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2 years ago

Android's share of the tablet market grows to 27% in one year

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Android has grown to capture 27 percent of the tablet market, that just one year ago was 100 percent filled by Apple.  With the launch of the original Galaxy Tab things have been on a slow uphill climb, but much like the smartphone space diversity and a much more open ecosystem will allow Android to grab a large portion of the pie, and draw manufacturers who can see the profit potential from tablet hardware.  These numbers are impressive, but will likely seem pale when the Amazon Kindle Fire is released, which is seeing upwards of 50,000 pre-orders daily according to internal Amazon documents obtained by the Cult of Android blog.

This parrots the meteoric rise of Android phones in another way as well -- you'll see this 27 percent number trying to be dismissed by detractors and nay-sayers everywhere, using all sorts of outlandish metrics to try and sweep it under the rug.  The fact remains -- people want Android tablets, and are buying Android tablets.  With the release of Ice Cream Sandwich and the Fire, this number's going to grow even faster.  We're here.  Deal with us, or get out of our way.

Sources: Strategy Analytics; Cult of Android

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2 years ago

Viewsonic throws its hat into the sub-$200 tablet ring with the ViewPad 7e

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Viewsonic has announced the ViewPad 7e (check out our hands-on) -- a Gingerbread running tablet that checks in just under $200.  With a 7-inch 800x600 screen, a 1GHz ARM A8 CPU, front and rear cameras (.3MP and 3MP respectively) and the ViewScene 3D interface on top of Android 2.3, this looks to be a player in the same market space as the Kindle Fire.  Much like the Fire, the ViewPad 7e comes preloaded with "Amazon Services" (we assume this means the Amazon Appstore and MP3 Store) and the Kindle application, as well as games from Wild Tangent, Twitter, and Tune-in Radio.  There is no mention of the Android Market or other Google services.

Unlike the Kindle Fire, the ViewPad 7e comes with 4GB on-board storage and a microSD card slot for use with cards up to 32GB, which will appeal to a whole lot of people who need or want their removable storage.  The ViewPad 7e will be available in North America at the end of October for $199.99, with Latin America to follow shortly after in November.

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2 years ago

BlackBerry's Android App Player not all it's cracked up to be?

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A big question we've had since RIM first announced that the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet would be able to run some Android applications was "Why?" Another question has been "Would a developer really want to?"

We're getting a little insight into that courtesy of pals at CrackBerry. The tl;dr version:

This seems to be a short term solution for a long term problem. For years RIM rested on their laurels doing very little to woo new developers or even keep their existing ones happy and it finally caught up with them and the Android solution seems to be more about getting some quick positive publicity rather than solving the real problem.

Sounds about right to us. Check out the whole piece at the link below.

Read: To build or to port? A developer's thoughts about
the Android App Player on BlackBerry

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2 years ago

Editorial: Adult Android apps aren't really for adults, and boobs will get you hacked [NSFW]

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Recently, I was given the (what I thought would be) amazing task of doing an Android adult app roundup.  I prepared myself with a pre-paid debit card, a clear mind, a 12-pack of Milwaukee's finest and a dark room -- and went on a download spree.  What was supposed to be informative and fun turned out to be a $10 pain in the ass and time spent on the phone with T-Mobile trying to get things undone.

Repeat: Steve Jobs might have joked (or maybe he was serious) that the Android Phone is for Porn, but as we found out, that doesn't mean it's good porn.

This one's about as NSFW as can be, so be warned before you click through.

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2 years ago

Microsoft signs Android licensing deal with Compal

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Microsoft on Sunday -- you know, day press releases are typically sent out -- announced it had reached a patent licensing agreement with Compal over its tablets, phones, e-readers and any other devices using Android or Chrome. Microsoft will receive royalties, though neither company said how much cash is changing hands.

It's just the latest in licensing deals for Microsoft, including Quanta, Samsung, Acer and Viewsonic and HTC, among others.

Source: Microsoft

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2 years ago

Will my tablet get Ice Cream Sandwich? Our predictions

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Android is more than smartphones.  With the release of the original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, Android has moved into the big screen arena, and it's slowly picking up steam.  There are some very nice bits of hardware out there running Android and we all are getting antsy about when the one we're using might see some Ice Cream Sandwich love. 

That's where we come into play.  We are surrounded by phones and tablets, and we're going to use a little bit of insight to make a prediction or two about when we'll be seeing OS updates for them.  Hit the break, and read along.

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2 years ago

Sprint axes unlimited data for all mobile broadband plans and mobile hotspot

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We already knew that Sprint was killing off unlimited data for the hotspot plan, but today's news makes everything all official.  Starting in November, users with a mobile broadband plan (that would be a tablet, netbook, USB card, connection card or mobile hotspot device) as well as folks using the mobile hotspot plan on their smartphone will no longer have unlimited data.  Depending on your existing plan, you'll be placed in a tier that goes between 3GB and 10GB of data, with a $0.05 per MB overage in-network, and a $0.25 per MB overage while roaming.

Note that this does not affect unlimited data for smartphones.  Your Epic 4G Touch or EVO 3D will still have unlimited data.  It's still a direction we hate to see yet another carrier travel, though.  Resist the temptation Dan.  Don't kill your unlimited smartphone plans.

Source: SprintThanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus available Nov. 13 for $399; preorders start Oct. 23

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Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus -- its 7-inch Honeycomb tablet -- will be available Nov. 13 for $399. It'll be available at Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct, Fry's and other retailers. Preorders start Oct. 23.

In addition to having Android 3.2 Honeycomb, The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 3MP rear camera and 2MP front camera and Samsung's TouchWiz UI on the 7-inch, 1024x600 display. It'll come in either 16GB or 32GB flavors, with a 4,000 mAh battery, and weigh 345 grams. It's also got the Peel Smart Remote TV application.

So, who's lining up? Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

ASUS Eee Pad Slider mini-review

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ASUS hit a bit of a home run earlier this year with the Eee Pad Transformer, a relatively typical Android Honeycomb tablet with an excellent detachable keyboard dock. But what if you take the keyboard and attach it to the Transformer? That's basically what you've got with the ASUS Eee Pad Slider.

At it's heart, it's a 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet with the usual Tegra 2 innards. Nothing surprising there, and overall experience, software-wise is the same as the Transformer. Lightly skinned, fast. Honeycomb, right?

So the big differentiator here is in the keyboard. The slider mechanism is excellent. Just stiff enough. The chicklet keys are decent enough, with just enough travel. But the overall size of the keyboard is pretty cramped. And one of the best parts of Transformer that really turned nit into an Android laptop -- the trackpad -- is missing. But you do have a full-size USB port, so you can plug in a mouse and use it if you want.

Will this replace a latop? Not if you need a full Windows or Mac laptop. And you can get the Transformer and keyboard dock for about the same price, and have a connected trackpad while keeping the portability of a thinner and lighter tablet when that's all you need.

But it's great to see ASUS continuing to do something different. And with the upcoming Transformer Prime and the likelihood of more to come in 2012, more's in store.

We've got more pics and video after the break.

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2 years ago

Google Movies starting to appear in UK Android Market

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If like me, you're a UK based Android user we have some good news to get you started. As of this morning you may be seeing this shot in your Market application - that's right folks, Google Movies has landed in the UK.

Up until now the service has been exclusive to the US and Canada, but hot on the heels of Google Books, the UK is gradually receiving more love from Google.

If you're in the UK, and have tried it out, hit us up in the comments.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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