Forrester Research: Over 82 million tablet users in U.S. by 2015

By on January 4, 2011 at 12:29 PM.

Forrester Research: Over 82 million tablet users in U.S. by 2015

With CES just on the horizon, and the impending tablet tidal-wave gaining momentum, Forrester Research has published its predictions on just how far-reaching the devices will be.  With an estimated 10.2 million U.S. adults currently using tablets, the company predicts that number to rise to 26.0 million in 2011, 50.7 million in 2012, and 82.1 million U.S. adults by 2015.

“We’ve had briefings from many companies that will release new tablets at CES,” writes Forrester analyst, Sarah Rotman Epps. “All of these inputs have led us to revise our US consumer tablet forecast for 2010 upward to 10.3 million units, and we expect sales to more than double in 2011 to 24.1 million units.” She continues, “Of those sales, the lion’s share will be iPads, and despite many would-be competitors that will be released at CES, we see Apple commanding the vast majority of the tablet market through 2012.”

Forrester is predicting that the replacement rate of tablets will be closer to that of MP3 players or mobile phones — as opposed to that of computers and laptops used in the company’s initial estimates. The post closes with, “By 2015, 82 million US consumers — one-third of US online consumers — will be using a tablet, and not all of them will be iPads.”

Who has plans to buy their first tablet this year? More →

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Dropbox announces new mobile applications, 2 million mobile users

By on September 22, 2010 at 8:00 AM.

Dropbox announces new mobile applications, 2 million mobile users

Dropbox, a fairly awesome internet syncing service, has announced updates to their official mobile applications for the iPhone and iPad, as well as Android and BlackBerry devices. The company notes that over two million mobile users are now leveraging Dropbox on their mobile devices and there are over 100 mobile applications utilizing Dropbox’s open API. Here is a taste of what’s new in the mobile applications:

New Dropbox for BlackBerry:  The company has announced the general availability of Dropbox for BlackBerry, bringing file access and viewing directly to the popular line of smart phones.  Available for free via http://dropbox.com/blackberry.

New release of Dropbox for iPhone and iPad: Available for immediate download are new versions of the popular Dropbox apps for iPad and iPhone. With new iOS release of Dropbox, users will have new features and performance enhancements, including automatic offline caching for frequently accessed files, support for HD video and high-resolution photo capture, numerous user interface enhancements including a new home screen and process display, full screen landscape document viewing on iPad and the support for multitasking to allow files to upload in the background. This update is available for free via Apple’s App Store.

New release of Dropbox for Android: Available for download via Google’s App Market, Dropbox for Android has been enhanced with support for photo galleries and multi-photo upload, ability to automatically send file to Dropbox from other apps, progress bar and notifications for file transfers, the ability to place a shortcut to a folder on the Android home screen, and other new features and fixes.

New Dropbox App Directory: To make it easier to find and evaluate the over 60 partner applications that are built with the Dropbox API, there is a new Dropbox partner app directory now available at http://dropbox.com/apps.  This directory features app information, screenshots and reviews from some of the most popular productivity app providers.

“Dropbox offers a common thread that ties all of these systems together, making important files and data immediately available regardless of device. Not only does this make the individual devices more useful, but this helps enable the broader industry transition towards mobile phones and tablets,” said Drew Houston, co-founder and CEO of Dropbox. The new code is in your platforms respective store as we type. Enjoy. More →

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