Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Inc., said on Tuesday that Android tablets have failed to gain significant traction in a market dominated by Apple’s iPad, and that Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 platform has a good chance of achieving better sales. Mirroring the sentiments of countless pundits, Dell says the tablet market today is basically an iPad market, and that Apple’s competitors have failed to offer a compelling alternative at this point. “If you look at the tablet market, you have to say right now it’s an iPad market,” Dell said while speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit on Tuesday. “The Android stuff has not done fantastically well, I think I’m being fair. Microsoft has a pretty good shot with Windows 8, we’re pretty excited with what they’re doing.” Michael Dell said this past April that sales of Android tablets would overtake iPad sales just as sales of Android smartphones have surpassed the iPhone. The company’s Android-powered Streak tablet has not been a hot seller for the computer maker however, and now it appears as though any future plans for new Android tablets may be put on hold. Recent reports suggest Dell may release is first round of Windows 8 tablets in the third quarter of 2012. More →
Motorola announced on Friday that it will begin to sell a new XOOM Family Edition Android tablet on October 16th for $379. The XOOM Family Edition is nearly identical to the original XOOM, but it comes preloaded with $40 worth of games and applications, such as Kid Zone, Asphalt 6, Sim City Deluxe and Quickoffice Pro HD. The XOOM Family Edition runs Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) and is equipped with a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz, a 10.1-inch display and a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p video. Read on for the full press release from Motorola. More →
Asus’s followup to the popular Eee Pad Transformer tablet maybe be set for a launch early next month. The LambdaTek Component Shop currently lists the Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2, referred to as model number TF201-1I020A, for £537.85 including VAT. Other details on the retailer’s site are limited, though the Transformer 2 listing mentions a quad-core Tegra 3 processor from NVIDIA, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch display and Android 3 Honeycomb. LambdaTek also lists an in-stock date of November 7th, suggesting we might finally see an official unveiling in the coming weeks. Asus CEO Jerry Shen reportedly said recently that the Eee Pad Transformer 2 will launch by year-end and will retail for $499, about 40% below the slate’s listed price on LambdaTek’s website. More →
We are on the CTIA Enterprise & Applications show floor in San Diego and just quickly swung by Huawei’s booth to check out one of T-Mobile’s latest tablets, the SpringBoard. This Huawei-built slate is definitely one of the best looking 7-inch tablets we’ve seen yet. The back and sides of the tablet feel like aluminum and, while it’s a bit heavy like the T-Mobile G-Slate, the SpringBoard’s thin form factor adds to its attractiveness. The tablet runs Android Honeycomb and is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. T-Mobile has yet to announce pricing or a launch date, but we’re definitely looking forward to spending more time with the SpringBoard. Be sure to check out the photo gallery below.
T-Mobile continues to bolster its device portfolio in anticipation of the fast-approaching holiday season — when it will be the only major carrier in the U.S. without Apple’s iPhone in its lineup — and the carrier on Monday announced the upcoming addition of two new tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will serve as the T-Mobile’s new flagship tablet, featuring a 10.1-inch display, Android 3.1 Honeycomb, a 3.2-megapixel camera, 32GB of storage and a hefty 7,000 mAh battery. BGR reviewed the Galaxy Tab 10.1 back in May and called it “a beautiful and thin tablet with an industrial design to die for.” The T-Mobile SpringBoard with Google compliments the Tab 10.1 with a 7-inch HD display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera with support for 720p HD video capture, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and Honeycomb. Both tablets will have release dates ahead of the holidays but T-Mobile has not yet announced pricing or further availability details. The carrier’s full press release follows below. More →
Samsung on Friday took the wraps off its latest addition to the Galaxy tablet family, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The new slate is an update to the tablet that started it all for Samsung, and it features a 7-inch 1,024 x 600-pixel display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, dual cameras, embedded HSPA+ and Android 3.2 Honeycomb. “Samsung pioneered the seven-inch tablet market with the launch of the GALAXY Tab, marking an innovation milestone in the mobile industry,” Samsung’s mobile boss JK Shin said in a statement. “Building on the success of the GALAXY Tab, we’re now delighted to introduce the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus reloaded with enhanced portability, productivity and a richer multimedia experience. GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus is for those who want to stay productive and in touch with work, friends and content anytime, anywhere.” The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will become available in Indonesia and Austria toward the end of October, and launches in Southeast and Southwest Asia, U.S., Europe, CIS, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Japan and China will follow. No pricing or specific launch dates have been revealed. Samsung’s full press release follows below. More →
We received our Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 review unit on Tuesday, and we’ve spent the better part of this afternoon tooling around and getting a feel for the smaller cousin of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The tablet has an 8.9-inch screen with 1280 x 800-pixel resolution, and it is also equipped with a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1GHz, 16GB of storage (a 32GB model will also be available), a 6,100 mAh battery and a 3-megapixel camera capable of recording HD video. We definitely appreciate the smaller screen size of the Galaxy Tab 8.9; it feels much more portable and yet does not sacrifice any of the power that was offered by the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) runs smoothly and Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface adds plenty of useful widgets without slowing the system down. We think Honeycomb still needs a lot of work before we really get excited for Android on a tablet, however, but the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is shaping up to be our favorite Android tablet yet. Of course, we’ll have to wait to see what Amazon has in store on Wednesday before before we jump to any conclusions. We’ll get started on our full review shortly but in the meantime, be sure to check out our photo gallery below.
Google posted a guide on its Android Developers website on Monday that should help developers prepare Honeycomb applications for the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system, which will run on smartphones as well as tablets. That means Honeycomb developers will need to make their applications compatible with displays smaller than those found on various Android tablets. Creating an Ice Cream Sandwich compatible version of an application is important to reaching a larger audience, too. “Optimizing for handsets can be tricky if your designs currently use all of a large screen to deliver content,” Google explained in a blog post. “It’s worth the effort, though, because Ice Cream Sandwich brings the Honeycomb APIs to handsets and you’ll significantly increase the user-base for your app.” Read on for a link to to the Android developer site, where you can read an in-depth guide to adding smartphone support to Honeycomb apps. More →
While Samsung’s tablets continue to run into Apple-shaped walls abroad, the South Korea-based electronics giant’s latest Android tablet is now available for pre-order at Best Buy here in the U.S. Announced at CTIA back in March, the GALAXY Tab 8.9 is positioned between Samsung’s 7-inch tablet and its flagship 10.1-inch slate, the GALAXY Tab 10.1. It runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb and includes 1GB of memory along with either 16GB or 32GB of storage, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8.9-inch WXGA display. Both Tab 8.9 models are now available for pre-order on Best Buy’s website, and pricing lines up with the previously announced $469.99 (16GB) and $569.99 (32GB) price points. No launch date is provided on the Best Buy website. More →
AT&T announced on Monday it will offer Acer’s Iconia Tab A501 Android Honeycomb tablet beginning on September 18th. We first saw the Iconia Tab during CTIA in March, though we weren’t terribly impressed with the initial product. The tablet is equipped with a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800-pixel resolution screen, support for AT&T’s HSPA+ network, a dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra2 processor, a full size USB port, a microSD card slot, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats. The Acer Iconia Tab A501 will be available in AT&T stores and online for $479.99 but AT&T says customers can pay a subsidized $329.99 price for the tablet if they opt to sign a two-year contract with a 3GB monthly plan. Read on for the full press release from AT&T. More →
Sony can finally add tablets to the laundry list of consumer electronics categories it addresses, but the launch of its premier device — the Sony Tablet S — is raising questions as to how seriously Sony plans to take the tablet space. The 9.4-inch Honeycomb tablet features a Sony “TruBlack” display, a dual-core Tegra 2 processor and the ability to control Sony televisions, Blu-ray players and other peripherals with a custom universal remote app, but we’re not sure Sony has its sales strategy ironed out just yet. Read on for more. More →
AT&T’s latest Android tablet, the HTC Jetstream, is now available from AT&T for $700 with a two-year data contract. AT&T announced Android 3.1-powered tablet last week and it is equipped with a 10.1-inch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats. AT&T will include the HTC Scribe pen with each purchase at no cost for a limited time. The Jetstream is also available for $849.99 for customers looking to purchase the tablet without a contract. More →
During the IFA trade show in Berlin on Thursday, Toshiba unveiled the AT200, an Android Honeycomb tablet that will no doubt compete directly Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. It measures just 7.7mm thick, .9mm thinner than the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which should make it the thinnest Android tablet when it hits store shelves. The AT200 is equipped with a 10.1-inch display with a 1280 x 800-pixel resolution, a microUSB port, a microSD slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a micro-HDMI port, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera and a two-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats. Toshiba has yet to announce a release date or pricing for the AT200. Read on for the full press release. More →