung of not following orders issued by a judge to turn over all necessary source code to be analyzed by the Cupertino based company.  According to Apple, Samsung had “only partially complied with” the court order which mandated that Sammy hand over the goods including 4G handsets and the Galaxy Tab 10.1.  Samsung had until December 31st to supply the code which they willingly offered by producing one version of code for each of the products accused of a patent violation, but withholding source code for other versions.  And with the new trial coming up in late August, Apple is claiming that there’s not enough time to seriously analyze any new source code that Samsung would provide so late in the game.  Apple states:

“At this point in the case, it is too late for Apple to make meaningful use of any late produced source code.”

Apple is now requesting that the court not allow Samsung to use any of the “undelivered” source code in their defense against Apple’s patent claims.  Apple is actually taking it one step further and requesting that Samsung’s undelivered code be “representative of all versions of that product.”  Stay tuned as we closely follow the two tech giants in their quest to dominate over the other.  So far, the two companies have filed 30 suits against one another on four different continents since last April.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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source: Bloomberg

CPU Wars: NVIDIA questions Apple’s claim on the A5X vs the Tegra 3

Whenever Apple announces a new product, immediately the infographic comparisons and/or questions about what Apple said come out. Yesterday, Apple announced the new iPad 3, and we already showed you comparisons against the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, but now NVIDIA is questioning Apple’s claim that their A5X processor is 4 times faster than the NVIDIA Tegra 3 in terms of graphics performance.

Ken Brown, a spokesman for NVIDIA thought it was “certainly flattering” that Apple called them out, but the lack of any data to backup their claim is “sketchy.” He went on to say, “We don’t have the benchmark information. We have to understand what the application was that was used. Was it one or a variety of applications? What drivers were used? There are so many issues to get into with benchmark.”

Since it’s highly unlikely Apple will provide any benchmarks, you can expect NVIDIA to prove or disprove Apple’s claims by purchasing the new iPad and conducting their own tests.

So what do you guys think? Is Apple right or are they playing their usual games?

source: zdnet

 

Dutch Court Denies Apple’s Appeal and Allows Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sales To Flourish

Man, I hate Apple.  Did I type that out loud?  Sorry about that folks, there’s just something about a company who sues everything with a heartbeat because they’ve produced a slate device in the shape of a rectangle, has a touch screen, a power button and allows you to swipe things.  It’s just downright getting annoying now.  Well, it’s nice to see that a court in Hague has stuck it to Apple as they denied their request to ban the tab 10.1 in the Netherlands.  The folks over at NU.nl have reported that late last year another Dutch court ruled similarly in which the Cupertino boys quickly appealed with the ridiculous notion that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab was too similar to the iPad 2.  Today, the Hague court quickly determined that Apple had no leg to stand on here and that the two devices exhibited plenty of differences to compete in the market together.  Stay tuned because as you know, the legal battle isn’t over.  This is but one patent dispute among many between the two industry giants.  However, today, Samsung gets to claim the small but righteous victory.  Any thoughts?  Feel free to plug away in the comments below.

[via NU.nl by Engadget]

 

Google Image Search Has New Enhancements For Tablets

Google has just announced some pretty cool features intended to make web searching on tablets greatly enhanced and interactive. For starters, they’ve added a new image carousel for viewing large image results within a few swipes. When users tap on an image result, it’ll expand in the carousel view and users can swipe through the search results. Also, to learn more about an image, a simple tap on the web page preview, title, description or URL will take users directly to the webpage as highlighted in the video below: 

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Try out the new Google search for images on your iPad or Android tablet today. It’s available in over 40 languages now. When you do try it out, be sure to let us know how it works out for you in the Comments section.

[via Google Mobile Blog]

Android Takes Hold of 27% Of The Tablet Market In Just One Year

Android is still producing explosive numbers and showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.  According to Business Wire, in the time span of just one year, when not even yet in the tablet category, Android has quickly gained ground to claim 27% of the tablet market.  That’s pretty impressive considering about this time one year ago the only contender around was the iPad.  If this isn’t a clear indication that Android is here to stay and the masses continue to demand the popular OS, I don’t know what is.  And with pre-orders in the vicinity of 50,000 per day for the Kindle Fire, that market share percentage is only bound to rise, and rise fast.  I can only assume that with all of the diversity and hardware choices that Android offers, this is what is appealing to most consumers.  Devices like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9 and 7.0 Plus are but just a glimpse of the many offerings and flavors of devices and manufactures available today.   What’s your take on it all?  Feel free to leave a comment or two below.

[via Business Wire]

Apple Wins Injunction, Galaxy Tab 10.1 Banned In Australia

In the ongoing Apple vs. Samsung war, it looks like Apple has put a nail in the coffin one more time, this time in Australia. A little over a week ago Apple rejected a proposal from Samsung to end this tablet battle. What’s even more crazy is right before the ruling was to go down to possibly ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, Samsung set up a temporary store two doors down from the Sydney Apple Store. Yesterday, the Federal Court granted Apple’s injunction to ban the Tab 10.1 in Australia until a trial is had to resolve the patient disputes between the two companies. Samsung has stated they would kill the release of the 10.1 if the injunction was granted as, without holiday sales, the tablet would be “dead” by the time it actually hit stores. The two players will be returning to court today to see if Samsung will be allowed to sell a modified version minus the technology that Apple sited in the complaint on two patents. Well, there you have it folks. I know this is getting old, but news is news. Take it as you will.

[via bloomberg]

Apple Says No Go To Offer From Samsung Regarding Tablet Dispute

I don’t know about you but I’m a little worn out in regards to the Apple vs Samsung saga.  However, we’re here to do a job and that is to report the news to our readers. So, without further ado, the latest on the forefront regarding the two handset giants coming to an agreement went south when Apple rejected an offer by Samsung to settle once and for all the dispute in regard to their alleged smartphone and tablet infringements.  The refusal could subsequently cause great harm in the race for Samsung to plant a viable seed to kick off sales of their Tab 10.1 in Australia if not settled by the holiday season.  Despite efforts on Samsung’s part, a lawyer for Apple explained to the Federal Court in Sydney that the offer proposed last week would simply not do and the company is still seeking for the court to rule on its behalf in that Samsung’s touch display technology is without a doubt infringing upon an Apple patent.  Steven Burley, a lawyer for Apple had this to say in response:

“[The proposed deal] is one we don’t accept and there is no surprise. The main reason we are here is to prevent the launch (of the Galaxy 10.1) and maintain the status quo,”

As stated earlier, it’s no wonder Samsung is hard pressed to settle matters as quickly as possible.  If Apple can halt or eliminate altogether the sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia they can squash any chance that Samsung had of catching up and cornering the market.  An official court ruling is expected to take place next week some time.

Samsung has expressed their concern by stating to the court that if a ruling cannot be secured within an estimate of about two weeks time a certain lost opportunity will occur in attempts to get the device out before Christmas and that the company might as well takes its time arguing over the matter directly into 2012.

Neil Young, a lawyer for Samsung reiterates:

“If we can’t get a decision out by mid-October, there is no urgency”

This battle has currently reached suit in nine different countries in over 20 cases all with the hopeful outcome that Samsung will be able to move forward with sales its popular Galaxy Tab 10.1.  It’s no wonder Apple isn’t letting this one go.  Samsung’s smartphone and tablet sales have grown exponentially and it’s expected that Samsung may pass Apple up in regards to units sold, making it the number one handset vendor in the US.  Stay tuned as the battle rages on in hopes that a settlement will come soon and/or those patiently waiting for a Samsung product to hit shelves this Christmas will be able to receive their stocking stuffer sooner than later.

[via Reuters]

Android powered Kindle Fire on track to top the iPad in first-month sales

Amazon’s Kindle Fire is attracting a ton of attention. Still six weeks from launch, the $199 Fire has racked up 250,000 pre-orders over the past few days. Basically they’re receiving about 2,000 pre-orders per hour. If that trend continues the Fire will incinerate the iPad’s record for first-month sales. The iPad sold a million units in it’s first month, whereas the Kindle is now projected to sell 1.5 million. While that is still a ways away from the iPad 2’s 2.5 million, the Fire is undoubtedly re-kindling the competition. If they succeed in pushing that many Kindle’s on their first run, who’s to say a Fire 2 won’t come along and reduce the iPad 2’s record to ashes. Some estimates even peg Amazon to push 15 million Fires by 2013. In any case, it’s shaping up to be the most successful Android Tablet to date.

So readers, did any of you contribute to the Kindle Fire’s wild success story, or are you just waiting to see it crash and burn?

[via androidpolice]