By Lisa Johnston
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FRAMINGHAM, MASS. – Android’s share of the worldwide tablet shipment grew slightly in 2012 at the expense of Apple’s share, research and consulting company IDC said.
Through 2016, however, Apple and Android unit share will both shrink by several percentage points as the share of Windows tablets (including Windows 8 and Windows RT) rises from 2.9 percent in 2012 to 10.3 percent in 2016, IDC forecast.
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.
NEW YORK — T-Mobile’s plans to sell Apple products sometime next year will be good news for Apple, bad news for Android smartphone makers, and possibly good news for T-Mobile — if the Apple devices help reverse shrinking postpaid customer base that has declined every quarter since the third quarter of 2009, analysts said.
SAN FRANCISCO – Computer accessories supplier Elgato has begun offering a dongle that turns iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches into TV screens for viewing free live mobile-DTV broadcasts transmitted by local stations under the Dyle Mobile TV brand.
SANTA CLARA, CALIF. – Magellan expanded its selection of portable navigation devices (PNDs) for RV users with the line’s first 5-inch model, which is targeted to RVs with smaller dashes.
The RoadMate RV5365T-LMB will be available in January at a suggested $299 through Magellan’s consumer electronics and online retailers. It will join the company’s 7-inch RV selection, which was expanded in May.
ENGLEWOOD, COLO. — A Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal to repurpose Dish’s 2GHz satellite spectrum for a terrestrial voice and broadband network includes restrictions that “could cripple our ability” to enter the wireless voice and data market and add years of delay to the rollout, a Dish executive said.
But the FCC isn’t relenting.
Dish asked the FCC in May to approve its plans to use the 40MHz of satellite spectrum for terrestrial use.
NEW YORK – New 4G-equipped tablets from Samsung and Google hit the market in mid-November while the industry waited for the delayed launch of the 4G LTE versions of Apple’s iPad Mini and fourth-generation iPad.
In Wi-Fi-only tablets, Google launched the Samsungmade Android 4.2 10-inch Nexus 10 on Nov. 13 at $399 for the 16GB version and at $499 for the 32GB version. And in early November, Google began selling the Wi-Fionly Nexus 7 7-inch tablet, equipped with Android 4.1, on the Google Play store in 16GB ($199) and 32GB ($249) versions.
NEW YORK – The wireless industry is buzzing about the prominence of the first Windows Phone 8 smartphones in carriers’ marketing plans, the growing selection of smartphone/tablet hybrids, and the launch of HTC’s 5-inch smartphone, the company’s biggest-screen phone to date.
The industry is also talking about the price of AT&T’s Nokia Lumia 820, which at $49 suggests that carriers are trying to wean themselves off highly subsidized Apple iPhones.
NEW YORK – Vendors and car- riers continued to leak out more details about their smartphone and tablet plans for the holidays, with phablets and tablets — particularly Oct. 26 availability of Windows 8 tablets — garnering much of the in- dustry’s attention.
(For more on the launch of the iPad Mini and fourth-generation iPad, see story at left.)
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NEW YORK — The launch of the 7.9- inch iPad Mini may have been a defen- sive move to gain sales in a tablet seg- ment pioneered by Apple’s rivals, but the launch will dramatically increase Apple’s iPad sales, analysts said.
With a starting price of $329 for a Wi-Fi version, however, the Mini will leave room in the market for 7-inch An- droid tablets priced from $159 to $299 from such companies as Google, Ama- zon, Kobo and Barnes & Noble, multiple analysts added.
NEW YORK – Sprint will expand its LTE smartphone portfolio and launch a series of Android phones, while T-Mobile will launch a mix of Android and Windows Phone 8 smartphones.
Here’s what they and Verizon have announced:
Sprint: The carrier will expand its portfolio of 4G LTE devices in the coming weeks with the launch of five more devices, including two from Samsung and two from LG.
The introductions will bring to 13 the number of LTE devices intended for Sprint’s network.