Android tablets pull ahead in Q1 2013, running on 56.5% of all tablets shipped

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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.

source: IDC

HP Slate 7 tablet confirmed for arrival in the UK on May 1st

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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.

source: HP

Tablets continue to grow at an enormous pace, with Samsung and Amazon tablets leading the way

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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

Smaller tablets becoming all the rage and expected to grow worldwide, so sez the IDC

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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.

source: IDC

Tablets to eat into smartphones’ share of mobile content usage by the end of 2013

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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.
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Which Tablets Are The Least Repairable? iFixit Releases New List

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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


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Pandora institutes a 40-hour free listening limit for users

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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
via: Phandroid

Canonical officially unveils Ubuntu for tablets

 

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Canonical has lifted the curtain off of Ubuntu for tablets. What separates this OS from others is the ability to change subtle things about the UI depending on the device. Features include new side stage multi-tasking, which allows for simultaneous usage of tablet apps and smartphone apps and full encryption and multi-user logins which have always been at Ubuntu’s core. Paired with Ubuntu’s newest HUD (heads up display), Canonical has released a very clean and elegant UI that is sure to be on many tablets to come.

We already know that Canonical will bring the Ubuntu preview for Nexus phones February 21st, but now it appears that the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets will get a little taste of the Ubuntu action as well.  Click the break to see the press release along with the debut video showcasing Ubuntu for tablets. 
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Archos officially announces Platinum line of tablets that will go on sale this February

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We first saw this line of tablets back in CES. Now Archos has officially announced that the line should be available this February to consumers. There will be 3 different tablets, the 80, 97 and 116 all ranging from 8 to 11.6 inches in screen size. While different in screen size, the specs should be relatively the same with all powered by a quad-core 1.2Ghz processor with an 8-core GPU and 2GB’s of total RAM. The screens will also be powered by IPS type technology that Archos claims will have a resolution that rivals Apple’s recent iPad.

The most intriguing of the 3 is most likely the 9.7 inch Platinum tablet. The screen size is in that “sweet spot” and offers a 2048×1536 resolution display. While it’s still less than the Nexus 10, it’s still a very high resolution. Seems like Archos is certainly stepping things up int heir tablet department. Will you be interested in giving them a shot?

Hit the break for the full press release!


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HP to begin building Android tablets and possibly smartphones, too

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After the WebOS and TouchPad failure, HP laid out of the mobile market for a while. Well, latest reports say that HP is going to take another stab at the market, but this time with Android-based tablets instead of WebOS. On top of that, they’re even considering a future Android powered smartphone, too. HP makes some pretty solid hardware, and they obviously do very well in the desktop and laptop market space, so I’m sure they’ll have a great chance to shake up the mobile industry as well.

Rumors say that it’ll be a Tegra 4 powered tablet, which has been in development since Thanksgiving of last year, so this definitely isn’t a hasty decision by HP. Hopefully we’ll hear a little more about these devices in the next few months.

source: The Verge