IDC lowers projected tablet estimates for 2013 due to wearable tech and bigger smartphones


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.

source: TechCrunch

Android devices dominate the tablet market in Q2 2013

android tablets Q2 2013

Android tablets have been on the upswing lately in terms of market share, and that trend looks to be continuing. In the first quarter of 2013, Android tabs account for just over 50% of tablets shipped, and that number how grown to 67% at the expense of Apple tablet market share. Compared to last year in Q2, Android tablets have grown from 51.4% to 67%, while Apple tabs dropped from 47.2% to 28.3%. Total units for Android tablets increased from 18.5 million to a whopping 34.6 million, which is a very impressive growth. Overall, the tablet market has seen a 43% growth year-over-year.

There’s a handful of new tablets slated for a holiday release this year, and we already have new Galaxy tabs and a rumored Nexus 10 tablet coming up. It’s definitely going to be interesting to see how those devices affect Android’s total market share.

source: Strategy Analytics

Lack of “multi-user” support on Android phones explained by Dan Morrill of Google


There has been some speculation that a Nokia patent has been blocking Google from adding “multi-user” support on Android phones— however, Dan Morrill of Google has taken to Reddit to explain the decision publicly.

Apparently, the problem stems from the phones themselves and the nature that we use them. While tablets receive emails and instant messages, something like a phone call may be too important to just “hold off” or send directly to voicemail while another user is logged in. What does Android do when a phone call comes in for another user? What about a text?

These kinds of questions are what’s keeping Google from adding “multi-user” support. Do any of you have an idea of how this could work? Personally, I always thought that multi-user support on phones would always be a luxury, but not a necessity. I, for one, would never use it, but bragging to my iFriends about the feature would always be nice…

Source: Android Reddit

Galaxy Watch, high-res tablets on the way from Samsung


Samsung may have heard some of the rumblings about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 being just an incremental step from the Galaxy S III based on news leaking out about some new devices in the pipeline. The one item that seems to be closest to reality is a new Samsung item with model number SM-V700, otherwise known as the Galaxy Watch, which is scheduled to be revealed at IFA 2013. Unfortunately, few details are available about the device, including whether it will be a standalone Android device or whether it has to be mated to another Android device. Read more

Google reports 70 million Android tablets activated, 1 million apps in Play Store


At Google’s “breakfast” event this morning with Sundar Pichai, it was proudly announced that to this day, 70 million Android tablets have been activated. It’s an impressive feat, especially when considering the tablet market only recently exploded in the past few years. Pichai also announced that there are now 1 million applications available for download in the Play Store— developers have certainly been doing their part as well.

All of this was in preparation to remove the veil over the brand new Nexus 7


Techno Source unveils kid-friendly line of Kurio tablets to be pre-sold exclusively at Toys”R”Us

Kurio 7s User Interface_Techno Source

Techno Source, famous for their Kurio kid-friendly 7-inch tablet, is following up their success with an entire Kurio line of devices. The new Kurio tablets will come in either 4-inch, 7-inch, or 10-inch sizes, and are appropriately titled the Kurio 4s, Kurio 7s, and Kurio 10s, respectively. The tablets will feature the latest in Android, running 4.2.2 out of the box as well as a large suite of parental control apps and some free family-friendly content. Pricing ranges from $100 to $229, depending on the screen size you want. You can preorder the tablets online only at Toys”R”Us. The 4s and 7s will be sold at various retailers in September, but the 10s will be a Toys “R” Us exclusive through 2013.

Hit the break below for the press release and more pictures of the devices. Read more

Expect more 8-inch Android tablets during second half of 2013


Analysts with NPD DisplaySearch are predicting big gains in the number of tablet devices shipped in 2013 and the hot spot is expected to be 8-inch tablet devices. According to NPD DisplaySearch, their analysis of the display supply chain indicates 8-inch devices will make up 5-10% of the market. That will be significant considering most Android powered tablets now come in either 7-inch or 10-inch sizes. Read more

Toshiba refreshes Excite lineup of tablets with three new models

Toshiba Excite

If you’ve been waiting on the wave of new tablets for 2013, your wait is almost over. Toshiba has announced today three new models of their Excite lineup, called the Excite Pure, Excite Pro, and Excite Write, with each tablet nicely covering a different price point for consumers.

The Excite Pure isn’t the most exciting tablet that’s going to hit the market this year; it’s using a slightly outdated Tegra 3 processor with 1 GB of RAM and a 1280 x 800 10.1 inch screen. However, it is running Android 4.2 out of the box, and it’ll only cost you $299. The Excite Pure sounds like a decent tablet at an extremely friendly price, especially for a 10-inch tablet. Read more

Surprise, surprise: HTC to develop an Android-based 7-inch tablet, drops support for full-sized Windows-based tablets in the process



HTC is certainly going through a pretty sweet period right now thanks to the massively successful One smartphone, so it’s only natural that the Taiwanese manufacturer turns its attention to the development of other types of devices out there. According to a report by Bloomberg, HTC is looking squarely at the emerging mini tablet market and is in the midst of working on a soon-to-be released an Android-based 7-inch tablet that will be unveiled to consumers sometime in September or October. This is exciting news because HTC previously turned its attention to the development of Windows RT-based tablets for a while now, but fortunately realized what some of us already knew— that full-sized Windows RT-based tablets probably aren’t as profitable or worthwhile compared to tablets based off other platforms. So now, HTC will place all of its resources and energy into developing smaller tablets instead— as it will launch both a Windows-based and Android-based 7-incher instead.

Here’s hoping that HTC makes a huge splash with the introduction of its latest device because after all— there’s certainly no more room for error for the brand.

source: Bloomberg

MediaTek back again with new, tablet-oriented quad-core chip


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. Read more