By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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 – 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.
El Segundo, Calif. – Strong demand for smaller size tablets helped resulted in panel shipments more than doubling during the first quarter, according to IHS iSuppli.
The research firm reported that global shipments of capacitive touch displays hit 45.2 million units during the first quarter, up from 21.3 million during the same period in 2012, which is a 119 percent improvement.
San Mateo, Calif. – Tablet shipments were up almost 60 percent to 45.1 million units during the second quarter, but could have been even higher, according to an IDC report.
The research firm noted that shipments were down 10 percent from the first quarter of 2013 and it blamed the lack of a new iPad by Apple this spring as the culprit for the fall off.
Apple shipped 14.6 million units during the second quarter, down from 19.5 million during the previous quarter. Apple also saw a shortfall compared to 2012 second quarter when it shipped 17 million units.
Arlington, Va. – Tablet ownership in the U.S. is expected to reach half of all households in the next 12 to 18 months according to Consumer Electronics Association research.
Four in 10 (41 percent) online U.S. consumers indicated they own a tablet, roughly on par with ownership rates reported in March 2013 (40 percent), according to CEA’s “Consumer Outlook on Tablets: Q3 2013” report, which examines trend information on consumer behavior and sentiment from April through June 2013.
Here are four scary factoids.
*About 25 percent of the 4 million Android apps currently available pose a security threat.
*About 40 percent of all smartphone owners have no idea that mobile security software exists.
*Smartphones do not ship with any security software installed.
*There is little effort on the part of, phone manufacturers, the carriers or retailers to inform consumers of the threat or security available.
Santa Clara, Calif. – A wide-ranging study by NPD DisplaySearch has found the majority of smartphone and tablet owners watch TV on the devices, but this habit is not crimping TV sales.
The Quarterly Multi-Screen Usage Study noted that 85 percent of tablet and 65 percent of smartphone users view online content via their device, instead of their TV, at least some of the time. However, this trend is not having a negative impact on larger-screen TV sales.
El Segundo, Calif. – Shipments of tablet displays are surpassing expectations as Chinese white-box manufacturers pour into the category, according to an IHS report.
Shipments are expected to increase 6 percent this year totaling 262 million, up from the 246 million originally forecast. Year over year shipments are up 69 percent from the 155 million shipped in 2012.
The main boost has come from Chinese smartphone makers who have jumped into the tablet business, said Ricky Park, IHS’s senior manager for large-area displays.
New York – There are a variety of ways tablets and smartphones can and should interact with a home’s main TV, and those mobile devices can also help in selling the experience at retail.
That was the consensus of a panel called “Selling The Second Screen at Retail,” held Thursday morning during the 2nd Screen Summit here, produced by the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance, and New Bay Media’s TWICE, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News.