Android Suffers in Tablet Market

Tablet Competition Heats Up: Kindle Fire Captures more than Half of Android Tablet Market

10″ Tablets Have 39 Percent Higher Content Consumption Rate than 7″ Tablets

Amazon Kindle Fire Doubles its Share of Android Tablet Market in Two Months

The Kindle Fire, introduced to the market in November 2011, has seen rapid adoption among buyers of tablets. Within the Android tablet market, Kindle Fire has almost doubled its share in the past two months from 29.4 percent share in December 2011 to 54.4 percent share in February 2012, already establishing itself as the tablet by a wide margin. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab family followed with a market share of 15.4 percent in February, followed by the Motorola Xoom with 7.0 percent share. The Asus Transformer and Toshiba AT100 rounded out the top five with 6.3 percent and 5.7 percent market share, respectively.

Larger Screen Tablets See Higher Level of Content Consumption

Tablet adoption among U.S. consumers continues to climb as more devices appealing to various price and feature preferences are introduced to the market. Screen size is perhaps the most outwardly apparent differentiator between devices, with the market offering consumers a wide variety of options such as the 10″ Apple iPad, 9″ Sony S1, 7″ Amazon Kindle Fire and 5″ Dell Streak. Analysis of page view consumption by screen size found a strong positive association between screen size and content consumption. Specifically, 10″ tablets have a 39-percent higher consumption rate than 7″ tablets and a 58-percent higher rate than 5″ tablet





After New iPad, It is Time for New Samsung S III

As always, Apple is leading the smartphone market not only for the sales but also for the strategy and trend they bring together. Samsung has hit huge number of smartphone sales quite beyond of Apple. The Korean chaebol will be lining up a new 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab to complement the handset launch. According to rumors, the tablet will apparently be running a dual-core processor, and will not be the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  (that is supposedly getting a quad-core upgrade).

It seems strange for Samsung to launch yet another tablet–a focused product lineup may be a better idea for the company instead of making so many slates. A Samsung spokesperson had previously admitted that the company wasn’t “doing very well in the tablet market”.

Samsung has confirmed that the new Galaxy S3 will be launched on May 3 at Earls Court, London – will it be your next Galaxy smartphone though. The Galaxy S 3 will be powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, after Samsung confirmed the Exynos 4 Quad chip would be used in its next Galaxy device.


Nokia Rip Piss Out Of Apple’s iPhone With New Campaign

Since the introduction of the iPhone, Nokia has been taken a bit of a kicking when it comes to selling smartphones. And after years of losing the battle, it looks like it is coming out fighting with their latest series of adverts which poke fun at the iPhone.

In a move which is very similar to the campaign Samsung launched earlier this year, it’s Apple who the focus of some very subtle jokes in this series of ads that are getting a lot of attention online today. They feature a pixelated phone which is clearly meant to be the iPhone, and some “behind the scenes” shots of people talking with their faces blurred out.

These are clearly meant to be portrayed as Apple executives and they are seen dismissing the consumer as stupid and not caring about the fact that the product is flawed. I remain to be convinced that this sort of negative advertising actually works (no mention of any of the nice new Nokia phones here), but then when taking on a beast like Apple, you do get pushed in to a corner at times. At least Nokia seem to be back out fighting again.


Instagram Finally Rolled Out To Android Smartphones

Less than two weeks ago, Instagram tweeted a link to a page where Android users could sign up for the service and be notified the moment it’s made available. Well that wait wasn’t as long as people had anticipated as the popular photo sharing app has made available to download for Android devices.

With over 30 million iPhone owners using the service, Instagram has a massive user base to build from and it’s set to increase that number exponentially as it’s opened up to Android.

Time will tell whether the app will be as big a hit on Android as it is on iOS, but you can certainly bet that the app will gain a couple of million new users worldwide. Now all Instagram has to do is figure out a viable business model that takes advantage of this growing user base and they’ll be set. Android users can download the app on Google Play or head over to Instagram’s site.

Microsoft Paying Developers Up To $600,000 To Make Windows Phone Apps

If hardware is the backbone to any good smartphone, then apps have become the lifeblood with many consumers judging a device on what they’re able to download for it. Microsoft know this and because it’s playing catchup with its competitors, iPhone and Android, it’s turned towards funding developers to ensure apps are created for them.

The New York Times reports that Microsoft is financing the development of well known apps, costing anything between $60,000 to $600,000 depending on the complexity of the app. Developers are reluctant to dedicate time and money into a platform that is both small and unproven so Microsoft is adapting different methods to incentivise developers. Alongside funding their app’s development, the company also provides developers with free phones and the promise of prime spots in its app stores and in Windows Phone advertising

Microsoft only has an estimated 70,000 apps for its Windows Phone platform. Comparing that the iPhone has roughly more than 600,000 apps in its store and Android has almost 400,000 apps, the company is very much trying to bridge the gap between themselves and speed up the process. Their other initiative is teaming up with Nokia to open up an AppCampus in Finland, where over €18 million will be invested into the project over three years, but the company has a lot of work ahead of them if they seriously want to be in a position to challenge the big two.

Client Infographic: Streamlining your Digital Life with the new iPad

With the Apple  release of the new iPad, the Streamlining your Digital Life with the new iPad infographic from NextWorth takes a look at the history of the electronic devices that the iPad has replaced in our lives.  A true multifunctional device, the iPad has replaced many of our separate gadgets.

The digital world is converging on a revolutionary all-in-one device, the powerful, brand-new iPad. These are the iconic portable devices that led to (and are to some extent being replaced by) Apple’s innovation.

The lines are color coded to connect the types of devices in the timeline, and show any devices that had multiple functions of their own (like the Eee PC 701).  Using a treemap in the iPad image, it also shows the amount of time spent using the different functions on the iPad from average consumers.  The use of illustrations instead of photographs of all these devices keeps the design simple and focused on communicating the data.



Even Canadians Aren't Buying BlackBerrys Anymore

Once upon a time RIM was the shining star of Canada. Hailing from the Great White North, BlackBerry phones were the country’s dominant smartphone. But times have changed and RIM has not changed with them. That’s a recipe for failure and it seems that based on data compiled by IDC and Bloomberg, Apple shipped more phones in Canada last year than RIM.

Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM shipped just 2.08 million BlackBerry smartphones last year in Canada, where Apple shipped 2.85 million units. This changing of the guard is a long time coming. As Bloomberg notes, in 2010 RIM bested Apple by half a million units and outsold Apple five to one in 2008.

RIM is seeing sales declines worldwide. BlackBerrys are still popular in the Middle East and Indian markets but Android, led mostly by Samsung phones, is quickly becoming the dominant player. Canada, where the company is based, was one of RIM’s last strongholds.

Canadian sales dropped 23 percent in the third quarter. Even though RIM introduced seven new handsets in 2011, Canadian consumers turned their backs on their hometown team. Now, in 2012, with a new CEO in place, the company is betting that its QNX-powered BlackBerry 10 handsets will stop the bleeding.

RIM’s glory days are behind it. Sheer arrogance led the company down its current path of misery. All is not necessarily lost, however. As long as RIM can produce BB 10 handsets on schedule, it might still be able to save the lucrative enterprise market from defecting to iOS or Android. But “on schedule” is not a phrase associated with RIM lately.

Apple Vs. Apples (Infographics)

This is a cool infographics which explains the power of technology. While I was studing economics at college, we were taught  ‘ theory of comparative advantages ‘.  It is how developing countries are advanced in agriculture and developed countries have comparive advantages of high tech industries. With this infographics, you will see the brand equity of Apple products. Would Adam replace  the apple with a the new iPad ?


How Higher Education Is Going Digital [INFOGRAPHIC]

People are talking about digital tech’s opportunity to improve the classroom. Much of the discussion has been focused on digital textbooks. Apple’s recent announcement of iBooks for education has caused a stir over whether texts delivered on an expensive and propriety device like the iPad are really feasible. The US Justice Department has warned Apple and other five of the biggest US publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books, according to people familiar with this matter. Lets look at how higher education is going digital and what goverments should take lesson.

Do you replace your personal computer with iPad ?

The chief executive of Apple, Timothy D. Cook, has a prediction: the day will come when tablet devices like the Apple iPad outsell traditional personal computers. Do you find yourself replacing your personal computer for everyday tasks? What do you use instead? Facebook also working on ‘ secret mobile project ‘, what do you think , doesnt it soung great Facebook mobiles or tablets ?

His forecast has backing from a growing number of analysts and veteran technology industry executives, who contend that the torrid growth rates of the iPad, combined with tablet competition from the likes of and Microsoft, make a changing of the guard a question of when, not if.

 Tablet sales are likely to get another jolt this week when Apple introduces its newest version of the iPad, which is expected to have a higher-resolution screen. With past iterations of the iPad and iPhone, Apple has made an art of refining the devices with better screens, faster processors and speedier network connections, as well as other bells and whistles — steadily broadening their audiences.

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