Best Buy planning to increase staff August 17 and 22 but details are scarce

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Best buy is planning for increased traffic on August 17th and August 22nd – a request that includes that Mobile managers and leads to be scheduled wherever possible. The only indication of how much of an increase is a statement that says to expect “weekend-like traffic and activity levels”. Outside of the two days mentioned and the expected traffic levels, not much else is known at this time.

Could it be a new phone? There are several highly anticipated devices on the horizon but the information available on them at the time would seem to rule them out for the dates mentioned:

iPhone 5 – Way too early.

Galaxy S II – This looks like it is going to be announced by Samsung on August 29th in New York.

Any phone by Verizon: Verizon has a very long trend of releasing new phones on a Thursday. The 17th is a Wednesday and the 22nd is Monday.

Motorola Bionic – Very Doubtful – still looking like a September time frame for release.

It’s fun to play the guessing game but in the end thats all we have – only a guess. The only thing we know for sure is that with this being only a few days away, we won’t have to wait long to find out what Best Buy has planned for the extra people showing up for work on the 17th and 22nd.

Update: Its has been mentioned that a number of Best Buy folks are under the impression that this will just be one of their uper-cheap deal days.

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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?

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Motorola confirms the Bionic for September, 1 more LTE phone, and 2 LTE tablets for 2011

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Yesterday, Motorola had their quarterly earnings call, and CEO Sanjay Jha confirmed that the Droid Bionic would be coming in September. There was so much back and forth this week, but earlier in the week, we declared that September would be the time frame. Other sites attempted to uncover things that still pointed to the original rumor of August 4th, but none of it made sense.

So what else did Sanjay have to say? It looks like there are plans for 1 more LTE phone, 2 LTE tablets, and some enhancements to the Webtop interface, all in 2011. Earlier today we showed you what might be the Atrix 2, and recently we showed you another rumored device codenamed the Dinara. I am thinking the rumored Atrix 2 might be the other device he is referring too. I don’t think there will be another Moto LTE phone for Verizon Wireless in 2011.

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Major update coming to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on August 3rd

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Samsung will be releasing their new TouchWiz for tablets next week Wednesday, August 3rd, and they must be proud of it because they are going to host an event in New York City. They will do a full demonstration and actually sideload the update on to your Tab.

The general public will be able to join in on the festivities from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. Keep in mind that if you choose this method, the update will wipe your data. If you can’t make it to event, don’t worry, because the over-the-air update (OTA) will happen shortly after. The good news is that the OTA update will not wipe your data.

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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ZTE Tablet and Huawei M650 might be headed to Sprint

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The above leaked spreadsheet shows estimated launch dates for upcoming devices on Sprint. The Samsung Conquer, which was originally going to launch yesterday, has been pushed to August 21. The August time frame was confirmed from a Sam’s Club leak as well.

If you look further down the list, you will see a phone called the Sprint M650 Handset Kit for October 30. This looks to be the Huawei M650 which recently passed WiFi certification on June 28.

The other surprise is the ZTE V55 tablet which is scheduled for the 1st quarter 2012. We do not know anything about this device, but we are assuming it will have 3G/4G support. In the past ZTE has been exclusive to Chinese carriers, but has been slowly creeping into the US Market.

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Netflix update will work on Honeycomb tablets

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Earlier today when Netflix updated their Android app to 1.3, we wondered why tablets were not supported other than the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 which is not even out yet.

If you install the Netflix stock apk on your tablet, it will work just fine. We have confirmation of it working on the ASUS Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Motorola XOOM. You can take the apk from your phone or you can download it from here, and install it like any other apk. There is no hacking involved.

Update: The Transformer seems to be an issue. We heard from some Transformer owners that it worked, but most are saying it isn’t. Sorry for the confusion.

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Lenovo Releases Three 10.1-inch Tablets With Netflix On Board

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Three new tablets sporting 10.1-inch touch displays have been announced by Lenovo Inc. revealing extremely promising specs.  We’ve seen several images of the IdeaPad and ThinkPad earlier today and it looks like Lenovo is holding nothing back in trying to gain ground in this frenzy of a tablet market.  We think they’re off to a good start.  We’ve summarized the specs below on all three tablets for your convenience.  One other unexpected feature we’ll be drooling over is Netflix.  Yep, that’s right.  These devices will come pre-loaded with a Netflix client on board in hopes to promote “movie night” more often thanks to HDMI out capabilities, allowing for viewing on the big screen if available.
IdeaPad K1 – For the consumer, the device comes loaded with Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), 1280 x 800 res display, HDMI out support, Nvidia’s Tegra 2 CPU and WiFi b/g/n connectivity.  And as we mentioned, it’s officially Netflix certified.
ThinkPad – For the business user, it’s sporting Gorilla Glass technology, Nvidia’s dual-core Tegra 2 CPU, Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), full size SD card slot and a USB port.  In addition, this model will come with an alternative accessory, a digitizer pen much like the Flyer’s Scribe.  16GB and 32GB models will be available around August 2nd with a price tag of $479 and $589 depending on which model you choose.
IdeaPad P1 – Availability set for July 20th for $499 with 3G radios on board and aim for an unknown US market.  This device however, will be running Windows 7 and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Intel CPU.  The device is slated for a fourth quarter release. We’ll see how well the device holds up against its Android counterparts.
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Official press photos of the Lenovo Thinkpad and IdeaPad appear

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Since we first learned about the Thinkpad and IdeaPad, we were begging for photos. It has been nearly 3 months, and finally Lenovo has released official press photos on their Picasa account.

The IdeaPad pictures reveal front and rear cameras, custom colors, a media dock, and a keyboard docking station. The ThinkPad will be marketed to enterprise and will have support for a stylus. Interesting to note is that it has four physical buttons.

Hit the links to see the pictures: IdeaPad or ThinkPad

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Sony releases 3rd Teaser video for upcoming S1 and S2 tablets [Video]

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We are at the midpoint of the year, and Sony looks to be the leading candidate for the “Teaser of the Year” award. In case you haven’t been following, they have already released two teaser videos for their upcoming S1/S2 tablets, and now we bring you the 3rd installment. We are hearing there is going to be 5 in total.

This video continue’s the same domino theme, but we do get a glimpse of the S1 playing the Green Hornet, and the dual-screened S2 displayed as an e-reader and playing the PSOne classic, Crash Bandicoot.

We can’t wait to get these bad boys in our hands, especially the S2. For now we will have to settle for these dreamy videos and some close up pics.

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[via techdigest]