Amazon will show Apple what is Magical with a $249 high-end Android tablet

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We know that Amazon will be launching a tablet or tablets soon, and most analysts are predicting that they will have the best chance at putting a dent into Apple’s dominance with the iPad.

How do they plan on doing it? Well their name for starters, but lets be serious, if you want to come out with a splash then you severely undercut your competition with price. Creative Strategies analyst Tim Bajarin thinks the Amazon tablet will cost $300, but they will discount the price to $249 with the hopes of getting their money back with sales from the Amazon app store. It is expected that they could recoup the loss from each tablet within 6 months and make a profit of 10 to 30 percent per tablet over the next 18 months.

Not only would this effect Apple, but it would also affect all Android manufacturers. Pricing like this make sense because I am still asking myself why anyone needs to pay $400 to $600 for a tablet that gives you nothing more than a smartphone except for screen size.

I have already predicted that Android will own the tablet market share by March 2012. If Amazon decides to go with this lower price, it may happen by the end of 2011.

Are you guys ready to jump on board with Amazon if they come in at $249?

[via eweek]

Apple Patents The Rectangle: Still Don’t Believe Apple Is Patent Trolling?

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Alright, raise your hand if you were surprised when Apple sued Motorola for their XOOM tablet. No one? You know why no one is surprised? This is becoming a common Apple product. Apple doesn’t seem content with suing Samsung, their (more than likely) biggest tablet competitor. Now that they’ve won that battle, they’ve moved onto Motorola for their XOOM. It’s like I called Apple’s success against Samsung being used as a precedent in other cases. Oh wait, I did. We just reported that Apple has filed a complaint against Motorola in Europe for its XOOM tablet. You know what this means? Apple is officially a patent troll.

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Apple’s Success On The Verge Of A Decline? Digital Chocolate’s Trip Hawkins Thinks So

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It’s no surprise that Apple has changed the game from the beginning and brought us true innovation since the launch of the original iPhone.  For anyone to deny that the Apple iPhone is anything less than “good” is seriously in denial.  The success and popularity of the device along with the iPad was simply unprecedented.  That being said, founder of Digital Chocolate, Trip Hawkins, compares Apple to the Roman Empire in that as successful and dominant as it was, it was still bound to fall.  As far as I can tell, however, I don’t see any industry proof or evidence as to why there would be a decline in the works for Apple.  Hawkins seems to draw his conclusions simply on the analogy alone as he states the following:   » Read the rest

More evidence that Android tablets will dominate Apple’s iPad

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The iPad has enjoyed market share domination since its inception, but it is only a matter of time until Android tablets takeover. The question is when? I have gone on record as saying it will happen by March of 2012, and recent reports (one and two) show that Android already owns at least 30% of the market through the 1st quarter of 2011.

Now Informa Telecoms & Media is predicting that Android will take a little longer by closing the gap in 2015, and eventually taking the lead in 2016. Informa Telecoms & Media is the leading provider of business intelligence and strategic services to the global telecoms and media markets.

They are projecting the market to grow to over 230 million in 2015 with Android selling around 87 million and Apple selling around 90 million.

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Samsung Smart Cover knock-offs come and go faster than the speed of light

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Considering the legal battles between Samsung and Apple, it was surprising to see Samsung selling an exact copy of Apple’s Smart Cover dubbed the Smart Case. It was made by Korean company, Anymode, which has a “strong affiliation” with Samsung, and was supposedly available in Samsung shops in Korea and on the Anymode website.

Samsung has already pulled the product and made the following statement:

As a general practice, Samsung Electronics reviews and approves all accessories produced by partners before they are given the “Designed for Samsung Mobile” mark.

In this case, approval was not given to Anymode for the accessory to feature this official designation.  We are working with Anymode to address this oversight and the product has already been removed from the Anymode sales website.  The product has not been sold.

I doubt Samsung should continue their “strong affilation” with Anymode moving forward. Something tells me that this is definitely something Anymode “cooked up.” Lets face it, Samsung would not be that stupid to release the product, only to then realize that it is a complete knock off, and pull it.

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Android and iPhone favored for U.S. Army combat missions

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The U.S. Army completed a program that tested the viability of smartphones and tablets in combat. The test was started on June 6th, and included over 300 Android, iPhone, and Windows units. They also checked out the iPad and tablets from Dell and Hewlett-Packard.

“IPhone and Android have been very well received,” said Ed Mazzanti, the Army director who has shepherded the mobile-device program.

It is expect that they will utilize two mobile operating systems so they can minimize software development needs while still offering variety, which could defend against cyberattacks targeted at a specific type of software platform.

There are still some obstacles that need to be worked out. “Today, we don’t have the level of encryption that we would need to take (a phone) overseas and fully integrate it into our mission-command systems,” Mazzanti said. Still, “there could be some limited deployments even this year, tied to tactical radios that supply the encryption that’s needed.”

No word on the final cut, but I will be surprised if the Motorola Titanium doesn’t make it.

[via cnn]

Amazon tablets launching in second half of 2011 – production limited

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The Amazon tablet that we have been hearing about should still be making its way to the public in the second half of 2011 (which starts tomorrow – lol). The previously rumored tablets should have an initial order of 1.5 to 2 million units at launch according to a report by Digitimes, who also reports that their sources suggest the first launch in September. Touchscreen manufacturers fighting for the job to help build these include Wintek, HannStar Display and J Touch all based out of Taiwan.

There lies a wall ahead for the Amazon tablets however, which is meeting the demand of their initial order from manufacturers, as it appears most tablet manufacturing from hardware makers may be focused on Apple iPad 2 production (since they have 95% of the tablet market share). This could make the Amazon tablet launch a rocky road.

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Samsung sued again by Apple in South Korea for iPhone design copy

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Apple is at it again, with another lawsuit against Samsung for allegedly copying the iPhone’s design with some of their Galaxy S family of devices, this time the suit is made in South Korea. This comes after the heated stories a couple months back about Apple doing the same thing, and Samsung slapping them back with 10 patent infringements of their own.

Since April, Apple has been gathering more information and adding it to their claims that Samsung has copied more specifically, the 3rd gen iPhone in design with the Galaxy S, and added the Droid Charge, Infuse 4G, Nexus S 4G, Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy S II, and a fistful of other devices. This likely won’t amount to much, but you never know…Apple did just get awarded a touchscreen patent, so stranger things have happened.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Rocking Honeycomb (Video)

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Thanks to a tipster, the guys over at AC caught wind of a Vietnamese video of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 being displayed and compared to the iPad 2.  This is great considering Samsung has kept the revamped tab under lock and key for a while.  Well, they’ve finally released the reigns and loosened their ties, allowing us to get this bad boy in action.  The video shows the tab sporting Honeycomb (3.0) and we must say, it looks great. The redesigned device appears to be even slimmer than we thought and looks great in the hand.  So, enjoy the video folks, and sorry, but until Google works on a translation app for audio, the entire video is in Vietnamese.   For a more thorough look at the device’s features and capabilities, check out our old post where Samsung released a demo commercial of the device.  That post is based off of old hardware, however, the software is the same.  As always, leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

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Why are we tablet crazy? Do I really need one?

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Last year Apple launched the IPad, and it was more successful than anyone thought. This year will be the tablet explosion as Apple’s IPad 2, and plenty of Android versions, will be available. I think the ultimate thought is that tablets will eventually take over laptops, but since this has not happened, why should I invest in one?

It seems as though the tablet has become the new $500 “coffee table book.” Recently, AdMob did a survey on tablet use, and they found that 82% of tablet owners use it only at home. The tablet has become the new casual computer at home for doing some web surfing, reading the news, or playing some games. My laptop can do all of these things and a lot more.

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