By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
New York — Tablet sales during the fourth quarter of 2012 accounted for almost half of all of last year’s sales, according to Futuresource.
The research firm reported global sales during the quarter reached 64 million units and totaled 136 million units for all of 2012. The quarterly sales figure represented a 100 percent increase over the fourth quarter in 2011 and for the year, tablet sales were up 119 percent, said Arun Gill, market analyst, Futuresource Consulting.
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Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft plans Feb. 9 availability of its Surface Windows 8 Pro in the U.S. and Canada at an estimated street price of $899 for the 64GB version with bundled Type Cover.
Pricing on the 128GB version with Type Cover wasn’t disclosed.
Las Vegas — Disney at International CES demonstrated its first foray into alternate reality (AR) gaming.
DreamPlay, an AR app which runs on a smartphone or tablet, will interact with a line of DreamPlay toys to trigger interaction and content on the device’s screen.
LAS VEGAS - Lenovo is also adding new convertible Ultrabook/tablet models to is consumer and business lines during CES this week.
The consumer IdeaPad Yoga 11s has an 11.6-inch display, an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of DDR3 memory and a 128GB SSD. Other features include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, a 720p HD webcam and an HDMI output.
Pricing should be in the $799 range and it will be available in grey an cotton candy pink.
Las Vegas — Coby will debut its latest tablet, the MID7065, during International CES, here, next week.
The company’s newest tablet features a 7-inch display and gives users access to Google Play and Google Mobile services.
The MID7065 runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The device can connect to the web via Wi-Fi and it has Bluetooth 2.1 and a front-facing 0.3-megapixel camera, Coby said.
Shipping is slated for the first quarter with a $149 suggested retail.
Las Vegas – Digital Stream will go to International CES with an 8-inch RCA-brand Android tablet that incorporates a standard over-the-air ATSC DTV tuner and a mobile-DTV tuner, which is compatible with encrypted Dyle TV mobile-DTV broadcasts.
The $299-suggested RCA Mobile TV Tablet, available in the spring, will be the industry’s first dual-tuner mobile TV, the company said.
New York – Barnes & Noble reported that the learning company Pearson will invest in Nook Media.
The London-based Pearson will invest $89.5 million in cash in Nook Media, which will represent a 5 percent equity stake in Nook’s preferred membership interest. When the deal is finalized, Barnes & Noble will own 78.2 percent of Nook Media, Microsoft will have 16.8 percent, and Pearson will have the remaining 5 percent.
Edison, N.J. -- Sakar International will go to International CES with children’s tablets bearing the Barbie, Hello Kitty and Monster High brands.
The Android tablets are designed for gaming, photos and social networking, the company said.
Sakar, which markets consumer electronics and accessories under multiple licensed brands, will also introduce products from their other licensed lines, including NERF, Ninja Turtles, Targus, Nickelodeon and Disney. Products will include earbuds, text messengers, cameras and karaoke machines.
Lake Success, N.Y. — Coby is making its Android tablets more business-friendly.
The company partnered with CloudLink, known for its Android productivity apps, and Mobile Systems, a provider of personal productivity software, to offer an expanded range of preloaded business-focused apps for Coby’s Kyros line of tablets. The apps are available on tablets currently shipping to retailers.
El Segundo, Calif. – The shelf life of the eReader could be coming to an end thanks to low-priced, multi-use tablets.
According to IHS, the eReader first hit the scene in 2006, and the industry saw shipments jump from about 1 million in 2008 to 10.1 million by 2010. The following year this figure more than doubled to 23.2 million, but since then the category has declined.