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Windows tablets gain 7.5% market share as iOS lead shrinks

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Even though it came last to the party, Windows 8 is already starting to make an impact. 3 million tablets powered by the Microsoft OS have shipped in the past quarter, capturing 7.5% of the slate market.

The information comes from a report by research company Strategy Analytics who suggest that the number could be even higher had Microsoft expanded the availability of its Surface lineup quicker. Read more »

8-inch Windows-based Acer tablet surfaces through leaked image

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We have been hearing rumors about upcoming 7/8-inch Windows 8 tablets, with Microsoft itself said to be working on one. This leaked Acer tablet, however, is the first to confirm that rumor.

What you see above is the Acer Iconia W3-810, a 7-inch tablet running Windows 8. As you can see the device has been optimized for use in portrait mode, with the Windows button placed near the narrow edge. However, the logo is strangely aligned sideways and favors the landscape orientation. Read more »

LG Display records weak Q1 profits, analysts attribute it to lower orders from Apple

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LG Display is estimated to receive some 30% of its business from tech giant Apple, and has recorded its weakest profit since Q2 of last year.

That’s why when the division posted its rather poor Q1 results, analysts suspected that the lower orders from the Cupertino giant it to blame. Many saw the slowing demand for Apple’s iPhone’s and iPad’s as the main reason for the shrinking profits. Read more »

Google Play gets updated tablet app guidelines, support for tablet-optimized screenshots

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Google Play has updated its guidelines for tablet applications and the developers can now show off their tablet apps in a more beautiful and specialized tablet layouts.

The latest update allows the tablet app developers to upload screenshots of their applications running on 7-inch and 10-inch tablets to the Google Play developer console and those screenshots are shown to users with the devices of the respective size. Read more »

Windows 8 tablets’ pricing will drop to $200, says Intel’s CEO

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The prices of the Windows 8 touch devices and laptops will soon see a price drop, according to Intel executives. The upcoming Windows 8 devices will be designed based on the Intel’s quad-core Bay Trial chipset, which will allow for far more attractive pricing.

Intel’s upcoming Bay Trail chipset is a redesign of the company’s Atom micro architecture and the newest chipset in the making is said to be the most powerful Atom processor to date. Read more »

The affordable HP Slate 7 will be available from the first days of May in UK, Germany

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Announced at the MWC 2013, the HP Slate 7 is HP’s move back to the consumer tablet market. Shying away from its own webOS, the company stakes on Android, instead.

The HP Slate 7 key selling point is not its latest high-performance hardware (or software), but rather the low asking price, which in the case of the UK is £129. In the other European countries the price should hover around €149. Read more »

Alleged iPad 5 case caught in Hong Kong Electronics Fair, suggests thinner and narrower device

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We’ve heard this one before. Over in Hong Kong at a booth in the local Electronics Fair resides a case that was supposedly made for an early next-generation iPad mold.

If the case is legit we can gather that the fifth generation iPad will sports a thinner and narrower body, meaning if it retains its 9.7″ Retina then we can expect slimmer bezels on each side of it, in order for it to fit the smaller footprint. Read more »

Official Google Nexus 10 Book Cover hits the Play Store, costs $29.99

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It’s been a while since the launch of the Google Nexus 10, but it’s only now that you can get an official screen cover to protect its beautiful 10″ high-resolution display.

The Book Cover, as its called, snaps onto the back of the Nexus 10 without making an unnecessarily big hump. It has a matte finish and can wake the slate when opened. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 comes in our office, makes the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note II feel small

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Samsung is at the forefront of Android phablets and its latest gadget is for people who want a bigger, more affordable Galaxy Note. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 just went official and we had a chance to handle one for a couple of minutes.

Unlike the Note, the Galaxy Mega does not have an S Pen but it does have the S4’s Air View so you can still perform some of the same things as you can with the S Pen. That’s not the only thing the Mega has borrowed from the S4 either. Read more »

Microsoft said to be working on a 7-inch Surface tablet

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We have reported in the past that Microsoft is allegedly working on a 7-inch gaming tablet under the Xbox brand. It seems, though, there will be another 7-inch tablet from Microsoft in the near future.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is working on a 7-inch version of the Surface tablet. There are no other details available about this product at this time, including which version of Windows it would be running and what would be the specifications, pricing and release date. WSJ does say, however, that the tablet will go into mass production later this year. Read more »

Acer allegedly working on a $149 quad-core tablet

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Taiwanese-based Acer has joined a growing list of manufacturers allegedly working on an iPad Mini competitor. According to a report from DigiTimes, the rumored tablet will also compete against the likes of Google Nexus 7 in terms of pricing.

The upcoming tablet from Acer is said to sport a display from AU Optronics, which is manufactured by OEM Wistron. Read more »

Images of an alleged Nokia tablet, running Adidas micoach app leak out

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Alleged images of a mysterious Nokia slate have emerged on the web, thus revealing what could be the company’s upcoming entry into the tablet race. The images we quickly taken down from its original source link, thus suggesting that the pictured device is indeed the real deal.

The images reveal the tablet, running an unannounced, soccer themed Adidas micoach app. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 hits UK, prices start from 339 pounds

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is up for sale in the Samsung’s Experience Store in the UK’s Westfield Stratford City.

The model in question is the 16 GB Wi-Fi-only and will set you back £339 (around 400 Euro or $516). However waiting for April 15 and onward will let you purchase the slate with additional £20 voucher for Samsung’s Learning Hub, free use of Samsung’s Music Hub, two-month subscription to The Times, etc. Read more »

Samsung starts rolling out Android 4.1.2 update to Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

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Good news for Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus owners. According to SamMobile, Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to this tablet.

The first country to receive this update is Austria, however, other regions should be getting the updates shortly. As usual, the Jelly Bean update would bring features such as Project Butter, Google Now and several other improvements under the hood. Read more »

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for Asus Transformer Pad Infinity now available

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Asus has announced the availability of the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Pad Infinity tablet series.

The update should become available for download everywhere today. We can confirm various users from the USA were able to update their Infinity tablets. Read more »