Apple’s grip on tablet market said to be loosening as Android shipments tripled in Q4

By on January 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM.

Apple’s grip on tablet market said to be loosening as Android shipments tripled in Q4

Apple sold more iPads in the fourth calendar quarter than it has ever sold before in a single three-month period, but the 15.4 million tablets it managed to move weren’t enough to keep Google from gaining ground. Market research firm strategy analytics on Thursday released its tablet estimates for the three months ended December 2011, and Google’s Android partners seemingly managed to triple tablet shipments during the holiday quarter last year. Read on for more. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S III’s MWC debut reportedly canceled

By on January 25, 2012 at 5:40 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S III’s MWC debut reportedly canceled

The highly anticipated follow up to Samsung’s Galaxy S II will not be unveiled at next month’s Mobile World Congress, according to The Verge. The Galaxy S III was rumored to be debuting in Barcelona next month, however it has reportedly now been delayed. The reason for delay was not disclosed, although it is still slated to be released “before summer” according to the report. The Galaxy S II was announced at last year’s Mobile Wold Congress, but Samsung is said to have been uncomfortable with the long delay between the global launch and availability in the U.S., where it is the most popular Android vendor. The company will still feature “interesting stuff” in place of the Galaxy S III, perhaps an updated Galaxy Tab or even a new Windows Phone handset. More →

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iPad still on top as tablet competition heats up

By on January 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM.

iPad still on top as tablet competition heats up

Apple’s iPad is currently responsible for 15% of all mobile traffic according to new research published recently by Chitika. While the iPad’s lead in the tablet market is obvious, it’s becoming more clear there’s strong competition for market share below it. The Amazon Kindle Fire represented an average of 2.4 ad impressions on Chitikas network for every 100 iPad impressions, but RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook wasn’t far behind; it viewed an average of 1.8 ad impressions for every 100 iPad impressions on Chitika’s mobile ad network. That’s followed closely by the Samsung Galaxy with 1.6 ad impressions and the Motorola XOOM with 1.55 ad impressions. Chitika wasn’t clear which Samsung model was included in the study but we presume it was the Galaxy Tab 10.1. “Despite the iPad’s stronghold in the tablet market, other tablets are continuing to carve out and hold their own places – a trend that is continuing even past the expected gains that the holiday season brought,” Chitika said. “It has taken some time for other players to elbow their way in to the market, but with these tablets paving the way and the demand for tablets continuing to grow, perhaps the coming year will bring more opportunities for other players to enter the field and bring their own innovations to the table.” More →

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Samsung plans tweaked Galaxy Tab 7.0N to skirt Apple patent complaints

By on January 13, 2012 at 8:10 PM.

Samsung plans tweaked Galaxy Tab 7.0N to skirt Apple patent complaints

Samsung is reportedly planning to launch a tweaked version of its Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus tablet in Germany. The Galaxy Tab 7.0N will likely offer many of the same features of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus but with design changes that could help it avoid litigation from Apple. Apple and Samsung have been butting heads in courtrooms around the globe and Apple last year successfully banned Samsung’s local subsidiaries from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1. As a result, Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, which has also been the subject of ongoing patent litigation. The Galaxy Tab 7.0N is expected to cost about $770 without carrier subsidies. More →

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Samsung CES 2012 booth tour

By on January 11, 2012 at 6:50 PM.

Samsung CES 2012 booth tour

There is no clear cut winner or loser at the Consumer Electronics Show but if there was, Samsung would easily be a top contender for the crown. The South Korea-based consumer electronics giant came to CES 2012 with guns blazing, showing off everything from new televisions, ultrabooks and smartphones to a revolutionary new washing machine. Yes, a washing machine. Samsung had a gigantic booth packed to the brim with cutting-edge tech, but the stars of this year’s show in our eyes were Samsung’s new Super OLED HDTVs. The only word that can possibly describe them is gorgeous. They’re unbelievably slim, incredibly bright, and they produce colors unlike anything we’ve seen on a TV before… but we’ll let the pictures do the talking. Our CES 2012 booth tour featuring Samsung follows below.

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Web traffic patterns suggest Apple’s iPad was a dud this holiday season

By on January 6, 2012 at 10:50 AM.

Web traffic patterns suggest Apple’s iPad was a dud this holiday season

Countless analysts predicted Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet would be a big seller this holiday season, and new data suggests that the slate may have been the most gifted tablet this past Christmas. Advertising network Chitika saw traffic across its network from the Kindle Fire grow roughly 20% each day leading up to Christmas, and traffic then exploded by more than 120% between December 24th and 25th. Research In Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook saw the second biggest spike on Christmas Day, up  just over 50% thanks to deep discounts during the holiday shopping season, and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab line of tablets saw traffic jump about 15% on the 25th. Traffic from Apple’s iPad didn’t increase at all on Christmas Day, suggesting that rival tablets may have had an even bigger impact on holiday iPad sales than previously predicted. Read on for more. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S likely won’t get Android 4.0 ‘value pack’ update

By on January 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S likely won’t get Android 4.0 ‘value pack’ update

Samsung announced at the end of December that the highly popular Galaxy S line would not be receiving an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device, which sold over 10 million units worldwide, doesn’t include enough memory for the update, Samsung claimed. After outraged users flocked to social networks with their complaints, reports out of South Korea claimed that Samsung was reevaluating the Galaxy S and may offer a “value pack” update instead. When Business Insider reached out to Samsung, however, the company reiterated its previous statements, claiming the device doesn’t feature the necessary hardware requirements to support the update. “A full update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the GALAXY Tab (7-inch) and GALAXY S is not practicable due to hardware limitations,” a Samsung spokesperson told the site. While the company would not comment specifically on a value pack update, based on Samsung’s record updating its Android devices, it seems highly unlikely that an update is forthcoming. Interestingly enough, the nearly identical Nexus S received an Ice Cream Sandwich update late last month from Google. More →

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Samsung ships 1 million Galaxy Note units and confirms U.S. launch

By on December 30, 2011 at 2:00 AM.

Samsung ships 1 million Galaxy Note units and confirms U.S. launch

Samsung recently announced that it has shipped more than 1 million Galaxy Note smartphones. The Galaxy Note, often considered a mix between a tablet and a smartphone due to its size, was first unveiled in September and it features a massive 5.3-inch display with a 1280 x 800-pixel resolution. Other features include a 1.4GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats. Samsung also confirmed Thursday that the Galaxy Note will be released in the United States next year, and early rumors have suggested the phone will make its debut in early 2012 on AT&T with support for LTE. We wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung reveals more about the U.S. version of the Galaxy Note during the Consumer Electronics Show in January. More →

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Samsung may offer ‘value pack’ instead of full Android 4.0 for Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab

By on December 28, 2011 at 3:45 PM.

Samsung may offer ‘value pack’ instead of full Android 4.0 for Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab

Samsung originally went on the record stating that it will not provide an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for the Galaxy S or 7-inch Galaxy Tab. The company originally cited memory issues related to its TouchWiz user interface, but on Tuesday, reports surfaced suggesting that Samsung HQ was reconsidering its original statement. A more recent report published by the South Korean website Duam on Wednesday, however, said Samsung may instead offer an “Android Value Pack” that will include a number of enhancements to both devices without the need for full-blown Android 4.0. Duam said the value pack update could offer improved web surfing, better multitasking, new widgets, camera improvements and more. Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment. More →

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Samsung to re-examine Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Ice Cream Sandwich update

By on December 27, 2011 at 5:45 PM.

Samsung to re-examine Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Ice Cream Sandwich update

Late last week, Samsung announced that the highly-popular Galaxy S line and original Galaxy Tab would not be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Outraged customers took to the web en masse to express their disapproval of Samsung’s decision. The technology giant originally claimed that the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab were having trouble fitting Samsung’s entire Android suite, which includes its custom TouchWiz user interface, because of the device’s limited memory. Due to customer demand, however, the company is now backtracking from its original announcement and re-examining the devices, MSN Korea reports. Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment. More →

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Samsung: Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab will not receive Ice Cream Sandwich

By on December 23, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

Samsung: Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab will not receive Ice Cream Sandwich

We hate to be the bearer of bad news during the holidays, but Samsung has announced that it will not update the Galaxy Tab or its Galaxy S smartphones to the newest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. This of course is a bit troubling considering the huge popularity of the Galaxy S: Samsung has sold nearly 20 million units since it first launched the device in 2010. As The Verge notes, the Galaxy S offers similar hardware to the Nexus S, which is receiving the Android 4.0 update, but Samsung says its “experience enhancing” TouchWiz operating system, in addition to other carrier-added software, will put too much of a strain on the phone’s hardware. Samsung also confirmed that its 7-inch Galaxy Tab will not receive the update, which isn’t too surprising since most versions never received the Honeycomb update, either. Samsung stated earlier this week that it will issue an Android 4.0 update for its Galaxy S II and Galaxy S Note products next year. More →

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Apple unlikely to win German ban on tweaked Samsung tablet

By on December 22, 2011 at 8:20 AM.

Apple unlikely to win German ban on tweaked Samsung tablet

Apple is not likely to succeed in its efforts to ban Samsung’s revised flagship tablet in Germany, the judge presiding over the case said on Thursday. The Dusseldorf court in September banned a local Samsung subsidiary from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany after determining that the design of Samsung’s tablet copied the iPad too closely. “Other designs are possible,” Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann said at the time, and Samsung came back with a tweaked Galaxy Tab 10.1N in November that included changes intended to help Samsung skirt the ban. Apple filed a new complaint later that month in an effort to block sales of the revised slate, but the judge said on Thursday that Apple is unlikely to win this time around. Judge Brueckner-Hofmann said Samsung’s changes appear to have addressed the problem areas she saw in its original 10-inch tablet, Bloomberg Businesweek reported, though an official determination has not yet been made. More →

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Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note will be updated to Android 4.0 in Q1

By on December 20, 2011 at 7:35 AM.

Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note will be updated to Android 4.0 in Q1

Samsung’s popular Galaxy S II smartphone and its supersized Galaxy Note handset are both scheduled to get official Android 4.0 updates in the first quarter of 2012. Samsung on Tuesday announced that the pair of smartphones would be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich within the next three months, and it listed a number of other devices that will be updated at some point thereafter. Android 4.0 upgradable devices include the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Note, Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The South Korea-based vendor said it will announce Ice Cream Sandwich update details for those devices as it works out the particulars with various carrier partners. More →

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