MediaTek has announced a new quad-core processor to be added to their portfolio that they hope will find its way into tablet devices. MediaTek is producing a new MT8125 chip to meet the needs of the fast-growing tablet market. The chip is based on a quad-core Cortex A7 cpu running at 1.5HGz and a PowerVR Series5XT gpu. MediaTek is incorporating MiraVision technology into the tablet’s SoC to be able to support high-end multimedia capabilities. The MT8125 will support full HD 1080p video playback and recording and will be able to drive screen resolutions up to 1920×1200. Along with the multimedia features, MediaTek says the chip can support 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE and WiFi options, meaning tablet producers can more easily offer a variety of options for consumers. One of the first devices that appears headed to market with the new MT8125 is the Lenovo IdeaTab S6000.
You can read the full press release after the break.
We’ve seen tablets explode in popularity in just the last year or two, and as of right now, it doesn’t look like anything is going to slow down that momentum. According to IDC, in 2013, tablet shipments will pass portable computer shipments worldwide. This is partly thanks to tablets 58.7% growth year-over-year, and partly due to the PC market’s apparent slump in the past few quarters. IDC’s report credits much of this ecosystem change on tablets’ abilities to meet most core users’ needs while maintaining a lower price point. The average selling price of a tablet is expected to dip to a low $381, while the ASP of a PC in 2013 is around $635. For most users, it makes more sense to spend half the money when a tablet can handle all of your daily tasks. After surpassing laptop shipments, IDC expects tablets to take the crown from total PC shipments in 2015.
Tablets will only continue to get faster, more usable, and more affordable, and while I don’t think the PC will ever go the way of the dinosaur, I think it’s pretty clear the direction the average consumer’s computing is going to go.
We know that LG isn’t holding back when it comes to its plans to introduce new and cutting-edge smartphones, but it appears that LG is possibly looking to take the next step and introduce some new tablets in the near-future. According to various Korean media outlets, LG is quietly working behind closed doors and working on a new tablet that will be unveiled sometime in Q3 of this year. There are no concrete details of the upcoming device— so we don’t know about the display size, processor or operating system– at least not yet. Despite the lack of details, all indications are pointing that the Korean giant is wanting to try the whole tablet thing again after its Optimus Pad tablet, which generated lackluster sales and never seemed to gain any sort of popularity. So hopefully LG’s rumored new tablet will be able to break in and get a piece of the ever-growing tablet market share and help LG to achieve its goal of world dominance for 2013.
Be sure to stay tuned with us as we will try to provide any further details that we may hear about this developing story…
via: Phone Arena
IDC has released their numbers for tablet market share in the first quarter of 2013, and it looks great for Android tablets. In the first three months of the year, 27.8 million Android tablets were shipped, up 247% from Q1 last year. The 27.8 million tablets also happen to make up 56.5% of all tablets shipped during the quarter, snagging the top spot from Apple. Apple’s share dipped to 39.6%, which is almost a 20% decline in market share from the previous year. While Apple didn’t ship less tablets, (they actually shipped almost 8 million more than they did in Q1 2012) there was a significant boon in the tablet market compared to last year, and a ton of those tablets ran Android.
Obviously, this just represents one quarter of this year, which a small slice of the pie. Android tablets have a ways to go, especially in popularity and app selection, before they can really penetrate the tablet market the way Android has done with phones. Still, though, grabbing up over half of an entire market in a quarter is a huge step in the right direction.
HP’s reinvention of its mobile unit brand is nearly complete thanks to the now imminent release of its newest tablet, the Slate 7. Previously introduced at MWC earlier this year, the device is designed to go toe-to-toe with other 7-inch tablets in the market and will be targeted directly at consumers looking to get the most bang out of their money. As a refresher, the device will feature a 1.6GHz dual-core chip built-in, a 7-inch display with 1,024 x 600 resolution, Beats Audio and Jelly Bean running the show. Sure the device features items we may have already seen before, but HP is hoping to sway potential buyers, thanks to its attractive £129 price in the UK ($169 USD in other markets).
The device will ship to buyers on May 1st in the UK, though there’s no word yet on when other markets can expect to see the device just yet.
It’s no surprise that tablet growth is apparent worldwide, but a new studies have surfaced giving us an even better indication of tablet popularity. According to Pew Research, one in four Americans own some sort of tablet— while the IDC highlights the worldwide tablet market grew more than 78% year-on-year in 2012. Not surprisingly, Samsung and Amazon tablets lead the way with their own tablets being in the top-five among all tablet manufacturers, followed by other manufacturers such as ASUS and Motorola. Even more astounding is among the top tablets worldwide, 4 of the top 5 tablets and 6 out of the top 10 are smaller tablets, further reaffirming the notion that people certainly love their smaller tablets.
Considering the IDC predicts that 190 million tablets will be shipped in 2013, we probably won’t see a slowdown in tablet growth anytime soon.
source: Animoca Data
As we see more and more 8-inch or under tablets produced for all sorts of demographics, the overall demand for those tablets will grow in the coming years. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the 2013 forecast for the worldwide tablet market has increased to 190.9 million units, which is up from its previous 172.4 million units. In fact, research analyst Jitesh Ubrani believes that “one in every two tablets shipped this quarter was below 8 inches in screen size. And in terms of shipments, we expect smaller tablets to continue growing in 2013 and beyond” .
Naturally Android manufacturers were quick to realize the unique niche market and are currently leading the way in terms of overall market share compared to competitors. The IDC believes that Android-based tablets will reach a peak market share of 48.8% for 2013, followed by Apple at 46% and Windows RT-based tablets after that. Of course as the years go by, both Android and Apple-based tablets will see their market shares drop slightly to 46% and 43.5% in 2017, respectively; while Windows-based tablets are expected to grow to 7.4% in 2017 which is significant and all– but probably not going to worry too many people very much.
We love market shares and usage statistics. The latest number crunching has to do with who consumes the most data and compares basic phones to smartphones to tablets. Since the rise of the smartphone, we’ve seen a constantly increasing usage of data on smartphones, hitting an extremely high 78 – 79% in 2011 and 2012. Most people would think that usage would continue to grow until feature phones are totally phased out, but it looks like tablets are coming in to grab up a bit of that usage share.
iFixit, who is known for taking apart products and seeing what’s inside, has released a new tablet repairability list. The new list examined 18 different tablets from the Nexus 10 to the first generation iPad. Scoring was based on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best.
- Dell XPS 10 – 9
- Amazon Kindle Fire – 8
- Dell Streak – 8
- Motorola Xoom – 8
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 – 8
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD – 7
- Nook Simple Touch – 7
- Nexus 7 – 7
- iPad 1 – 6
- Nook Tablet – 6
- Google Nexus 10 – 6
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ – 5
- Microsoft Surface RT – 4
- iPad 2 – 2
- iPad 3 – 2
- iPad 4 – 2
- iPad Mini – 2
- Microsoft Surface Pro – 1
Pandora is no doubt a staple on our Android devices— thanks to the ability to listen to what is seemingly endless hours of music every month. Unfortunately, it appears that users may need to adjust how often they listen to Pandora’s music service on any given month as it has imposed a limit to free listening to 40 hours per month. Using the Pandora blog, founder Tim Westergren offers some reasoning for why the company had to make the important change. He highlights that Pandora’s per-track royalty rates have increased more than 25% over the last 3 years, including 9% in 2013 alone and worse– the royalty rates are scheduled to increase an additional 16% over the next two years. Essentially, the company had to reluctantly institute a 40-hour monthly listening limit in order to help manage the ever-growing costs without interrupting the general service too much for listeners.
Fortunately, the limit will generally not affect most users. According to Westergren, the limit will only affect less than 4% of Pandora’s total active monthly users. Moreover, the average listener will spend roughly 20 hours on average listening to music across all devices on any given month. So in essence, this new policy is not too noticeable for most of you out there. However, for the 4% of you who may be expressing some concern, will have some pretty nifty alternatives available: listen to unlimited music on your desktop or laptop computers instead, pay 99¢ for unlimited listening for the remainder of that month or just break down and subscribe to Pandora One for unlimited listening and no advertising.
So yeah— aside from a new monthly limit which won’t affect most users anyways— everything else with the Pandora app is pretty much status quo. It may be a good thing anyways since you know— most of us have to deal with those pesky data caps on our wireless service anyways.
source: Pandora blog