It appears that Sony Mobile is looking to add a new Xperia tablet to the family, following a post on an Indonesian site showing a new tablet with a model number of SGP621. The model number suggests that the tablet will sport LTE and continue the line of Xperia Z tablets with the LTE Z2 and the Tablet Z sporting model numbers of SGP521 and SGP321 respectively.
Regardless of the fact that Samsung has been filling tablet production lines and slashing prices of its tablets, the company will most likely not hit its shipment goal of 60 million tablets shipped in 2014. Although, the company has shipped 20 million devices in the first half of the year 16.6 percent higher on the year.
AT&T’s pre-paid plan, GoPhone, will expand its offering to a bunch of new tablets. So if you’ve got one of the below tablets (or are planning on purchasing one) then you can buy data time on the GoPhone service monthly. Hit the break for the full list of compatible tablets.
Once you have the tablet you’ll also have to buy a GoPhone SIM Kit card for $9.99. Then you can pre-pay for your tablet’s data plan on AT&T. The plans are as follows:
1. 250MB for $15/month – 100MB of additional data costs $10 each
2. 3GB for $30/month – 500MB of additional data costs $10 each
3. 5GB for $50/month – 1GB of additional data costs $10 each
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), tablet sales have showed a significant decrease for this years Q1 sales as compared to 2013’s Q1 sales. We’ll use Apple and Samsung as examples considering they are by far the two largest tablet distributors in the world. During Q1 of this year Apple shipped 16.4 million units and Samsung had 11.2 million, which is a bit down for Apple compared last years Q1 as Apple had 19.5 million shipped and Samsung actually gained at 8.5 million.
Perhaps riding the coattails of success they experienced with the LG G Pad 8.3, two new tablets from LG have surfaced at the FCC suggesting a public release is not too far off. The devices are listed with model numbers LG V700 and LG V400. The V700 is shown in the filings with a landscape orientation, suggesting it may be a larger tablet possibly in the 10-inch range. The V400 on the other hand is shown with a portrait orientation which would be more consistent with a 7- or 8-inch size tablet.
Amazon has updated their tablet-specific app with a few useful new features. Users will now be able to access Amazon’s Fresh grocery delivery service through the app, which is awesome if you live in an area where that’s supported. Unfortunately, a vast majority of users won’t be affected by that addition, but Amazon has added enough other new features to make the update worthwhile.
You’ll now be able to pin items in search results to the bottom of the app, done by dragging and dropping an item in the search view, which makes comparison shopping extremely easy. Think something similar to YouTube’s pinned video functionality. There’s also a new pop-up filter in the search results, which makes narrowing down items much easier than it was before.
Lenovo has announced four new tablets that will be released during the second quarter of 2014. Employing a strategy similar to Samsung, Lenovo’s tablets will come in a variety of sizes ranging from 7-inch devices up to 10-inch devices. Although all of them will come equipped with quad-core processors, Lenovo is trying to make each version slightly different in an attempt to appeal to different consumer demographics. Lenovo VP and head of the mobile business unit, Shao Tao, says the new “tablet family is designed to meet the demands of today’s young, active users who are always on the go, and have lifestyle requirements that are as diverse as their own personalities.” The tablets include:
- A7-30, a 7-inch tablet packed with Dolby-enhanced dual-front speakers designed for music and multimedia enjoyment
- A7-50, another 7-inch tablet, but aimed more at readers with an HD display providing a sharper viewing experience, it will also come with 3G connectivity as an option, prices will start at £99.99 ($167 USD)
- A8-50, an 8-inch tablet with an HD display and Dolby audio, this model will come in a range of bold colors, though Lenovo has not specified what they will be, prices will start at £139.99 ($233 USD)
- A10-70, a 10.1-inch tablet with an HD display, especially suited for those who enjoy watching movies on their tablet, prices will start at £169.99 ($283 USD).
Lenovo says the devices will be available worldwide during the second quarter of 2014. Hit the break to read the press release from Lenovo.
Echoing earlier research, Gartner announced today that worldwide sales of tablets in 2013 totaled 195.4 million units with Android laying claim to 62% of the market. The big beneficiary of Android’s growth, driven by users snapping up smaller, lower-end devices, was Samsung who sold just over 37 million units. Meanwhile, Samsung’s biggest rival, Apple, saw their market share slide from almost 53% to only 36% despite selling 9 million more units compared to the prior year. The silver lining for Apple was that they continue to retain the title of largest tablet manufacturer. Although Samsung is closing the gap quickly, Apple still sold about twice as many tablets as Samsung.
Meanwhile, Asus, Amazon and Lenovo rounded out the top five manufacturers. Of those three, Lenovo saw unit sales increase by 198% to 6.5 million units. Microsoft managed to increase their tablet shipments from 1.2 million to 4 million units during 2013, continuing to hold 2.1% of the market.
The past month has been an up and down month for the relationship between Google and Samsung with much of the consternation being centered on Samsung’s new Magazine UX that was revealed during CES 2014. At the event, when Samsung announced several new tablet devices, they came loaded with a new interface dubbed Magazine by Samsung. The interface is quite a departure from the stock Android interface and appears much more closely aligned with a Windows Metro-style interface with hints of Flipboard present. Despite this issue, late in January the two giants in the Android space announced a 10-year patent licensing agreement amidst proclamations about the importance of collaboration and cooperation. Yesterday’s announcement of the U.S. release of the new Samsung tablets has once again stirred up the Magazine flap between the two companies.
New data released by Strategy Analytics today show the global tablet market continues to grow at a healthy pace with Samsung being one of the primary beneficiaries of that growth. Android continued to dominate claiming 62 percent of the market, although Apple’s iOS reversed a recent trend and managed to experience some growth as well during the last quarter of the year. Just during the fourth quarter, global tablet shipments hit 76.8 million units, an increase of 20 percent compared to the same period in 2012. For the entire year, shipments reached 227 million units, a year over year increase of 33 percent.