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IDC on Tuesday gave its own breakdown of world tablet share from this fall and painted an optimistic look at Android's position in the market. Going higher than others' estimates, the research team believed that Amazon shipped 4.7 million Kindle Fires, or enough to stake out 16.8 percent of tablets worldwide. Along with a slight gain from Samsung to 5.8 percent, the prediction would have knocked Apple down from 61.5 percent last summer to 54.7 percent in the last few months of 2011.
Pandigital hoped to raise the bar on starter tablet e-readers with a Friday unveiling for the SuperNova. The eight-inch tablet is still rare in the class for having a capacitive touchscreen and has a 4:3, 800x600 aspect ratio that suits magazines and newspapers. To fully customize the OS, it uses the most basic version of Android 2.3 and doesn't have the official Android Market, although it does have GetJar's app store as well as preloaded access to Barnes & Noble's bookstore and Flash.
Best Buy is now offering the Pandigital Nova Digital Reader on its website. The bargain tablet features Android 2.3, an 800MHz processor, and a 7-inch, 600 x 800 TFT LCD screen. It has 4GB RAM onboard as well as a microSD expansion slot, plus one mini USB 2.0 port and a micro HDMI out. The Nova reader also has front- and rear-facing cameras and a built-in microphone and speakers for web chat, and 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity.
Toys R Us has committed itself to e-readers in earnest by carrying devices of its own. The toy retailing giant will begin selling the Amazon Kindle in its stores starting this Sunday. Toys R Us will stock three models, the Kindle Wi-Fi in graphite, the Kindle 3G in graphite, and the Kindle Wi-Fi with Special Offers.
Pandigital has submitted a new seven-inch e-reader/tablet to the FCC for its approval. The device, known as the Planet, is a cross between an e-reader and a tablet. It sports a TFT LCD screen and runs Android.
Apple managed to claim 87.4 percent of the tablet market before the Galaxy Tab came into play, IDC found in a rare study of tablet share. As most companies were caught off-guard, Apple claimed a near-monopoly of the tablet market last summer. Analysts further expected 17 million tablets to have shipped by the end of the year, almost all of which would still have been iPads.
Pandigital bounced back after its heavily criticized original tablet by launching a revamped Novel. It still uses Android underneath but has switched from its criticized resistive touch LCD to a Sipix-made, 600x800 e-paper touchscreen. The design gives up color but should be more responsive, significantly extend the battery life and make it much easier to view outdoors.
Pandigital has released a new photo scanner that can feed through 8.5 by 11-inch photos or documents. The Personal Photo Scanner/Converter doesn't require a PC connection, as photos can be scanned directly onto an included SD memory card. The images are saved in JPEG format, and the card can be plugged into a PC for archiving or a digital photo frame for viewing.
Pandigital on Thursday explained a halt to sales of its Novel touchscreen e-reader. The company says the device will go back on sale in about a month, and the time will be used to review the firmware that's preloaded onto the device, which was the reason for the delay. A spokesperson for the company also confirmed that a a black model will also be released that may have other features.
Pandigital has leapt into e-readers in significant fashion today by launching the Novel. Rather than opt for e-paper, the photo frame maker has opted to go directly to a 7-inch, 800x600 capacitive touchscreen LCD and enters into the tablet arena as a result. The slate is based on Android and can play video, show photos and browse the web on top of usual secondary features like music and a calendar.