San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
New York – Barnes & Noble is adding its first two HD-resolution tablets to the tablet market’s fourth-quarter competitive fires.
One is the company’s first 9-inch model. Both Wi-Fi tablets increase their processing power over B&N’s existing models and will be compatible with the company’s new Nook Video service.
New York – Barnes & Noble will expand the video-content options available for its Nook Tablet with the fall launch of the Nook Video streaming and download service.
Nook Video will offer standard- and high-definition movies and TV shows for purchase, including content from HBO, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Starz, Viacom, Warner Bros. Entertainment, and The Walt Disney Studios. Barnes & Noble also plans to offer content from other studios not yet announced.
El Segundo, Calif. — Kids tablet maker Fuhu filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in San Diego against Toys “R” Us over the retailer’s new Tabeo tablet.
Fuhu is claiming that Toys “R” Us used Fuhu’s intellectual property to create the Tabeo. Fuhu said the retailer gained this information while its Nabi device was being exclusively sold through Toys “R” Us.
Westlake Village, Calif. – Apple tablets are tops in customer satisfaction, followed by Amazon’s Kindle Fire, but Samsung tablets are related below the industry average, a J.D. Power survey found.
Samsung’s score wasn’t that far behind Apple’s, however.
El Segundo, Calif. – The tablet PC’s popularity is showing no sign of waning.
IHS iSuppli is forecasting a 56 percent increase in worldwide tablet shipments, to 126.6 million units this year.
Apple, with its 9-inch iPad, will continue to dominate the market, but IHS noted that the 7-inch tablets — dominated by Samsung, Amazon and Barnes & Noble — are now the fastest-growing tablet segment.
In 2012 the 9-inch segment will comprise 59 percent of the market, with 74.3 million units shipping. This is up 35 percent from 2011.
Wayne, N.J. – Retailer Toys “R” Us is launching its first private-label consumer electronics product, a $149 Android 4.0 tablet that will be available exclusively in company stores nationwide on Oct. 21.
The tablet is available for preorder on the chain’s website.
The 7-inch multitouch Wi-Fi tablet , called Tabeo, is targeted to children and features 50 free, preinstalled entertainment and education apps. It also comes with parental control of website access.
Seattle — Amazon today introduced a heavily updated Kindle Fire line by rolling out three new models, including a $499 4G LTE version.
The Kindle Fire HD family includes the 8.9-inch $499 4G LTE model, a $299 Wi-Fi-only model and a 7-inch Fire for $199. The first two have a 1,920 by 1,200 HD display, while the second features a 1, 280 by 800 display.
The 7-inch is available with either 16GB or 32GB of storage and the larger screens add a 64GB option.
Shenzhen, China – Huawei expanded its selection of flagship Ascend smartphones and its MediaPad tablet lineup with a new Android 4.0 phone and a 7-inch Android 4.0 tablet.
The supplier also announced September availability in foreign countries of its MediaPad 10 FHD tablet equipped with 4G LTE/HSPA+, 10.1-inch display, and Android 4.0 OS.
U.S. availability of the three devices hasn’t been announced.
Seattle – Amazon.com said it has run out of Kindle Fire tablets.
The announcement comes one week ahead of the e-tailer’s expected debut of a Kindle Fire 2 model.
Amazon said the $199 Kindle Fire captured 22 percent of the U.S. tablet market in its first nine months, and has been the company’s best-selling product since its launch nearly one year ago.
New York – Lenovo introduced new Android-based tablets at IFA 2012 in Berlin.
The Android tablets are the IdeaTab S2110, A2107 and A2109. The S2110 and A2109 are now shipping with starting prices of $399 and $299, respectively. The A2107 will ship later this year, pricing has not been set.