According to Digitimes, Samsung plans to launch 7-inch, 8-inch and 10.1-inch tablets as well as a series of ultrabooks in 2013 following its success gained with sales of smartphones.
The 7-inch and 10.1-inch tablets are both set to appear in retail channels in the first half of 2013 to avoid directly competing against any Apple devices that are estimated to come out in the second half of the year. In addition to the 7-inch model with a US$149-199 price range, Samsung is also considering an 8-inch device with a price range between US$249-299 to fill the gap between its 7-inch tablet and entry-level iPad mini, which is priced at around US$329.
Samsung is estimated to have shipped 15 million tablets in 2012 and is aiming to ship 40 million units in 2013.
Carphone Warehouse has made everyone extra-excited with the announcement that they will be giving away free 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 for the first 2000 people who pre-ordered the Galaxy S 4. Although the Tab 2 is not the latest by Samsung under this category, there is no doubt that those who placed their orders first will really appreciate Carphone's promo and that no other mobile vendors in the country will be able to beat that offer.
Also, Carphone has not released pricing information for the Galaxy S 4 yet, but on average it will possibly go for £520, without contract.
The Galaxy S 4 was recently launched in a highly-publicized event in NY and it has broken records as the device that has the highest number of pre-registered units. Getting a phone that is as awesome as the S 4, along with a free Galaxy Tab, will just really blow anyone's mind away.
Samsung reportedly is planning to release a 12.2in tablet in the third quarter as it looks to further challenge Apple's iPad. The rumor is according to a report from ETNews who claims that Samsung Display and Sharp are set to supply a display of 12.2″ to Samsung Electronics for an upcoming device, and since these displays are manufactured by Sharp, they will come equipped with IGZO technology and could potentially sport a display resolution of 2560×1600. The device is also expected to come with a stylus, a feature which is found as part of Samsung's Galaxy Note range which explains why there is speculation that this could be a Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 device.
Calling the Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2, will also feature an included S Pen stylus, which means we can expect to see the usual set of preloaded apps such as S Note and S Planner. It's unclear yet which version of Android the tablet will run, but it's likely to be Google's yet unannounced Android 4.3 mobile operating system, skinned with Samsung's Touchwiz user interface.
There's no word on a release date or pricing yet, but Samsung is likely to announce the device in August or September.
Source: korean news
We first heard about the possibility of a 12-inch Android-powered Samsung tablet back in June, when Korean-based ET News reported that the massive tab would feature an impressive 2560 x 1600 resolution. Besides the resolution, all we knew at the time was that the tablet allegedly would arrive in the not-too-distant future.
According to a market research firm IDC, Samsung Electronics sold 8.1 million units of tablet PCs in the second quarter of this year, up 2.1 million units from a year ago, with its market share rising to 18.9 percent worldwide, a 2.5-fold jump year on year.
That same report speculated that the display could match the resolution of Google's smaller Nexus 10, which is manufactured by Samsung.
Apple is also reportedly considering larger tablets. Needless to say, if both Samsung and Apple come out with larger tablets, others will follow suit.
HP joins the tablet-manufacturing bandwagon and another Android tablet will hit the market under the name of Slate 7. It will run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, instead of the webOS, which just goes to show how Android has totally killed smaller operating systems and has left a lot of companies with no choice but to switch to their platform.
The Slate 7 (for 7 inches), priced at $169 is a lot more affordable than its closest competitor the Asus Nexus 7 and it features a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor that clocks in at 1.6 GHz with 1 GB memory. It has 8GB internal and an expandable storage using a microSD card. It has front and rear cameras and its audio is powered by Beats.
Although it has a lower resolution display as compared to the Asus tablet and it is a good entry-level tablet for those who don't care to update their operating systems each time. It also comes with an HP application that allows you to print-an excellent value for the price.
Some more details about the Google Nexus 10 tablet are been rumored around the web, according to the semi-conductor focus website BrightSide of New, Google will be showing off a Galaxy Nexus 10 tablet at Mobile World Congress. If rumors are true, the next-gen Nexus tablet will sport a quad-core processor and new 8-core Mali-T678 GPU, 4 million pixel, 300ppi resolution would suffice to choke even the best mobile can offer.
According to the people we spoke with, the new Nexus 10 addresses that with a significant increase in "digital horsepower", moving from a dual-core to a multi-core design, with the T604 GPU core being replaced with an 8-core T628 GPU. If our sources hold true, the Nexus 10 refresh might be the first design out the door packing the Mali T678 GPGPU chip. This chip supports from a single to an 8-core design with all the bells and whistles one might come to expect from a desktop 2013 GPU.
If these sources are correct, the device could be on display at MWC, but may not ship for months, the earliest introduction of Google Nexus 10 is expected at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona. We don't know of pricing yet but it'll likely hover around the same price as the original, or probably a little bit higher.
The android market is constantly featuring new applications from developers worldwide. And because there is also an increase in demand for android tablets, these app developers are already starting to focus on creating better experience for tablet users. Because of the nature of this type of gadget, developers have begun taking advantage of the bigger screen and resolution to add more functionality to their apps.
And to display Google's support for the developers, they have given the developers the chance to feature their app optimizations on the Google Play Developer console. Developers can now upload screenshots of these apps, which can be viewed by consumers on their 7-inch or bigger tablets.
In addition, Google updated an app quality checklist that was created in October. This checklist includes tips and guidelines that help developers maintain a high app quality, aside from technical requirements to ensure full tablet app functionality. The update will help consumers choose good tablet applications in the market.
Having launched the Nexus 7 last summer, Google and Nexus seem to be preparing the second generation Nexus 7.
With Google's I/O conference being held between the 15th and 17th of May, the upcoming Asus-manufactured tablet may be unveiled there, according to DigiTimes.
The new Nexus 7 features a thinner bezel and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display running on the Android Jellybean platform. Pricing should be similar to that of the Nexus 7: $199 for the 8GB version, $249 for the 16GB one, and $299 for the 32GB one. Its retailing date is yet to be announced.
Sales are expected to surpass 6 million units this month. Similarly, Google is preparing to launch a Nexus 10 tablet featuring a quad-core CPU and an eight-core Mali T678 GPU to be manufactured by Samsung.
Beautiful Widgets, the perfect widgets application get a facelift and is back in a brand new version!
Tons of widgets, tons of themes, just for you. Beautiful Widgets is your best friend for customizing your home screen. Make it personal, be unique & express yourself.
Beautiful Widgets was the first paid app reaching 1 million of downloads. It has been Google Editor's Choice for more than a year, and more then 3 years in the top #5 paid applications in the Android Play Store (previously Android Market).
What's in this version 5.1:
- - New weather provider WeatherUnderground
- - New Forecast Fragment Lifestyles
- - New widgets for tablets
- - New beta channel
- - New layouts for WeatherWidgets 4x1
- - The geolocation can be removed
- - Add a setting to disable the weather animations
- - Hide Home Fragment, and put Tutorial when there is no widgets
- - New translations
- - Physical menu button opens the Sliding menu in the Forecast Screen
- - Fix a lot of bugs
The NFC Ring will be able to activate any NFC reader, but smartphones will be the easiest to implement. There is already an app in Google Play that lets you unlock a device with NFC, and the NFC Ring would make that super-convenient. If you have an NFC lock on your door, the NFC Ring can be used to open it. Much less common than a phone with NFC, but still neat. The NFC tag is only on one side, so you won't have to worry about it triggering a reader unless you hold your hand in a certain way.
- Unlock your Smart phone or tablet
Take your NFC enabled phone out of your pocket, slide your hand on the back and the NFC Ring can unlock it. It couldn't be easier. The NFC Ring comes with two special NFC tag inlays inside the ring, one for public information and one for more sensitive stuff.
- Lock and unlock your door
Want to be able to use your ring to open your house? No problem. Just grab yourself an NFC enabled door lock, install it and your NFC Ring can interact with it.
- Water Resistant
The NFC Ring is water resistant and has been testing to a depth of 50m.
- Share & Transfer information
You can use your NFC Ring to share Wifi information, links to websites, links to pictures, contact information or whatever you think is suitable to be passed securely to your friends smartphone's and tablets.
You can also use your NFC Ring to start apps with custom settings (parameters) which makes it even easier to use your device. How about turning wifi or bluetooth on for example, at the swipe of a hand?
- No charging required
The NFC Ring never needs charging, ever.
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