The numbers are in for how many tablets where sold during the last quarter of 2012 and although Apple remains at the top, strong competition from companies selling Android based tablets means that Apple’s Q4 market share decreased by nearly three percent. Overall the number of tablets shipped far exceeded predictions and according to preliminary data, from the International Data Corporation (IDC), a record-breaking  52.5 million units were shipped worldwide during the last three months of 2012. This means that the tablet market grew over 75% when compared to 2011. Between July and September 2012 some 30 million tablets where shipped while the new Q4 figures show an extra 22 million tablets, which is a 74% increase in just three months! Apple is still the biggest tablet vendor and the Cupertino based company managed to ship 22.9 million units in the run up to the end of the year. That is about 43% of the market. In second place comes Samsung with 7.9 million tablets shipped or 15% of the market. Interestingly, Samsung’s tablets sales are made up of Android and Windows based models. Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble had good quarters with Amazon shipping more than 6 million tablets during the quarter and Barnes & Noble managed close to a million units. This means that Amazon’s market share rose from 8.3% during the summer to 11.5% by the end of the year. The biggest disappoint was the number of units shipped by Asus. Although the company holds the number four spot, its quarterly share dropped from 7.8% to 5.8%, this is worrying as Asus’ numbers include Nexus 7 shipments. But looking at the whole year Asus shipped 400% more tablets in 2012 than it did in 2011! Microsoft doesn’t appear in the top five tablet vendors but according to the data Redmond did manage to ship […]

Dropbox is to bring some big changes in coming months, with a greater emphasis on image sharing and file previews. Gone are the days of structured folders; the future seems to be document previews! Read more…

ZTE’s invitations to its Mobile World Congress event hint at the launch of its first Firefox OS handset, as its 5.7-inch, 1.7GHz quad-core Grand Memo phablet makes its first public appearance. Read more…

The next time you do your grocery shopping, don’t be surprised to see Acer’s latest budget tablet – the Iconia B1 — being offered there. According to reports, several supermarkets in the UK have begun selling the Jelly Bean tablet. For now, the Iconia B1 is available in ASDA and Sainsburys, but others may have stock of the tab as well. As for the kicker, the 7-inch tablet can be yours for £99. This is in line with what the B1 is expected to go for in Europe (€119). The Acer Iconia B1 is £100 cheaper than the Nexus 7, which at first glance might make it the more attractive buy, but note that the lower price comes at the expense of its specs. For example, the 7-inch display on the B1 only boasts a 1,024 x 600 resolution. You’ll also only be getting a dual-core 1.2GHz MediaTek MTK 8317T processor and 512MB of RAM. Other specs of the tablet include an 8GB internal storage, a microSD slot (up to 32GB of extra storage), a front-facing camera, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Planning to make the trip to get the B1? Let us know in the comments below. Related Posts Acer Iconia B1 now selling in Singapore and Indonesia for $160 Acer’s quad-core Iconia Tab A110 now up on Amazon, 7-inch Jelly Bean tablet for $230 Acer Iconia B1-A71 pricing and release date for Europe official

Trying to work out exactly what we’ll be seeing in Samsung’s next line-up of tablets is a bit confusing. We’ve had various model numbers thrown around, rumored screen sizes, and code-names announced, but narrowing down exactly where each product will end-up in the line-up has been a difficult task. Fortunately, Techkiddy is shedding some light on the situation. Having just given us some leaked benchmarks for the rumored Tab 3 Plus, they’ve also come up with some User Agent profiles, which confirm that there will be three variants of the Galaxy Tab 3 heading our way. Hidden within the data, we can identify three distinct devices with the model numbers GT-P3200, GT-P5200 and the GT-P8200. Interestingly, the data also tells us a little bit about each device. The GT-P3200 will definitely be the entry level device in the new Galaxy Tab 3 series, as it will come with a standard 1024×600 resolution display. This is exactly the same as the display resolution in the current 7 inch Galaxy Tab 2. Next up is the GT-P5200, which has a display resolution of 1280×800. Whilst this is the current display resolution of the 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab 2, there’s also the GT-8200 which has a display boasting an impressive 2500×1600 pixels. It looks like the GT-8200 will be the new high end 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab 3, but where does that leave the GT-5200? It was rumoured that the GT-5200 would be Samsung’s new 10.1 inch tablet, and if these rumors are still true then Samsung will have two large tablets on sales at once, possibly a Tab 3 and Tab 3 Plus? But if the benchmark evidence that the GT-8200 is only packing a dual-core processor is accurate then Samsung could have two 10.1 inch tablets on the market, but neither […]

Though some of the recent reports involving Samsung’s upcoming line of tablets have been a bit confusing, things are starting to clear up. We’re still not 100% sure how many new slates Sammy will bring to light during Q1 2013, but the Note 8.0, Tab 3 10.1 and Tab 3 Plus seem set in stone. Yes, that’s right, the Tab 3 Plus too, although we did have some trouble believing Samsung will be unveiling two 10-inchers practically at the same time. Why are we so certain this big guy is coming? Simply because there’s usually no smoke without fire in the Android décor, and when it comes to this Tab 3 Plus there’s already a big, thick cloud of smoke. The latest story involving the slate comes from an old and reliable source of ours, TechKiddy, who’s got ahold of an AnTuTu benchmark starring the GT-P8200. The test “confirms” big chunks of the spec sheet, including a 1.7 GHz Exynos 5 Dual CPU, Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, and a 2,560 x 1,600 pix res 10-inch panel. That’s all nice and dandy, but at the same time it’s exactly what the Google-Samsung Nexus 10 is rocking. Then again, something has to be different, because this Galaxy Tab 3 Plus has supposedly scored a 13,377 in AnTuTu, while the Nexus 10 is unable to go above the 9,000 points mark. So will there be a snappier quad-core processor inside Samsung’s future tablet after all? Or is the leaked AnTuTu benchmark all screwed up? No idea, but we should hear all about the Galaxy Tab 3 Plus come MWC in February. Who’s excited? Related Posts Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus spotted in AnTuTu benchmark, to come with dual-core CPU Samsung GT-I9600 emerges in benchmark, new member of the Galaxy S family or shameless fake? Google […]

We’ve known for sometime that Office support for additional platforms is coming but *when* is still up for debate. But based on new information sent to Neowin, the wait might be nearly over. Read more…

HTC has announced it will hold press events in New York and London on February 19, where it is expected to show off a new flagship smartphone, bypassing the World Mobile Congress event. Read more…

While we know Samsung’s planning plenty for us to see in Barcelona in a few weeks, we’re still not certain on the specifics. Perhaps, then, it’s got a handful of tablets for us. That’s what these handful of User Agent profiles purport to show us. The model numbers GT-P3200, GT-P5200 and the GT-P8200 suggest that they’ll join the Galaxy Tab family, although these profiles only give us a little detail to work on. The GT-P3200 appears to be the entry-level slab, with a 1,024 x 600 resolution more suited to tablets of yesteryear. This is cranked up to 1,280 x 800 for the P5200, while the GT-P8200 will apparently match the Nexus 10‘s pin-sharp 2,560 x 1,600 display. Unfortunately, there’s nothing here to confirm screen-size, processing punch or much else, although we managed to sniff out an AnTuTu benchmark for the GT-P8200 that reckons it’ll house a (presumably multicore) 1.7GHz processor and Android 4.2. However, like these User Agent Profiles, we’re looking at these results with a suspicious glare until something more official surfaces. Between the trio, there’s likely to be a division between two different sizes of tablet — possibly either side of that Galaxy Note 8 that’s set to be make an appearance next month. Check out the GT-P8200’s short-but-sweet benchmark listing after the break. Filed under: Tablets, Samsung Via: Techkiddy Source: Samsung Mobile UAProf (1), (2), (3)

Since we’re also keeping an eye on the competition, we’ll tell you that Apple announced a new iPad 4 version today, the 128GB model (Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + Cellular), which is essentially similar to existing fourth-generation iPad tablets when it comes to specs and features, with storage being the only difference. Obviously, the 128GB iPad 4 Wi-Fi model costs $100 more than the 64GB tablet, or $799, while the 128GB iPad 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular will retail for $929 and both models will hit stores on February 5. There’s nothing unusual about this pricing scheme, which falls in line with what Apple is used to charging for its tablets, and the fact that Apple is quietly announcing a new iPad 4 model should mean that the fifth-generation iOS tablet is only going to be unveiled later this year. Do regular customers need that much storage on a tablet? Apple doesn’t seem to think so judging from the press release, with the 128GB models specifically targeting businesses that “regularly” use “large amounts of data such as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, project blueprints, training videos and service manuals.” So if Apple is more serious when it comes to pitching iPads to enterprise customers, does that mean we’ll see similar offerings from the competition? Microsoft As you already know, Microsoft has its own Windows 8 tablets in stores, the Surface models, which aren’t selling as great as the company would like them to. Of those, there’s a 128GB Surface Pro model available to consumers, but the actual storage that can be used on the model sits at 83GB, which is certainly something business users that utilize “large amounts of data” won’t like. Android In the Android universe, most Android tablet makers make sure they include microSD support in their […]

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