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Revealed: Samsung misled investors, pundits with shipments vs. sales

04/11, 9:00pm

Company relies on conflation of sales with shipments to fool Wall Street, customers

A confidential report from Samsung dug up by Apple lawyers has -- for the second time in as many trials -- revealed that the Galaxy phone maker routinely misleads both investors and the public on its actual sales to end users, at least in the US market. The discrepancy can sometimes be large, and in Samsung's case it used those misleading figures to chip away at the iPad's "marketshare" when in fact it had not made even a modest dent.

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T-Mobile Tablet Freedom offers 1GB free data, cheaper tablets

04/10, 12:16pm

New plan pays early termination fees, offers 4G devices for Wi-Fi only pricing

The second day of wireless provider T-Mobile's pricing plan announcements sees the carrier offering an option to add a tablet to a postpaid voice plan for free through the end of the year. Called "Tablet Freedom," the program offers cheaper tablets, and 1GB of additional free 4G/LTE data each month, in addition to the 200MB of free data available through the "Free Data for Life" promotion.

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Briefly: Russian gov't drops iPads; Clear, Fantastical upgrades coming

03/27, 12:27am

Government of Russia swaps iPads for customized, secure Samsung tablets

Russian government officials have opted to stop using iPads in official capacities, possible due to concerns about alleged "backdoors" that allowed for NSA monitoring (which Apple has denied). Instead the government has arranged a deal with Samsung that will see politicos using customized, secured tablets specifically designed to handle confidential information as legislators often need to have available. There was no detail on prices or the cost of dropping the iPads, and the move could be seen as part of an effort to stop supporting American companies, given the US opposition to Russia's policies in the Ukraine and Crimea. Russian officials have denied any such motivation, reports Business Insider.

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DealNN: printers, tablets and SSDs

03/18, 3:32pm

printers, tablets and SSDs

At MacMall's Apple Blowout sale, save big on the HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 e-all-in-one printer, which has seen a $96 discount from $246 down to $150. That make this about $50 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This printer features print speeds of up to 18ppm in black and 13ppm in color, has a 250-sheet capacity, built-in scanner, fax machine, and offers connectivity on a wireless or wired network. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from HP.

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Lenovo denies reports of Ashton Kutcher smartphone development

03/05, 6:52am

Earlier reports misquoted, Kutcher work on tablets continues

Lenovo is not working with Ashton Kutcher on new smartphones, the company has revealed. Following reports that the actor was expanding his design remit at the manufacturer from tablets to smartphones, a Lenovo executive has clarified that Kutcher's work is still concerns just tablets, indicating earlier comments from another executive were potentially misquoted.

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Briefly: Full-size Bluetooth keyboard for iPad, Camera+ update

02/20, 8:23pm

Pi Dock-It Pro case and Bluetooth keyboard for iPad to be released March 14

Parle Innovation has announced the upcoming release of the Pi Dock-It Pro case and keyboard for iPad. Both a protective case and a full-size Bluetooth rechargeable keyboard, the Pi Dock-It Pro is slim, with a 'Chiclet' style of keys. Composed of a high-grade polycarbonate blend, its anti-skid base and slide-and-pivot opening action provides stable use, in vertical or horizontal orientation. Its integrated magnets and sensors automatically put the iPad in sleep mode and activate the Bluetoth keyboard in laptop mode. Priced at $160, the Pi Dock-it Pro will be available for purchase beginning March 14.

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Canalys: Apple has 19.5 percent share of combined PC, tablet market

02/05, 7:00pm

Combined figure gives Apple bigger share than Dell and HP put together

Unlike most of the other large sales-analysis firms in the tech sector (IDC, NPD, Gartner or Strategy Analytics) Canalys has made a habit of issues reports with what many consider a "truer" picture of the overall "computer" market -- counting mobile tablets like the iPad as another form of personal computer, like the traditional desktop or notebook. Using those blended shipment figures, Apple is by far the dominant "computer" company in a growing industry.

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Archos details Neon Android tablets with 9, 9.7, 10.1-inch displays

01/31, 8:38am

Entry-level tablet range runs Android Jelly Bean, modest specifications

Archos has unveiled a trio of Neon tablets that take after the Platinum and Cobalt ranges in terms of appearance, though targets the entry-level market. The 90 Neon, 97 Neon, and 101 Neon all offer a quad-core A9 processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 1.6GHz, and 1.4GHz respectively with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a microSD card slot for more storage options.

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Samsung launches three Galaxy Tab Pro tablets, Galaxy Note Pro

01/06, 7:08pm

Four Samsung tablets launched at CES with same 2560x1600 resolution

Samsung launched a total of four tablets at its CES press event, including one that appeared in an FCC filing late last year. Three Galaxy Tab Pro tablets, with 12.2-inch, 10.1-inch, and 8.4-inch displays, shared the stage with a stylus-equipped, 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro, with the entire collection offering the same 2560x1600 resolution, regardless of the screen size.

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Acer revises Iconia A1, Iconia B1 tablets, upgrades C720P Chromebook

01/03, 8:12am

Updated budget Acer Android tablets will appear at CES 2014

Acer will be adding to its Iconia tablet range with two updated models, the company has revealed. The revised Iconia A1-830 and Iconia B1-720, upgraded from the earlier Iconia A1and B1 respectively, will be joined at CES next week by the revised C720P Chromebook, an updated model of the touchscreen noteboook the company revealed in late November, though with some slight changes.

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Briefly: Quad-core Nextbook tablets, Bluetooth kitchen thermometers

01/02, 12:28pm

E FUN to debut Nextbook 8 and Nextbook 10 tablets at CES 2014

Consumer electronics designer, E Fun, has announced its upcoming debut of its first quad-core Nextbook Android tablets at CES 2014. The Nextbook 8 and Nextbok 10 tablets will feature Android Jelly Bean 4.2, Google Play access, and new narrow frame bezels. Both tablets include 1 GB DDR3 system memory, dual webcams (2 megapixel back-facing, 0.3 megapixel front-facing) with a microphone, an HDMI-out port with video output of 1080p HD, b/g/n 802.11 Wi-Fi compatibility and more.

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Briefly: great deals for Cyber Monday -- TVs, smartphones and more

12/02, 2:01pm

Big Cyber Monday deals found from TigerDirect, Best Buy

Cyber Monday has finally arrived, and online shoppers can take advantage of big sales this holiday season. We've gathered up some great deals on a variety of electronics, including TVs, smartphones, e-readers, tablets and hard drives.

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Briefly: Google Play 'Designed for Tablets,' Amazon Coins in UK

11/22, 6:09am

Google adds Designed for Tablets section to Play Store

The Google Play Store has been updated to showcase apps "Designed for tablets," something Google announced it would do last month. Tablet users will see the tablet-aimed apps as the default view in Google Play, according to an Android Developers Google+ post, with apps that do not meet specific criteria to be "Designed for tablets" to be marked as "Designed for phones" instead.

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Toshiba launches seven-inch Excite 7 Android tablet for $170

11/20, 10:15am

Excite 7 smaller version to earlier 10-inch Toshiba tablets

Toshiba has launched a new seven-inch Android tablet, one that briefly surfaced as a leak in July. The Excite 7 is a smaller companion to the 10-inch Excite Pure, Pro, and Write tablets revealed earlier this year, and though it shares the same external design language as its larger stablemates, it opts for a smaller seven-inch display with a lower 1024x600 resolution.

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Amazon adds Goodreads integration to Fire OS in Kindle Fire HD, HDX

11/18, 1:06pm

Streaming to TV and second-screen functionality added in Fire OS update

Amazon has released the latest version of its Android implementation, Kindle Fire OS 3.1. The free update for Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets adds a number of updates, with the integration of Goodreads adding book rating and quote sharing through the community, friend update feeds, and the option to import both print and digital books bought from Amazon into the Goodreads account.

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Apple lost shipment-based 'share' in tablets in Q3; is unconcerned

10/30, 8:50pm

Figures from prior to new iPad introduction, still dominant by brand and profit

Market analysis firm IDC is reporting that despite sales of 14.1 million iPads in the calendar third quarter of 2013, Apple's share of the worldwide tablet market dropped 11 percent in the face of increased shipments from others, particularly Samsung. As reported earlier, the iPad remains the clear leader in tablets by individual brand, but the combined total of shipped Android-based tablets is rising, and there was no new iPad product announced during the quarter.

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Lenovo, Kutcher debut 18-hr Android eight and 10-inch tablets

10/29, 10:34pm

New device has familiar form factor, resembling Apple keyboard

Lenovo has unveiled its new Android-based "Yoga" tablets reportedly co-designed by Ashton Kutcher, devices that the company calls the "world's thinnest tablet." The device has an unconventional form factor, with a thick rounded edge containing most of the electronics and battery, tapering all the way to the edge of the tablet.

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Intel CEO: Expect $99 tablets, $299 Haswell notebooks, $349 hybrids

10/17, 11:11am

Chip executive hints at holiday pricing

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has reportedly hinted that the company's OEM partners are preparing to embrace aggressive pricing strategies ahead of the holiday shopping season. Speaking during a conference related to the company's quarterly earnings disclosure, the executive is said to have referenced Intel-powered tablets for as little as $99, Haswell notebooks starting at $299, and convertible hybrid tablets with prices as low as $349.

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Archos intros new 8-, 9.7- and 10.1-inch Platinum tablets

10/03, 3:00pm

Latest devices to ship this month

Archos has fully detailed its latest tablets that will be arriving later this month, including the 80b Platinum, 97b Platinum HD and 101 Platinum. All three Android tablets will be powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 1.6GHz, with up to 2GB of RAM and IPS displays ranging from 8.0 to 10.1 inches.

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Dell returns to Android with Venue 7, Venue 8 tablets

10/02, 12:30pm

Android offerings sold alongside Windows 8.1 devices

Dell has made a surprise return to the Android platform with its latest tablet introductions, the Venue 7 and Venue 8. Not to be confused with the Venue "Pro" variants, which run Windows 8.1, the basic Venue tablets are powered by Intel's latest Atom processors and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

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Amazon unveils refreshed Kindle Fire HD, new Kindle Fire HDX tablets

09/25, 6:04am

Angular design of new Amazon tablets, added Mayday support button

Amazon has revealed its refreshed Kindle Fire tablet lines, including a revised Kindle Fire HD, and new lines with HD displays. The seven-inch Kindle Fire HDX uses a 1920x1200-resolution display while the 8.9-inch version will have a 2560x1600 version, with both models also having the chiseled and unique design with rear-mounted buttons revealed earlier in leaks.

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Seagate launches 5mm Ultra Mobile hard drive for Android tablets

09/09, 1:16pm

Claimed to have similar performance of flash memory in tablets

Seagate has announced a way for manufacturers of Android devices to dramatically increase the storage of future devices, using a similar hard drive to the ones it launched in June. The Ultra Mobile is a 2.5-inch hard drive measuring just 5mm (0.2-inches) thick and weighing 3.3 ounces, allowing it to fit inside the tight confines of typical Android tablets, while also offering up to 500GB of storage capacity.

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Amazon discounts 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, possible new model launch soon

08/06, 1:45pm

Discount of $40 for tablet suggests refreshed line for anniversary of launch

Amazon has dropped the price of its seven-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet in the United States. The sudden drop in price of $40 for the tablet is a possible sign that the retailer is trying to reduce stock in the device ahead of an expected launch of a rumored device range refresh in September, the anniversary of the HD version's launch.

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Android Jelly Bean hits 40 percent device share, 4.3 missing in report

08/05, 4:37am

Possibility Android 4.3 will pull share from other Jelly Bean versions

Android Jelly Bean, the most recent version of the mobile operating system, has surpassed the 40-percent install base milestone. Android version 4.1 makes up 34 percent of the Android device share, with version 4.2 reaching 6.5 percent, an improvement from the last report when Jelly Bean became the dominant version, with 4.1 and 4.2 scoring 32.3 percent and 5.6 percent respectively.

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Amazon to upgrade Kindle Fire displays by end of year, claims report

07/10, 9:15am

Higher resolutions accompany revised casing, moved buttons

Amazon will be updating its range of Kindle Fire tablets before the end of this year, with a report claiming that at least three new models will be added to the tablet range. The new devices would have a few external changes, such as altered button placements, but the main change will be an increase in resolution of the tablet displays.

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Samsung puts Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 8.0, 10.1 on sale in United States

07/09, 12:53pm

Galaxy Tab 3 range appear in stores, Amazon, after pre-order period

Samsung has put its portfolio of Galaxy Tab 3 tablets on sale in the United States. The previously-announced Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 are all available to buy in stores, as well as through Amazon and Samsung itself, with both white and 'golden brown' color options popping up in retailer listings.

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Follow-up: Koreans prefer iPads over Android tablets as well

07/03, 8:00pm

First iPhone, then iPad continues to rank high in customer satisfaction

Following on from an earlier report that found the iPhone beating both Samsung and other Android-based smartphones in Samsung's home court of South Korea, the National Consumer Satisfaction Index has also revealed that the iPad has also beaten Korean companies Samsung and LG in customer satisfaction for the third year running. The tablet survey was drawn from a sample of only 278 people rather than the more than 40,000 from the smartphone sample, and reflects Korea's small --but slowly growing -- tablet market.

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Samsung shipping Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 8.0, 10.1 in US on July 7th

06/24, 10:58am

Pre-orders for new Samsung tablet range start now

Samsung has revealed it will be bringing the updated Galaxy Tab 3 range of devices to the United States on July 7th. The three tablets, available in 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch versions, will be available to pre-order from tomorrow onwards, and provide some slight revisions to previous Galaxy Tab iterations, including the addition of an IR transmitter for use as a TV remote control.

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Hands on: Samsung's Ativ Tab 3 tablet with Windows 8

06/20, 9:50pm

Samsung boasts thinnest Windows 8 tablet

Following Samsung's Ativ-themed launch event in New York City, the company invited press to try out the new Ativ Tab 3 tablet. The device is promoted as the thinnest Windows 8 tablet set to arrive on the market, with a 10.1-inch display that places it in direct competition with the iPad and a slew of Android-powered alternatives. Electronista spent some hands-on time with the new device ahead of its public release.

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Lenovo opens orders for IdeaTab A1000, A3000 Android tablets

06/06, 1:10pm

Two seven-inch Lenovo tablets include 16GB storage, 3,500mAh battery

Lenovo has put up a pair of Android tablets from its IdeaTab range up for pre-order in the United States. The IdeaTab A1000 and IdeaTab A3000 both offer 7-inch 1024x600 displays, run on Android Jelly Bean, and have relatively similar specifications, the A3000 adds to the 0.3MP front webcam by having a 5-megapixel counterpart on the rear.

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Foxconn, Mozilla announce Firefox OS partnership, teases tablet

06/03, 12:31pm

Foxconn manufacturing five devices for unnamed OEM

Foxconn has signed a deal with Mozilla to put the Firefox OS mobile operating system onto a number of mobile devices. The smartphones, to be manufactured by Foxconn on behalf of an unnamed OEM, are also accompanied by the companies showing off a prototype tablet, one that was hinted at in a report last week.

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Asus adds MeMo Pad HD 7, FHD 10 to low-cost tablet catalog

06/03, 11:20am

Ten-inch MeMo Pad FHD 10 includes 1920x1200-resolution display

At the same time as unveiling its Transformer tablet notebooks, Asus has revealed high definition versions of its affordable tablet line. The MeMo Pad HD 7 increases the display resolution of its existing seven-inch tablet from 1024x600 to 1280x800, and the MeMo Pad FHD 10 adds in a ten-inch screen and a 1920x1200 resolution.

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Acer shows 8.1-inch Iconia W3 Windows tablet, 5.7-inch Liquid S1

06/03, 7:18am

Iconia W3 first tablet to use relaxed Microsoft Windows 8 requirements

Acer has used Computex to reveal a new Windows 8 tablet and an Android smartphone. The previously leaked Iconia W3 is the first in the world to take advantage of Microsoft's relaxed Windows 8 tablet requirements by using an 8.1-inch display, while the Liquid S1 continues the Liquid range of mobile phones and is the first "phablet" from the company.

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Turkey's Erdogan visits Microsoft, Apple, Google

05/20, 12:28pm

Country seeks bids on 10.6 million tablets for students

The Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been touring Silicon Valley companies this week, on the heels of a similar tour by Turkish President Abdullah Gül last month. Both men received VIP tours of facilities at Microsoft and Google, and met privately with officials from Apple. All three companies are hoping to land a contract to supply the country with at least 10.6 million tablets for the country's students.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 with 8-inch screen image, specifications leak

05/17, 1:56pm

Larger version of Samsung tablet appears weeks after 7-inch version launched

An eight-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has apparently surfaced, with rendered images accompanying a list of specifications. The alleged leaked details come after the company revealed the third generation of its popular line of tablets, though that uses a more conventional 7-inch display and smaller form factor than what has now appeared.

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UK: Tablets now outselling both notebooks and desktop PCs combined

05/17, 9:00am

Trend predicted by Apple CEOs Jobs, Cook: tablets up 188 percent from Q1 2012

A report from market analysts IDC looking at market conditions in the United Kingdom says that in the first quarter of 2013, tablet shipments outpaced the combined desktop and notebook PC for the first time. A total of 2.8 million tablets were shipped in Q1, outpacing the 2.3 million PC units (which include Macs alongside Windows desktops and laptops) by a half-million units -- a rise of 188 percent year-over-year. While the report is limited to the UK, the results likely foreshadow future trends elsewhere.

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Dell drops price of XPS 10 Windows RT tablet by $150, discounts dock

05/15, 8:46am

Discounted Dell tablet likely due to low Windows RT hardware sales

Dell has lowered the price of its Windows RT tablet from $449 to $299. The drop in price of the XPS 10 slate, possibly due to the underwhelming sales of Windows RT-based tablets across the industry, is accompanied by discounted additions to the tablet, including the keyboard dock and doubling the internal storage.

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Canalys: Apple losing 'shipment' share in global mobile market

05/09, 11:30pm

Survey includes notebooks, tablets, phones, excludes actual sales

In its latest report, industry research firm Canalys is reporting on what it calls "worldwide smart mobile device shipments" for the first quarter of the year -- a term that includes smartphones, notebooks and tablets. Of the 308.7 million devices that fall under one of those categories that shipping in Q1, around 60 percent were said to be Android devices, reflecting the platform's strength in smartphones -- the fastest-growing area of mobile electronics. Apple's iOS placed second again, despite a dominant presence in tablets.

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Adobe reveals Project Mighty and Napoleon drawing tools for tablets

05/06, 3:19pm

Pressure-sensitive stylus and digital ruler still in development

Adobe showed off a hardware project for drawing it has been working on at its MAX Conference. Project Mighty is a pressure-sensitive stylus for tablets that is connected to the Adobe Creative Cloud, while Napoleon is an accompanying ruler that effectively works as a protractor for Project Mighty to work with in the tablet app.

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Asus sells 3 million tablets in Q1, plots smaller Windows 8 tablets

05/06, 9:52am

Earnings rise for seventh time in a row, eighth unlikely

Asus managed to sell 3 million tablets in the first quarter, offsetting a drop in sales of notebooks and computer parts, according to the company's latest quarterly results. Overall, the company managed to earn $3.5 billion in revenues for the quarter, with its $202 million quarterly profit an improvement compared to both year-on-year and the previous quarter by 5.8-percent.

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Briefly: Nook HD Mother's day discounts, Unreal Engine 3 in Firefox

05/06, 8:28am

Barnes & Noble discount Nook HD, HD+ for Mother's Day

Barnes & Noble has dropped the price of its Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets as part of a Mother's Day promotion. For the next week, the retailer will be selling the 7-inch Nook HD from $149 for the 8GB and $179 for the 16GB models, while the 9-inch Nook HD+ is priced at $179 for 16GB of storage and $209 for 32GB. The discounts, varying between $50 and $90 depending on model, will apply until May 12th.

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Barnes & Noble adds Google Play to Nook HD, Nook HD+ tablets

05/03, 7:17am

Google addition to Nook HD leaves Kindle Fire as last closed Android system

Barnes & Noble is boosting the number of apps available for its Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets, by adding the Google Play store. The software update will add Play alongside the company's own app store, boosting the number of apps available to its users by over 700,000, along with the millions of songs found on Google Play Music, and other Google-supplied content.

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IDC releases tablet 'shipment share,' claims Android topping Apple

05/02, 1:00am

Apple still tops all usage studies, suggesting stronger actual sales

Research firm IDC has posted the results of a questionable study on tablet "market share" that makes the claim -- not supported by sales evidence -- that Android has outgunned Apple in the tablet market, with 56.5 percent share in the first calendar quarter of the year, leaving Apple with barely 40 percent. The study also claims that Asus, not Amazon, is the third-largest tablet vendor with 5.5 percent of the market, having seen 350 percent growth year-over-year. The numbers seem unbelievable -- until one notices that IDC is estimating shipments, not sales.

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BBC iPlayer use on tablets beats smartphones for first time

04/22, 8:52am

Overall iPlayer use equals 272M January record

Usage of tablets to view BBC content on its streaming service has beaten that of smartphones for the first time. Information published by the BBC saw 200,000 more iPlayer requests from tablets than mobile phones, with the combined usage of mobile devices making up 30-percent of all requests, namely 81 million requests for March alone.

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Study: 'Phablets' a fad, iPhone screen sizes most popular

04/01, 6:54pm

Top 200 device brands studied for share and usage

Mobile marketing analyst Flurry have unveiled their latest study, which draws samples from around one billion smartphones and some 2,000 unique device models worldwide. The study looked at both the distribution and usage by end-users of the top 200 device models, and found that "medium phones" with 3.5- to 4.9-inch screens were far and away the dominant choice in both areas. Phones with smaller screens were steadily declining in usage as buyers upgrade, and smaller tablets and "phablet" phones have yet to make much end-user headway.

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GoGo: in-flight Internet use 84 percent iOS, 16 Android

03/07, 11:59pm

Tablets slightly more popular than smartphones for paid Internet service

GoGo Inflight, which offers paid Internet service on various airlines serving North America has reported that mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets now make up 67 percent of the devices being used to connect to its service, with tablets just edging out laptops and smartphones. Like other actual-usage surveys we have reported on recently, GoGo found that around 84 percent of mobile devices accessing their network across 2012 were using iOS, with 16 percent using Android -- though the Android percentage is growing slowly but steadily.

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Studies: iOS enterprise share up; iPad still king of tablets

03/07, 8:20pm

Android losing ground with business, but inching up in tablets

Two new studies -- one focusing on enterprise usage of mobile devices, the other looking at tablets -- have shored up conventional wisdom on the distribution of platforms, relegating everything but iOS and Android offerings to "other," but providing some new insights and a hint of changing trends. Advertising network and mobile analyst firm Chitika finds that the iPad continues its overwhelming dominance, but shows Android tablets finally inching up in usage, while Egnyte's study finds Android falling in corporate influence.

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Reports: iPad least repairable, least likely to need repair

03/01, 10:39pm

Repair firm compares various tablets, finds most not easily fixable

Repair and how-to guide site iFixit has compiled their teardown and repair-guide results on the top tablets into one comprehensive report, and ranks Apple's iPad lineup (with the exception of the original iPad) very poorly for repairability, though it is Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet that gets the lowest possible mark. The Windows 8-based Dell XPS 10 gets the highest marks for being easy to disassemble, but is dinged (like most tablets) for having the LCD fused to the protective glass layer. Offsetting this, a number of studies have shown the iPads to be by far the most reliable tablet.

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Hands on: Asus' 7'' Fonepad tablet with voice calling

02/26, 1:37pm

Asus intros Atom-powered phone/tablet hybrid

Confirming recent rumors, Asus has unveiled a new seven-inch tablet, the Fonepad, that is powered by Intel's Lexington Atom processor. Consistent with its name, the Fonepad is a tablet but doubles as a smartphone with 3G voice-calling functionality. We met with Asus at Mobile World Congress to check out the hybrid device and see how it performs as a tablet and as a phone.

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Opera bringing new 'Ice' browser to iOS, Android next month

01/21, 12:18pm

Moves to WebKit as core, will debut at Mobile World Congress

After 19 years, the alternative browser known as Opera has capitulated and will move to the WebKit core used by most other browsers for their latest mobile offering, known as "Ice." The new browser, which will likely debut for iOS and Android at the upcoming Mobile World Congress next month, features an overhauled design that emphasizes simplicity and gestures over buttons. The Norwegian company will continue to offer its Opera Mini for Android and feature phones, but needed to "up its game" in mobile, reports Pocket-lint.

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