As the world patiently awaits the arrival of the ASUS PadFone 2, consumers living in their respective countries are itching to know when exactly the device will be launched in their home market. Well those of you living in the UK are officially in luck as Asus UK technical PR rep Adam King has confirmed the UK “will definitely be getting it early next year“. When “early next year” is exactly is anyone’s guess, but it’s nice to know that UK residents won’t have to wait too long for the mouthwatering new tablet.
Still, it’s good to know that prospective owners will at least have a rough idea of when they can grab the tablet. All that’s left now is to wait and see the exact pricing of each variation of the phone/tablet hybrid. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to see the exact pricing.
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And while we’re on the topic of Google Nexus tablets, there’s now more uncertainty about whether or not the Mountain View giant will or will not bring a $99 tablet. The not-so-credible DigiTimes highlights that Taiwanese supply-chain makers claims that consumers will indeed see a $99 version of the Nexus tablet sometime this quarter, despite certain folks who think the claim is full of crap. The problem with this claim: DigiTimes also reports that ASUS has come out and clearly stated that “it has no plans to launch US$99 Nexus”. So basically you have supply-chain makers saying it’s very much real and ASUS saying it’s not real.
Boy oh boy who to believe here. Personally– I’d hold my breath on a $99 Nexus tablet, unless you know— we see it on a wireless carrier or something.
All of the buzz last summer about the Google Nexus 7 brought a double-edged sword with it. On the plus side, it helped generate interest in tablet apps for the Android ecosystem. On the down side, it made apparent the softness of the tablet-optimized app market. In a post on the Android Developers Blog, Reto Meier, Android Developer Relations Tech Lead, reveals Google has taken notice and wants to help address the issue. In today’s blog posting, Meier announced the availability of a Tablet App Quality Checklist to help guide developers in building better tablet apps for Android devices.
According to Meier, developers who use the new checklist can expect to reap benefits like increased user engagement, better monetization of apps, and more downloads of apps by tablet owners. These benefits can be achieved by working on focus areas included in the checklist, like optimizing layouts for larger screens, taking advantage of the additional screen real estate, improving resources like icons that are used in tablet apps, and adjusting font sizes and touch targets for tablet screens, among others.
Despite, most major Android manufacturers losing users, Android continues to grow as a platform. comScore recently released its May through August market share numbers and it shows Android’s overall gain. The most recent data highlights the percent of Android smartphone users jumped from 50.9% in May to 52.6% in August, so its safe to say that Android is still the most popular mobile platform. Among Android manufacturers, Samsung is steady as 25.7%, LG is down to 18.2% from 19.1% and Motorola is down to 11.2%, a 0.8% change from May. It seems that the only manufacturer reporting any real gain is Apple, which not only boosted their hardware from 15% to 17.1%, but their software a whopping 2.4% from 31.9% to 34.3%.
While it appears that Android the platform continues to grow at a steady pace, Apple crossing the one-third share mark may indicate Android isn’t so safe after all. The one bright light shining through these hazy reports is actually HTC, who is extremely popular in the US. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has boosted themselves a subtle .2% to 6.3% total share. One major thing to keep in mind about these numbers is that they don’t account for September’s iPhone 5 release, so Apple’s current share may be even higher than their current status. If you’d like a closer look at the numbers just click through the source link.
It looks as if Judge Lucy Koh isn’t quite finished yet in regards to the Apple vs. Samsung saga. If you recall, we mentioned that Samsung confirmed its intentions to appeal notable items such as the injunctions of its tablets— and it now appears that it has gotten its wish thanks to the U.S. courts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently granted Samsung’s request to have the injunction of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 remanded in order for the trial court to re-consider Samsung’s motion to terminate the injunction. So what does all this mean? Well— while nothing is for sure, but this decision will allow Samsung to have additional time and present an effective argument highlighting why the injunction should be lifted since the jury did not find any type of tablet design patent infringement.
In essence, the Appeals Court is forcing Judge Koh to sit down for yet another day and hear why Samsung is right and Apple is wrong. Of course there’s a slim (or major) chance that Judge Koh probably won’t lift the injunction, but hey— anything can happen in this wacky world.
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Following the lead of the newly launched Kindle Fire HD tablets, Barnes & Noble has just announced two new additions to the Nook family: the 7-inch and 9-inch Nook HD+ tablets. The 7-inch Nook HD will be known as the world’s lightest and highest-resolution HD tablet, while the 9-inch Nook HD+ will be identified as the world’s lightest full HD tablet. The 7-inch Nook HD tablet will start at $199 and feature a 1.3GHz dual-core chip, 1GB of RAM, a 1440×900 243 ppi laminated display and will weigh only 11.1 ounces. The 9-inch Nook HD+ on the other hand will start at $269 and feature a zippy 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1920×1280 256 ppi laminated display and will come in at a mere 18.2 ounces in heft. The best thing is that the owners of either tablet will have the ability to access three million books, a large selection of magazines and apps with the newly launched NOOK Video and NOOK Catalog content.
Each tablet will be available for pre-order starting today in the States, while pre-orders will be available in the UK starting next month. You’ll find additional details once you jump past the break.
Reading news is something many do daily on their Android tablet. News360 has made that more enjoyable by releasing a dedicated app for Android tablets along with a revamped UI. Here’s what you can expect from the app:
- A beautiful interface that allows you to quickly scan headlines, preview stories and dive deep into the content
- More than 30,000 sources, from the top national news providers, to local and niche sites and blogs
- The Home feed – stories from the day’s headline news and your specific interests are merged together into a single stream, so that you don’t have to jump between sources and topics to avoid missing anything important
- A flexible and smart personalization system, so that you can tailor your news however you want, by choosing the topics, sources, companies and people you want to follow, and News360 will pick up on the nuances of your interests as you read
- Synchronize your interests and saved stories with News360 on your phone or at news360.com
- Local news using your GPS
- Tons of sharing and export options
What you can expect on the new version:
- An entirely redesigned interface provides a quicker, sleeker browsing experience
- A single integrated “Home” feed serves as a one-stop shop for discovering the news that’s most important to you
- Your News360 learns more about you as you use it, improving feeds as you read, share and like articles
If you’re interested in this app you can head on over to the QR code or download link for a free download after the break!
Looks like we won’t need to wait any longer for the new Kindle Fire since Amazon has “leaked” a teaser promo highlighting the newest addition to the Amazon family. Amazon subtly displays an obvious tablet, one with no sort of identification and no branding. Instead, Amazon highlights the potential a consumer can do on a simple tablet– reading shopping, viewing sports content, etc. The ad effectively highlights Amazon’s concern of making consumers’ lives just a little better.
Of course the teaser left many who saw it wanting much more. Fortunately we won’t need to wait too long as we’re just hours away from Amazon’s big announcement later today.
If you’re a Motorola Xoom WiFi owner out in the US, it looks like you have a minor update to look forward to. We just got word that a survey has just been sent to the various soak/beta testers indicating a minor update to the existing Jelly Bean OS is definitely on the way:
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Click this link — https://___________ — to take the enrollment survey if you wish to take part. Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to be included. The registration window could close without notice so please respond as quickly as possible.
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Thanks — please understand that start times are always fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don’t hear from us right away.
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Whatever the update may be, it looks like both MOTO and Google are looking to get it tested and rolled out ASAP. Keep it locked here with Talk Android and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on whatever it is this update may be.
Barnes & Noble announced today that it will be bringing its Nook products and digital content to the UK. The E-Ink based Nook Simple Touch and Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight will be the first two devices in the initial launch in the UK. That’s not all either– according to the UK Nook website, the Nook Tablet is coming soon as well. So this means those of you from the UK wanting a more powerful device should also know Barnes and Noble’s more advanced devices won’t be left out of the party. To compliment the devices, Barnes & Noble will provide “2.5 million titles” of its popular digital content that consists of books, children’s books, magazines, movies and apps. Barnes & Noble also confirmed the devices will launch in time for the holiday shopping season.
It seems apparent Barnes & Noble is trying to make a splash in the e-reader market outside the US, but they will face an uphill battle in the UK as the Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Apple’s vaunted iPad already leads the way. Only time will tell if this move will pay off.
Source: Barnes & Noble