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All posts tagged "Tablets"

  • We’re still buying loads of tablets, but iOS isn’t winning any more

    There may be some truth to the notion that our love affair with tablets is over (or at least not as passionate as it once was), but that doesn't mean we're going to stop buying them any time soon. According to tech research company Gartner, worldwide sales of tablets reached 195.4-million units in 2013, a 68% increase on 2012. While that's not the same kind of growth we've seen in previous years, it does show that the market isn't completely flooded. As is to be expected, much of that growth came from emerging markets countries with low-end smaller screen tablets...

  • How long before tablet saturation? IDC predicts single digit growth by 2017

    If you were one of those people who thought that the iPad was a giant, pointless version of the iPhone, chances are you've changed your mind recently. The global tablet market has exploded over the past few years, finding applications in areas of life even Steve Jobs couldn't have dreamed of. Like all big technology form factors however, its growth will inevitably slow down. Indeed, technology research house IDC reckons that tablet growth could slow to single digit figures by 2017. The company says that worldwide tablet shipments are expected to reach 221.3-million units in 2013, down slightly from...

  • When devices outnumber people: considering the consequences

    Four years from now, in 2017, the global human population is expected to reach 7.4-billion. By this same time, we expect the global installed base of connected video devices to surpass 8.1 billion. What can we expect from a world where, on average, every person on the face of the Earth possesses at least one connected smartphone, tablet, PC, game console, Smart TV, or set-top box? The economic consequences of connectivity extend far beyond the realm of media and technology. Commerce, education, healthcare, trade, banking, the structure of interpersonal relationships… none of these areas is likely to be left untouched...

  • Global device market on the up thanks to cheaper tablets, smartphones

    The global tech giants will be pleased to hear this. We're still buying devices in their billions, with little sign of a slowdown in sight. There's one big exception to that rule though: we're buying less PCs than ever. In fact, reports tech research house Gartner, worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.32-billion units in 2013, a 4.5% increase from 2012. The vast majority of that growth however comes from tablets and smartphones, especially among those at the lower end of the pricing spectrum. Tablet shipments alone are expected to grow...

  • Lenovo sells more phones and tablets than PCs for first time

    If you're in the hardware game, it might not be a bad idea to pay very close attention to Lenovo. The Chinese company is not only the world's top PC manufacturer, it's also now doing a roaring trade in smartphones and tablets. In its latest financial results, the hardware giant revealed that it actually sold more mobile smart devices than it did PCs in the last quarter. That's pretty impressive, considering that its managed to buck the worldwide decline in PC sales. Lenovo’s PC shipments for the first fiscal quarter were 12.6-million units, giving it 16.7% of global...

  • The power of the Apple brand: iPad still top tablet in Asia

    Take a little test by yourself: say the word "tablet", and what is the first thing that pops into your mind? The iPad. While there are many other tablets out there, the iPad is the first one everyone thinks of. Even in Android-dominated Asia, the iPad still owns the Asian market in terms of sales. Analysys International reports that the US tech company still dominates after third quarter sales puts them at 71% of the market. Second place Lenovo only comes in at 10%. This is quite significant considering that in the region's largest market China Android makes up about...

  • Could the iPad really own 85% of the tablet market?

    Well now, here's something to nibble on. New research suggests that Apple now 85% of the global tablet market -- around 20% more than research company Gartner predicts it will have by the end of this year. The research, from web-monitoring company Pingdom uses data from global web usage on tablets. And it makes for some sorry reading for anyone in the anti-Apple brigade. The Cupertino-based tech giant's tablet is completely dominant, laying claim to around 85.7% of the market. Android devices meanwhile only make up around 13% of the global tablet space with BlackBerry's PlayBook and various...

  • The smartphone revolution may be unstoppable, but it’s only just begun

    Last month, we gave you the low-down on internet prophet Mary Meeker's 2012 Internet Trends. One of the things that Meeker pointed out is that mobile traffic is growing at a tremendous rate, accounting for nearly 10% of all internet traffic. Interestingly, 3G subscriptions only account for 18% of the world's total mobile subscriptions. The enormous number of 3G subscriptions that took place in emerging markets like India and Brazil suggest that mobile is exploding in a way that very few other technologies ever achieve in a year. The driving force for this is the smartphone. But analysts are...

  • Microsoft Surface: Diplomacy is for the birds

    The Microsoft Surface looks alright... nice one Microsoft. But, while you were strutting your stuff on the catwalk of LA’s swanky Milk Studios, could you hear the collective grumble rising from the tech industry? The Surface is an assault on your arch enemy’s iPad and MacBook Air, turned up to eleven, but you’ve offended your hardware partners. You see the Surface as an archetype, your hardware partners see it as a competing device for tablets and Ultrabooks. By saying things like "this has specs that rivals that of the best Ultrabooks that have ever been announced," you’re not making any...

  • Microsoft may have finally cracked the convergence code with Surface tablets

    The gloves are off as Microsoft, for the first time, commits to a range of computers that bears its own name. In a very Apple-like way Microsoft held a super-secret event in Los Angeles which got the Tech world speculating and claiming all sorts of inside info. Many were close, predicting a Microsoft tablet. The reality was far bigger than the hype suggested. Microsoft launched a well-executed and extremely innovative range of tablets appropriately called Surface. The Microsoft Surface tablet is, in some ways, just the beginning of a new resurgence from the Redmond-based giant that has actually been...

  • Web traffic from tablets to beat smartphones by 2013 [Report]

    Look, we all know tablets are selling in their droves. What you might not know though is that they’re about to eclipse smartphones as a means of connecting to the web. According to the latest report from Adobe’s Digital Index, tablets will generate more web traffic than smartphones by 2013. In fact, web usage on tablets has grown nearly 10 times faster since they were introduced a couple of years ago than...

  • Why Microsoft blocking third-party browsers is no cause for panic

    Go to most boardrooms today and you’ll see less and less people with laptops and more people using tablets and smartphones. As Android and iOS have firmly cemented themselves into the on-the-move computing via tablets and smartphones, Microsoft is yet to make its cautious leap into the fray. While Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system still dominates in laptop sales, the truth is that more people are looking to tablets for running around. Enter Windows 8. Microsoft has already partnered with Nokia to introduce its smartphone OS to the world, and while the launch has arguably been a bit of a flop, all...

  • Why the new iPad might not be the tablet that saves journalism

    “Sorry, it is not available,” the shop assistant told me. Ordering online wasn't a possibility either; the ASUS Transformer was nowhere to be found. My rooted, white Pandigital tablet was too clumsy and slow for the job of mobile reporting and reading. I needed a real, powerful tablet. After quite some time, I decided to change my church -- if there was no open source Android tablet, then I would take the new iPad. I had almost bought one, when a shop assistant mentioned he had two of the ASUS Transformers in stock. Here's why I went for the latter....

  • Mobile sensors to be worth $6bn by 2016 [Report]

    Micro Electronic Mechanical Systems (MEMS) are crucial pieces of equipment in our smartphones and tablets. You might take them for granted, or might not even know what they are, but 4-billion are set to be built into our mobile devices by 2016. MEMS include accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and others such as pressure, humidity, and temperature sensors -- some of which are crucial to the Augmented Reality and Location-based services found in so...

  • Egypt to supply 10k university students with tablets

    Egypt is set to give out free tablets to some 10 000 university students. According to Cairo-based newspaper Al-Ahram, the project is a collaboration between the ministries of education and communication. It was announced at Cairo's ICT conference. It is unclear how precisely the government will decide who the tablets go to, but they will be distributed over the next six months according to who needs them most. It also unclear...