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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Worldwide tablet shipments to surpass laptops in 2013, all computers in 2015


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.

LG rumored to be working on new tablet that will be unveiled in Q3 of this year



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…

source: Munhwa
via: Phone Arena

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


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



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