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Berlin – Samsung will go to the IFA trade show here next month to unveil what is expected to be the company’s next-generation Note 3 phablet.
The company would say only that it will reveal the latest Galaxy product, but at last year’s show, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 2 smartphone/tablet hybrid with 5.5-inch 720p screen, S Pen stylus, dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU, and 3,100 mAh battery. The company’s invitation to the event said “Note the date.”
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Arlington, Va. – Tablet ownership in the U.S. is expected to reach half of all households in the next 12 to 18 months according to Consumer Electronics Association research.
Four in 10 (41 percent) online U.S. consumers indicated they own a tablet, roughly on par with ownership rates reported in March 2013 (40 percent), according to CEA’s “Consumer Outlook on Tablets: Q3 2013” report, which examines trend information on consumer behavior and sentiment from April through June 2013.
San Francisco – Google unveiled a next-generation Nexus 7 7-inch tablet that boosts CPU and GPU speeds, screen resolution and RAM while reducing weight and depth.
The company also unveiled a $35 2-inch Chromecast dongle that plugs into a TV’s HDMI port and, for video- and music-streaming apps running on Android and iOS devices, pulls the services’ content directly from the web to the TV via Wi-Fi to preserve the mobile device battery life. The dongle and streaming services are controlled directly from the mobile device.
West Covina, Calif. — E Fun expects to grow its tablet sales despite intensified competition and declining margins that have driven other value-priced suppliers out of the market, E Fun sales VP Jason Liszewski told TWICE.
Emeryville, Calif. — LeapFrog has updated its LeapPad2 kids tablet to include a rechargeable battery and AC adapter.
“When we asked parents how we could make the next version even better, the top feature they requested was rechargeable batteries," said John Barbour, LeapFrog CEO, in a statement.
The four rechargeable NiMH batteries for the LeapPad2 Power are said to provide up to nine hours of playtime. Suggested retail is $99.99 with availability scheduled for August.
New York — Techno Source has updated its Kurio kids tablet with three new models, including a 4-inch version it’s positioning against the iPod Touch.
Seven-inch and 10-inch tablet models will also be offered. All three have 8GB of internal storage and can be expanded up to 40GB via MicroSD card.
Eric Levin, division head for Techno Source, told TWICE the Kurio 4s “is really the only true competitor for the iPod Touch,” which he noted is “almost every kid’s precursor to their phone.”
West Covina, Calif. — E Fun announced its latest Nextbook Android tablet line.
The series contains two models, the Premium 7SE-8GP and the Premium 8HD priced at $69.99 and $99.99, respectively, and available through Walmart nationwide.
El Segundo, Calif. – Shipments of tablet displays are surpassing expectations as Chinese white-box manufacturers pour into the category, according to an IHS report.
Shipments are expected to increase 6 percent this year totaling 262 million, up from the 246 million originally forecast. Year over year shipments are up 69 percent from the 155 million shipped in 2012.
The main boost has come from Chinese smartphone makers who have jumped into the tablet business, said Ricky Park, IHS’s senior manager for large-area displays.
New York — Barnes & Noble today began to spin down its Nook hardware business announcing it will partner with other vendors to develop co-branded devices.
BN said it its fiscal year statement that it saw a 34 percent decrease in its digital content segment, which includes devices, content and accessories, for its fiscal fourth quarter and a 16.8 percent drop for the year. However, content sales increased 16.2 percent for the year.
The company hopes to offset the loss attributed to hardware sales by stopping in-house manufacturing.
CE Week New York — Tablets will comprise about 80 percent of all computers sold by 2016, according to the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) most recent industry research.
Shawn DuBravac, the CEA’s chief economist and research director, and Jack Cutts, CEA’s business intelligence senior manager, gave this bit of data along with a wide overview of the computer and tablet market at the CEA Research Summit.