After Apple announced its earnings for the second quarter of 2014, analysts began to question the future growth potential of the iPad. Sales were undoubtedly strong, but in an industry that expects constant improvement, the year-over-year decline was troublesome. Unfortunately, based on a recent research report shared by Business Insider from Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty, the relatively poor performance of the iPad is just one indicator signaling significantly slowed growth for the tablet market as a whole in the coming months. More →
Japan Display on Wednesday announced that it has already developed an ultra-high resolution 4K x 2K LCD module for tablets that’s not only capable of offering a huge 3840 x 2160 resolution on a 10.1-inch display, but it’s also energy-efficient. The company said in its announcement that even though the new tablet screen has 4K resolution, power consumption will be similar to 10.1-inch WQXGA LCD modules (which have 2560 x 1600 resolution), as it uses low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) technology. More →
There’s a major fight brewing in the rapidly growing video streaming market over which device consumers use the most to watch their favorite online content. Game consoles, PC’s and connected devices linked to television sets have all proven somewhat popular… and yet it seems that nothing can stop the tablet juggernaut. More →
Tablets are terrific tools that are also fun to use but there are definitely limits to how much you should let your children interact with them. The Telegraph brings us word that the U.K.-based Association of Teachers and Lecturers is claiming that children who spend too much time using tablets are unable to play with standard blocks or write with pens and paper. What’s more, they say young children who spend all night playing tablet games find it impossible to pay attention in classrooms because they’re seemingly going through withdrawal from being constantly visually stimulated by bright displays. More →
Traditional PCs aren’t as appealing to users anymore compared to tablets, which continue to rise in popularity with consumers not only because more and more affordable prices, but because they come bundled with app experiences that make the user’s life easier. The Guardian notes that tablets are now providing for many of our most important computing needs, from media consumption apps such as Netflix and Spotify, to social networking via Twitter and Facebook, to casual (and hardcore) gaming, to business and productivity use. More →
There will be over 285 million big brand tablets in use by the end of the year, a new report from ABI Research shows, from well-known devices makers including Apple, Samsung and others. Apparently the report does not include cheaper tablets made by less known players in the tablet business, also known as white-box tablets. In the U.S., more than 70 million tablets will have been purchased by the end of the year, “about one for every four persons.” More →
Samsung will reportedly launch a variety of new Android tablets in the first quarter of 2014, including models that will get the “Pro” moniker, if Sam Mobile’s insider is to be believed. The company is working on three such Pro tablets that will be part of two families, the Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy Note, as follows: 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab Pro (SM-T320/T325), 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab Pro (SM-T520/T525), 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (SM-P900/P905). A “Lite” tablet is also apparently in the works, the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (SM-T110/T111). More →
It’s a well-known fact that the tablet market has become increasingly competitive in recent years, but one small manufacturer is attempting to undercut even the most affordable tablets with its $37.99 device called the UbiSlate 7Ci, also known as the “world’s cheapest tablet.” According to The Guardian, the Android tablet was originally designed as part of an educational program by the Indian government, but it has since seen commercial release in the United Kingdom and the United States. More →
Smartphones and tablets may not deliver the gaming quality you get from dedicated portable consoles such as the PS Vita and the Nintendo 3DS… but they’re definitely catching up. VentureBeat reports that chipmaker ARM has acquired Geomerics, a graphics technology firm that specializes in making realistic lighting and imagery in video games. And Geomerics’s Enlighten technology has some very impressive notches under its belt since it’s been used in big-time games such as Battlefield 4, Need for Speed Rivals, Eve Online, and Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Carl Almgren, who serves as head of development for Electronic Arts’ Frostbite Engine, says that Enlighten has “helped EA provide new levels of realism and gameplay experience,” so it should be exciting to see what it can do on tablets and smartphones with ARM-based chips.
It’s not all doom and gloom for devices other than smartphones. Canalys predicts that tablets will split the computer market with notebooks and desktops in 2014, taking a 50% share of next year’s shipments. Tablets had already caught up to within half a million units of worldwide notebook shipments in Q3 2013, but as traditional PC sales continue to decline, tablets are going to pick up the slack. More →
As affordable tablets make their way to the market, overall tablet ownership continues to grow. Pew Internet reports that tablet ownership increased to 34% in 2013 among U.S. adults over the age of 16. When adding eReaders into the mix, the ownership number for slates shoots up to 43%. This report shows a 10% jump over last year’s numbers, which contained the biggest year-over-year increase in tablet and eReader ownership to date. These numbers should be especially encouraging for Amazon and Samsung, both of which recently released new tablets and e-book readers, as well as Apple, which is planning to unveil a new tablet lineup next week.
As name brand tablets begin to penetrate the Chinese market, less expensive tablets keep seeing their prices cut to stay ahead of the curve. Digitimes reports that “white-box” (more affordable) tablet vendors are able to keep putting pressure on Apple, Samsung and other electronics giants by using entry-level processors from China-based chipmakers and China’s supply chain to their advantage. IDC released data earlier this year showing a sharp decline in Apple’s tablet market share in China. The rise of the affordable white-box tablets has been notable not only in China, but around the world, and the demand will continue to grow as prices continue to drop.
As our options for portable computing continue to expand, the market will become increasingly segmented. This has led market research firm IDC to lower its tablet forecast over the next few years from shipments totaling 229.3 million units this year to 227.4 million units. Although many tablets have failed to make an impact despite enormous marketing campaigns and others seem doomed before they even hit store shelves, IDC is confident that emerging markets will begin to take over when mature market sales level off. In fact, the mature market is expected to sink “from 60.8% of the worldwide market in 2012 to 49% by 2017.” More →