Google rolled out some minor changes to Google Play today in hopes they will have a big impact for tablet users looking for apps that have been designed to take advantage of the larger format available with a tablet device. First, they have changed the default view to put the “Designed for tablets” list at the top of the page when a user visits the store from their tablet device. The setting can be changed back to all apps or games if a user would prefer that look. Read more
Verizon has announced today their new prepaid plan called the Daily Plan. If you have a tablet or even a camera like the Samsung Galaxy Camera, the Daily Plan will allow you to get 300MB for the day for just $5. Verizon says that “the Daily Plan lasts 24 hours or until the most recent 300 MB is exhausted, whichever comes first. If a customer runs out of data, they can purchase another 300 MB for an additional $5.” In my opinion, this is great for people that just need their tablet to be connected for a short period of time. And since the plan works with the Galaxy Camera, you can share photos without having to find a WiFi hotspot.
Source: Verizon Wireless
Since announcing plans to offer consumers up to 200MB of free data if they buy a tablet device as part of their “Uncarrier” campaign, the company has had to address a few problems with the strategy. The latest is an admission that new customers will actually have to sign-up for at least a $20 per month plan if they want to buy their new tablet device with no money down. If there is any silver lining to this clarification it is the fact that the $20 per month plan includes 500MB of data in addition to the base 200MB of data T-Mobile is providing for tablet devices. Read more
Google may be hinting at the release of a brand new device. Found by a member of The Verge Forums, it seems that Google could be launching a new tablet with an 8-inch screen. We know Google has a very interesting way of leading up to an announcement, just look at KitKat. In the image above (with the full size after the break), you can see that this tablet is not the usual Nexus 7. This has smaller bezels on the top and bottom with wider sides. Also, it is running KitKat. Could this launch alongside the new Nexus 10? That seems to be how this will play out if the Nexus 8 is indeed real. Google could be launching both this new device with the Nexus 10 to give consumers a wide variety of choice this holiday season. Read more
Here’s a bold move for the “Uncarrier.” T-Mobile will be offering 200 MB of data access free of charge to any and all T-Mobile tablets. No strings, no commitments, just free data. CEO John Legere talked up the free data packages that will be available starting November 1st, all while taking a few potshots at other carriers. He considers the fact that most tablets are WiFi-only and tethered to smartphones “silliness” that needs to stop, and he thinks T-Mobile will be the first step in moving tablets in that direction. Of course, 200 MB isn’t a whole lot of data, so T-Mobile will also be offering a $5 plan that gives you 500 MB for a day and a $10 plan that gives you 1 GB for a week. It’s not unlimited data, but hey, it’s convenient and cheap.
On top of the new data packages, T-Mobile will also offer their selection of tablets for $0 down, with monthly payments working similarly to their smartphone payment plans. They hinted that the $0 down may not be permanent, so if you’re in the market for a new tablet, you may want to check out T-Mobile pretty soon.
If T-Mobile had better coverage in my area, I would jump at the chance for something like this. Are any of you planning on taking up their free data offer? Let us know in the comments.
source: The Verge
The Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 are now available to order through the company’s website. Dell announced their new Android tablets earlier this month and they seem to be quite appealing, considering their specs and pricing. Both the Venue 7 and Venue 8 pack Intel’s new Clover Trail+ processor underneath a 1200 x 800 display. As you can tell from their name, the Venue 7 and 8 have corresponding screen sizes.
The Venue 7 is priced at $149.99 while the Venue 8 has a $179.99 price tag. Clearly these tablets are budget-friendly, which doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad. Hit the link below if you are interested in ordering one.
Via: Android Central
Google has had enormous success in the phone market with Android, but they’ve failed to offer any serious competition in the tablet space. Total unit shipments have been up, but there are still negative stigmas around tablet optimized apps and profitability for developers. Google is taking another step towards rectifying that by adding some “improvements” to the Play Store that put tablet-optimized front and center. On November 21st, all Android tablets will automatically show these made-for-tablet apps on the front page of the Play Store.
Apps that follow Google’s guidelines for well-designed tablet apps will be displayed ahead of other applications. They will also be assigned a specific badge that states they are designed for tablets, and apps that don’t meet those guidelines will be designated as designed for phones.
It’s not a quick solution towards getting more apps to be designed for tablets according to Google’s guidelines, but it’s going to make it easier for tablet owners to find apps that are better suited for their devices. Hopefully it’ll make developers more likely to work on getting their apps to look and run well on tablets.
source: Google Blog
We all know that as tablets and smartphones have been rising in popularity, they have been also growing in size. Time for a huge size jump. Fox News’s new News Deck studio features enormous 55-inch tablet slates. That is enormous. They probably don’t run Android, but it’s pretty cool to see touch screens that are probably bigger than a lot of your television at home.
You can check out the tablets, as well as the rest of the gadgets in the new news room in the video embedded after the break.
Android tablets have finally joined their phone counterpart up top. According to ABI Research, tablets running Android outsold Apple’s iPad in Q2 of 2013. Revenue for the entire tablet market hit $12.7 billion in that quarter. Since the same quarter of 2012, there was a 23% surge year-over-year.
While there isn’t much information on the Android manufacturers, it is easy to understand why Apple has been overthrown (for now). The research firm explains that smaller tablets around the 7 or 8-inch mark have been selling the most. Across the board, many companies have been aiming at this size. Amazon’s Kindle Fire line ranges from 7 to 8.9-inches while Samsung has been pumping out tablets endlessly. Also, Google refreshed their Nexus 7 with the latest specs. Even NVIDIA is in pursuit of some market share. Clearly consumers have taken to the smaller form-factor and lower prices.
Source: ABI Research
According to the latest IDC forecast, tablets may not reach their previously estimated 229 million units in 2013, but it’s probably not because of the reasons most people think. The experts seem to think that when a new wave of wearable tech hits the market, it’s going to have an affect on the tablet market. Not only that, but IDC believes that phones with larger screens are functioning as both phone and tablet for some consumers, which further reduces the need for tablets. Throw in the fact that aren’t very many new tablets that will be available for the holidays and it’s easy to see how the shipments may not be as high as what was originally expected.
Now, to put this in perspective, the estimates are still sitting at around 227 million, so total units are only down about 2 million. The bigger picture here is to look at the trends of these tablets, though, not necessarily the shipment amounts. IDC has found that in mature markets, like the US, tablet sales are slowing down and losing market share to emerging markets such as Asia. Once the market gets so saturated, less new devices are going to be sold. Of course, if wearable watches and glass turn out to be the next big thing, we could see the exact reports for Google Glasses and Galaxy Gears in the next few years.