AT&T is making a bold and somewhat unexpected move in the tablet market. They are offering a $100 dollar discount on any tablet device when a buyer signs up for a 2-year agreement. This seems to be a bit of a change in direction for AT&T which had previously decided to no longer offer discounts for on-contract tablet devices.
Like all such subsidy deals, one does have to do their math and take some time to decide whether the discount is really worth the additional cost down the road. This particular deal may be attractive to someone already on AT&T who just needs to add an extra data plan and was going to pick up a tablet any way.
The sale appears to be good while supplies last, so don’t delay if this is something that interests you.
source: NBC News
In all the hubbub of Samsung’s smartphones getting the coveted Jelly Bean update, we seem to have forgotten that its other devices are expected to get Jelly Bean as well. So that’s why it’s our sincerest pleasure to report to you all that owners of the Galaxy Note 10.1 can now look forward to the initial rollout of Jelly Bean for their device. According to SamMobile, owners of the device in Germany have begun receiving the OTA notification of the update and is even posted online at samfirmware.com. The Jelly Bean update comes in at 300MB in size and brings the German G-Note 10.1 to the latest software build.
So now that the update is slowly, but sure rolling out, it’s only a matter of time before we see the update roll out to the rest of the markets worldwide, including those of us here in the States.
Do you remember back in September when IDC predicted Android tablets would not see any significant growth in the share of the market that they command? IDC probably hopes you have forgotten that in light of their report today showing some significant changes in the tablet market during the third quarter of 2012. Perhaps the most stunning change was the worldwide market share for Apple devices, which slipped from a commanding 65.5% of the market in the second quarter to 50.4% in the third quarter. IDC attributes some of this to consumers holding off on purchases amidst rumors of the iPad mini. A bounce back is expected during the fourth quarter, but may be hampered by the iPad mini’s relatively high purchase price.
It’s no secret that that new Samsung Chromebook is one sweet little toy, especially since it features that awesome Chrome OS. But don’t you get the idea that the awesome Chrome OS would be even more awesome on our tablets instead of Jelly Bean? Well that’s what a crafty indie developer Hexxeh believed and took it upon himself to create a fully functional port of Chrome OS onto his Nexus 7 tablet. Now while the port has its fair share of bugs and is incomplete at this time, you can clearly see in the video below that it does in fact work— and pretty well at that with the Nexus 7 and connected keyboard.
Naturally the port isn’t ready for anyone yet, but the fact that it’s in the wild makes way for big optimism for the cool OS appearing on not just Nexus 7 owners, but tablet owners everywhere. You can check out the video in its entirety below.
Apple got away with giving a half-assed apology before online and it has done the same in print publications. After the courts telling it to give its attempt at an apology another try online, Apple went ahead and created another version of its apology in the famed UK print publication The Guardian. As you can see above, Apple clearly outlines the facts that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab did not infringe on the iPad— though Apple doesn’t say sorry anywhere in its statement. Naturally we’re all expecting to see a real apology—- you know the one where you actually say sorry— to appear soon, very soon on Apple’s website, so the courts and/or Sammy shouldn’t be too disgruntled we suppose.
source: Gizmodo UK
Android devices typically never get the kind of manufacturer support that we all want, and that’s the case with the original Transformer. The TF101 and its close cousin, the TF101G (which includes radios for 3G connectivity) have gotten ports of multiple, fully functional Jelly Bean ROMs. Unfortunately for the TF101G, the 3G radios aren’t functional in the ROMs developed for the TF101, and so anyone using those newer ROMs lose 3G functionality. And of course it’s not fair to give users the choice between losing features they paid for or staying on older software.
XDA, like always, to the rescue. One dev has figured out a way to get those 3G radios working on the TF101G. It’s still only an experimental build of Cyanogenmod 10, and it’s appropriately labeled a WIP, but if you’re the owner of a Transformer and you’re really missing 3G functionality on Jelly Bean, this is a great breakthrough for you. The dev is also planning on releasing source later for anyone to help out.
So if you’re feeling adventurous today, give the build a shot. The dev is asking for feedback, since it is still an experimental build that may have some bugs. But sometimes that’s the fun part of flashing, isn’t it?
A set of images has emerged, revealing Google’s upcoming Nexus 10 tablet. The Samsung-built device is running Android 4.2 which still flies under the Jelly Bean moniker. Interestingly, the new software does bring some enhancements like a pull-down settings menu, though other significant features remain unknown.
As previous rumors suggested, the device sports a 10.1-inch Super AMOLED display (2560 x 1600 resolution), a 1.7GHz dual-core Exynos processor with a Mali-T604 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Also included is 16GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual stereo speakers.
We had previously heard several rumors of a Samsung-manufactured Nexus 10, which leads us to believe that this bad boy is all but official. It looks like we’ll have to wait until Monday for the full scoop, though.
According to the latest studies from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 25 million this year. The bigger news behind that? Apple’s tablet share fell from 64% in Q3 2011 to 57% now, leaving Android tablets room to take 41% of the market share. That’s the highest Android tablets have ever achieved.
Now, the tablet shipment growth was considered slow, only rising 47% from a year ago. (The year before, it grew by a whopping 289% in Q2) Some of the slow growth can likely be attributed to consumers waiting for the new tablets to be announced for the holiday season, like the iPad Mini and the upcoming Nexus 10. With many new Android tablets popping up every few months, and Google’s apparent support to build up a competitive tablet ecosystem, I fully expect that market share to continue to keep growing for the next few years.
What do you all think? Will Android’s tablet presence continue growing like the phone counterparts, or do you think the next generation of iPads and the Microsoft Surface will keep Android’s market share low? Leave your comments and let us know.
Source: Strategy Analytics
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.
source: Tech Radar