Tablets see 11.5% growth in third quarter of 2014, Samsung still top Android tablet manufacturer

tabletShareThe back to school shopping season gave tablets a pretty solid boost in the third quarter of the year helping manufacturers to ship 53.8 million tablets over those three months. Tablets still seem as if they have more room for growth than smartphones do in an overly saturated market, although smartphones are still an extremely valuable commodity.

Year-over-year, those 53 million tablets helped market share for the devices grow about 11.5% from last year. Compared to the second quarter of 2014, tablets also saw an 11.2% sequential growth. 
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Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola is finally complete

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9 months ago, Google shocked the world by announcing they had sold Motorola to Lenovo for just under $3 billion. As per all deals like this, it takes time to pass through all the regulatory approvals, and today the deal is final. We can now officially refer to Motorola as a Lenovo company.

The plan is still to keep Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary, and their headquarters will remain in Chicago. Whether all 2,800 employees out of that headquarters are safe remains to be seen though. And if you remember, Google retained Motorola’s deep collection of patents.


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Motorola’s VP of product management is leaving the company

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One of the faces of Motorola has been Punit Soni, the vice president of product management. Since Google took over the company, Soni has remained active in letting everyone know what great things Motorola has developed. He has been behind the company’s rebirth with the Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, and all of their unique software enhancements. Today, Punit Soni announced that he is leaving Motorola.


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Lenovo officially releases new Vibe smartphones

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At IFA 2014 today, Lenovo officially released two new smartphones from their Vibe line of devices. The Lenovo Vibe X2 and the Lenovo Vibe Z2 will be hitting store shelves in China, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe and the Middle East in October. The Vibe X2 will retail for $399 USD while the Vibe Z2 will retail for $429.

The Vibe X2 is “the world’s first layered smartphone” as we saw in some leaked photos. The device is powered by a MediaTek MT6595 octa-core processor running a 2.0 GHz, supports 4G LTE, and has a 5-inch screen running at 1920 x 1080 resolution. The Vibe X2 has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. Lenovo gave the device a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The unit is powered by a 2300mAh battery. Lenovo includes their custom VIBE UI 2.0 interface on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. Along with the device, Lenovo is also making a couple accessories available, including a battery and a speaker, that can be attached via a Vibe Xtension. The Vibe Xtension effectively creates a fourth layer for the device. The Vibe X2 will be available in white, red, gold and dark grey.
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Lenovo TAB S8 announced; $199 price tag

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Lenovo’s latest tablet is a bottom-shelf priced tablet with near top-shelf specs: The TAB S8. The greatness starts with the display. At 8 inches and 1920×1200, the screen is sharper than FHD. The bezels are miniscule, causing the screen to almost run from edge to edge of the device. The front panel also features Dolby-enhanced dual front speakers and a 1.6 MP HD camera. On the back, there is a respectable 8 MP camera.
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Lenovo takes a dig at Apple, possibly hints at Android L with September 4 invite

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Lenovo, like everyone else, is hosting an event next month to introduce the Vibe X2. Invites have been sent out for an event on September 4 during IFA 2014. There is a comedic part and an interesting part to Lenovo’s invite. The comedic part has to do with Apple and its September 9 event and the interesting part involves Android L.

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Lenovo handset, likely the Vibe X2, receives WiFi certification

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On Friday, an unspecified Lenovo smartphone received certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance. Its model number is “Lenovo X2-EU,” so it is extremely likely we are looking at the company’s upcoming Vibe X2. Leaked images of what is allegedly the Lenovo Vibe X2 surfaced recently.

From the certification documents, we do know that it is running Android 4.4.2 which is nearly the latest version of the operating system. By the time it launches, it could have the latest version or Lenovo will just issue a software update right out of the box.

Source: Wi-Fi Alliance [PDF Download Link]