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Denver – Archos this month ships a trio of Platinum-series Android tablets that offer faster CPUs than their predecessors and add dual-band Wi-Fi.
The three models in the top-end series are priced at $199, $269 and $299.
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Stamford, Conn. – About 102 billion mobile apps will be downloaded this year, with total revenue generated at $26 billion, according to a Gartner study.
The 2013 figure is up from the 64 billion downloaded in 2012, and Gartner is forecasting yearly downloads of 268.7 billion by 2017. The iOS and Android ecosystems now account for 90 percent of all apps downloaded.
In 2013, 91 percent of the apps downloaded were free; this figure will climb in small increments until it reaches 94.5 percent in 2017.
New York – Microsoft plans Oct. 22 U.S. availability of upgraded Surface tablets that feature the new Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro operating systems, faster CPUs, longer battery lives and a two-position kickstand.
Microsoft is also expanding its selection of Surface Pro models to four from two with two models offering the same amount of RAM (4GB) and embedded memory (64GB and 128GB) as the original two Surface Pro models and two other new models offering 8GB RAM with embedded memory of 256GB and 512GB.
Brisbane, Calif. — Headphone and accessories maker Monster is entering the tablet market with two Android 4.1 models, one with a 7-inch HD display and the other with a 10.1-inch display.
The 7-inch model is the M7, which is available exclusively online at Walmart.com at $149. The 10.1-inch M10, whose price and features weren’t disclosed, will launch later in the fall through distribution channels that likewise weren’t disclosed.
Egham, England — Brand name is no longer king when it comes to how a consumer chooses which tablet to buy, according to Gartner.
The research firm’s latest end-user survey of tablet owners found that these folks now place design and price over manufacturer when picking out a product. The survey comprised 728 tablet owners in the U.S., U.K. and Australia.
These results greatly differ from Gartner’s last end-user survey in 2011, when brand was the leading factor behind purchase. Brand is now ranked third in importance.
San Diego – Sony is segmenting the tablet market with the launch of the Xperia Tablet Z: Kitchen Edition at a suggested $649.
Sony is taking its water-resistant, ruggedized 10.1-inch Xperia Tablet Z, promoted as the world's thinnest 10.1-inch tablet, and offering it in a white version with 32GB memory. It’s packaged with $115 worth of content, recipes, and accessories, including a folding countertop stand, to “make cooking in the kitchen simpler and more convenient,” the company said.
Framingham, Mass. – Stockings will be stuffed with tablets this Christmas, according to IDC.
The research firm expects tablet shipments to surpass the combined total of laptops and desktops for the fourth quarter of 2013. PCs will retain their leadership position for the full year and 2014, but IDC is forecasting that tablets will surpass PCs on an annual basis by 2015.
Seoul, South Korea — LG will re-enter the tablet market at this week’s IFA 2013 trade show, where it will show an 8.3-inch Android tablet.
The unit will be rolled out globally in North America, Europe, Asia as well as other regions starting in the fourth quarter. Pricing of the LG G Pad 8.3 was not announced.
The Android 4.2.2 device, part of the company’s flagship G series of mobile devices, is promoted as the first 8-inch tablet with FullHD display.
New York – E-reader company Kobo is diving deeper into tablets.
During a press conference yesterday, the Toronto-based company launched three new Google-certified Android color tablets, unveiled a new black-and-white e-reader, and unveiled new services.
The company previously offered a single color tablet alongside four black-and-white dedicated e-readers.
Seoul, South Korea - Samsung will compete with a growing number of kids’ tablets with the introduction of its first kid-targeted tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids.
The yellow tablet will feature preloaded Samsung-designed educational apps, parental controls, and access to applications available through the Kids Samsung Apps store. The tablet will also access Google Play and feature the full array of Google services.
Pricing wasn’t disclosed.