Monthly Archives: October 2011

iOS Leads Tablet OS Through 2017

Santa Clara, Calif., October 24, 2011—Shipments of tablet PCs with ARM processors are expected to grow 211% Y/Y in 2011 to 59.9 million units, while tablet PCs with x86 processors (typically used in notebook and netbook PCs) are not expected to experience strong growth until 2013, according to the newly-launched DisplaySearch Tablet Quarterly report. Similarly, Windows 8, which is also associated with mobile PCs, is not expected to take significant share until 2013. Global tablet shipments are expected to reach nearly 330 million units by 2017, up from less than 60 million units in 2011, so this market segment

“The tablet PC and notebook PC markets are on a collision course as both product categories continue to evolve and improve on their respective weaknesses,” said Richard Shim, DisplaySearch Senior Analyst. “As such, each product category will influence the other over time. Still, the incumbent platforms have inherent advantages in the early years.”

Worldwide Tablet PC Shipments (Forecast by Processor)

As pictured in the graph below, the NPD Group-owned research team predicts that global tablet shipments are expected to reach nearly 330 million units by 2017 — up from less than 60 million units in 2011.


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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0

Just how many Galaxy Tabs are there out in the market at the moment? It is a question that certainly warrants an answer considering how Samsung loves to lump an entire family’s worth of devices under a single name. Well, we do know that it all started off with the original 7″ Galaxy Tab that while it was no iPad killer, it certainly did help Samsung figure out more on just what consumers wanted. Well, I guess with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that proved to be quite a winner in our books, their experience has brought them to the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus now.

What’s so special about the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus? For starters, it will feature a Peel Smart Remote App that is said to deliver a powerful “Discover, Tap and Watch” home entertainment experience. Basically, Peel is supposed to enable users to instantly find and watch their favorite TV shows – while having the ability to stumble upon new shows depending on your preferences that have been entered into the Tab 7.0 Plus via the touchscreen display.

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KOBO – Vox

Based on Kobo’s #1-rated Android eReading experience, Kobo Vox was built by readers for readers.  People can access their entire library on the go, in an easy to hold, lightweight design with a comfortable quilted back. The Kobo Vox comes in a selection of four contemporary, fun, new colors – Hot Pink, Lime Green, Ice Blue and Jet Black, giving a choice of options to reflect personal style, and delivers a superior user experience that allows users to easily navigate their library, scroll through books, and turn pages with a tap or swipe, plus personalize their reading experience with highlights, annotations, adjustable fonts and more.  The Kobo Vox has onboard storage for up to 8000 eBooks, with expandable storage to hold up to 40,000 books, and access to unlimited storage in the Kobo cloud.  With Kobo, you can read continuously across devices with free top rated Kobo apps available for most popular smartphones, tablets and computers.  Developed on Android 2.3, readers have the freedom to customize their experience to best suit their personal needs and preferences.

Building on the industry leading social platform, Reading Life, users can now choose to connect with friends or create book clubs and discuss their favorite reads on Facebook, track their reading statistics, and unlock fun and exciting awards just for reading.  The recent innovation of Kobo Pulse™ takes social reading to a new level – readers can  feel the pulse of a book, start conversations, share comments and thoughts and leave reviews by ‘Liking’, ‘Disliking’ and/or commenting, real-time, with others who are reading the same book.  Kobo Pulse provides the ultimate source for book recommendations, as the suggestions come from friends and ‘like’ minded readers whose opinions and interests are similar and trusted.

Now, “The End” is never the end.  Kobo is the first eReading platform to be integrated with Facebook Ticker and Timeline to enable further reading discovery and entertainment.


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Kobo Introduces “VOX” … Amazon Fire Competitor

In an effort to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire, e-reading company Kobo is launching a tablet of its own: The $199.99 Kobo Vox, a 7-inch Android, WiFi color tablet that starts shipping October 28. How does it stack up to the Kindle Fire?

Kobo’s website appears to be promoting the Vox primarily as an e-reader, more similar to the Nook Color than to an iPad. By contrast, Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) is stressing the Kindle Fire’s tablet features—Web, video, music—above the e-reading experience. That said, the Vox has tablet-like functions: It has e-mail, a web browser, and music through Rdio, and offers access to an open Android app store. Like the Kindle Fire (and unlike the iPad), it is WiFi-only, no 3G


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Adobe Proto

Adobe announces Proto a wireframe. Website design tool that will take advance of their other new product Creative Cloud.

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Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe announced their Creative Cloud today at Adobe Max. The cloud will allow access to all their apps online. Includes automatic syncing between all devices. Prices to come in November.


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