By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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.
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.
Port Washington, N.Y. – It is becoming more obvious that consumers are moving their online activity away from their PC and onto mobile devices.
The NPD Group issued a report today stating that 37 percent of those who used to access online content via their PC — whether desktop or laptop — are now using their tablet or smartphone.
Framingham, Mass. – The Apple iPad has not lost its edge, but it is getting a bit more dull.
The research firm IDC reported Apple is still the top tablet vendor, shipping 22.9 million units globally during the fourth quarter, a 48.1 percent increase over the same period last year. The company ended the quarter with 43.6 percent of the market.
Overall, 52.5 million tablets were shipped worldwide, a 75 percent jump year over year. IDC analysts credited the wider array of tablets now available for the increase.
Cupertino, Calif. – Apple is expanding its iPad selection with a 128GB version of its fourth-generation iPad with Wi-Fi and the fourth-generation Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
Apple said it expects the higher storage capacity to help it make inroads to enterprises that regularly use large amounts of data for such things as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, project blueprints, training videos and service manuals.
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.