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Seattle — Amazon is pumping up tablet competition by dropping the prices of its Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet by $30 for the Wi-Fi version and by $100 for the 4G version.
Both versions became available in the U.S. late last year. Amazon cited the economies of scale that will accrue now that it has opened up distribution to Europe and Japan.
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.
Framingham, Mass. — IDC is forecasting that Android-based tablets will take over as the market share leader from Apple iOS in 2013 and maintain this lead going forward.
IDC also upped its worldwide tablet shipment numbers to 190.9 million, from 172.4 million, due to the increased volume of smaller-screen-size tablets expected to hit the market this year. IDC expects at least 350 million tablets to ship by 2017.
Basking Ridge, N.J. — Verizon Wireless will join U.S. Cellular on March 7 in offering an LTE-equipped version of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, which comes with the S Pen stylus.
The stylus lets users annotate pictures and files with handwritten messages, draw pictures on screen, and preview a file or email message without opening it when the S Pen hovers over the file or message. Apps optimized for the S Pen are also available.
The Wi-Fi-only version of the Note 10.1 became available last year.
Barcelona, Spain — Hewlett-Packard is going to give the tablet business a second try.
The company announced the Android 4.1-based HP Slate 7 at the Mobile World Congress show, here. The 13-ounce device has a 7-inch display, ARM dual-core Cortex A9 1.6GHz processor, and a 3-megapixel webcam. It has a stainless-steel frame and comes in either red or black.
Shipping will start in April at $169.
Barcelona, Spain — Samsung is expanding its Galaxy Note line with an 8-inch Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet, which complements the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet and the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II phablet.
The Note series features an S Pen, or stylus, that lets users annotate pictures and files with handwritten messages, draw pictures on screen, and preview a file or email message without opening it when the S Pen hovers over the file or message. Apps optimized for the S Pen are available.
Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft’s launch last week of the Surface Pro tablet is receiving mixed reviews from analysts.
Views on the introduction run the gamut from calling it normal to a failure and to too early to call.
The one fact everyone agreed upon is that the Surface Pro quickly sold out.
Denver — Archos is launching a trio of Android tablets with quad-core CPUs, 2GB RAM and HD displays.
The three tablets in the new Platinum series consist of an 8-inch model available in February at $199, a 9.7-inch model available in February at $299, and an 11.6-inch tablet available in April at $349.
All feature Android 4.1 OS, aluminum chassis, 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, eight-core GPU, 1080p video decoding, 2GB RAM, 8GB embedded memory, 64GB MicroSD slots, access to Google Play, front and rear cameras, and MiniHDMI and MicroSD ports.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Listening to music on a tablet or smartphone is increasing, according to The NPD Group.
A new study of 2,300 mobile device owners has found that 56 of smartphone and 40 percent of tablet owners use these mobile devices to listen to music. About 39 percent of smartphone users said they listen to music at least one a day on their device, with 54 percent saying the amount of time they listen to music in this fashion has increased since last year.
Lake Success, N.Y. – Coby Electronics shipped its first Android tablet with access to the Google Play Store and Google Mobile services, and the company plans to ship two more in March and additional models later in the year.
Coby, a longtime supplier of Android-based tablets, previously offered Android tablets that accessed thousands of free apps through the GetJar app store.
Los Angeles – Start-up Wikipad, which delayed the launch of a 10.1-inch Android tablet optimized for gaming, has switched gears and will offer a 7-inch model through leading retailers in the spring at a launch price of $249.