There’s no question that the Surface RT comes into its own with a keyboard cover; we can’t imagine using the tablet unadorned. Microsoft can’t, either, as it’s launching a promo that gives the covers away. Americans and Canadians who buy the Windows RT slate between now and the end of June can get either the Touch Cover or the Type Cover for free, no matter which color they fancy. Surface Pro customers are out of luck, but it’s hard to dispute the value for prospective Surface RT owners — the deal amounts to at least a $100 discount on the touch PC’s real-world price. Update: To be clear, this promo has been running in other countries; it’s just now debuting in North America, however. Filed under: Tablets, Microsoft Via: CNET Source: Microsoft Store

An HTC 7-inch Android tablet is in the works, says Bloomberg, quoting people familiar with the matter. According to the same  report, HTC decided to scrap the plans for a 12-inch tablet running Windows RT, due to concerns related to demand for the device. HTC, which hasn’t been doing great lately (although there are signs of a comeback for the company, thanks to the success of the HTC One), can’t afford the marketing effort that Samsung is able to sustain, and definitely can’t afford to make any more mistakes like the HTC First. Bloomberg’s sources say that HTC deemed the 12-inch Windows RT tablet to expensive to make and retail successfully. According to the same source, HTC plans to release a 7-inch model running Android, as well as a model with the same screen size running Windows RT. Both devices are slated to come out later this year, in September or October. HTC refused to make any comments on the matter, and nothing’s known yet in terms of price or specs. HTC is no stranger to making Android tablets, although slates are not exactly the company’s specialty – you may remember the HTC Flyer, HTC Evo View 4G, or the HTC Jetstream. After a quiet period on this front, HTC appears to be ready to start over with a new product. Do you think HTC has what it takes to make a succesful Android tablet?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 has shown up in yet another leaked image, and this time it’s a pretty sharp one. The image, which has appeared on Move Player, does show a tablet looking just like the one in previously leaked pictures. This time the device is black but it looks like it features the same thin bezel. You can take a look at the image, below. Considering all the information floating around about it, the tablet could very well be one of the stars of the Samsung Premiere event on June 20. You may remember that devices thought to be Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 variants have been spotted not so long ago at the FCC and Bluetooth SIG. However, it is also possible that Samsung could go the Galaxy S4 Mini‘s way, showing the product before the event. Fact is that the device has made an appearance on retail site Adorama, at a price of $329.99, meaning that we could see it very soon. Still, we haven’t heard a report of someone actually getting it yet. In terms of specs, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is rumored to come with an 8-inch display at a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU and 1.5GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of memory, 5-megapixel main camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and 4450mAh battery. The tablet is said to be running Android 4.2.2 with Samsung’s own Touch Wiz interface on top of it. The funny thing is that Adorama lists it as running Android 4.1 (but that could very well be a mistake). Are you looking forward to buying the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 when it comes out?

When Ubuntu Linux was still in early development back in August 2004, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth filed a tongue-in-cheek first bug: that Microsoft had a majority of PC market share. Little did he realize that he’d have an excuse to cross that bug off the list in 2013. Since computing now includes phones and tablets, he argues, that leaves the traditional PC (and therefore Windows) in the minority versus Android, iOS and other platforms. Whether or not you agree with that market interpretation, Shuttleworth is ready to move on — he feels it’s better to polish Canonical’s own cloud, desktop and mobile efforts than to target someone else. It’s undoubtedly easy for Shuttleworth to make peace when the battle is supposed to be over, but we can’t object to such a healthy attitude. Filed under: Cellphones, Tablets, Software, Microsoft Via: NPR Source: Ubuntu (1), (2)

This particular rumor has been swirling for a while already, but Reuters says its own sources are now backing it up: Samsung will switch from an ARM-based design and use Intel as the supplier of the processor inside at least one version of its next 10-inch slate, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. Word is that Samsung will run Android off Intel’s latest x86 Atom architecture, Clover Trail+, which we’ve so far seen in just a handful of Android smartphones including the Lenovo K900 and ZTE Geek. By way of corroboration, Korea Times is reporting the exact same Galaxy Tab 3 rumor and has also quoted an anonymous Intel employee who claimed that the number of Atom engineers based in Korea has ballooned from six last year to as many as 50 personnel today. They’re said to be working on “Samsung-related projects with a mission to customize circuits for adaptation in Samsung products” — which certainly doesn’t sound like typical Intel behavior. Korea Times specifically says that Samsung is looking to reduce its reliance on the tricky supply of its own ARM-based Exynos processors, while Intel is offering the Korean giant good prices and cooperation in order to build its mobile market share. This all tallies with the idea of Atom coming to some high volume Android products — and it’s very possible that we’ll see proof of that at Computex next week. Filed under: Tablets, Mobile, Samsung, Intel Via: Android Beat Source: Korea Times, Reuters

Samsung has announced the smaller counterpart to its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4 Mini. The company says it’s an S4 in a smaller package, but its average specs lead us to believe otherwise. Read more…

Two new colour variants are expected to join the existing black and silver versions of the HTC One. A red model was briefly spotted earlier this month, but a blue model also seems to be on the cards. Read more…

Google Nexus 7 It seems Tim Cook’s remarks about Apple’s comparatively low market penetration couldn’t come at a better time. ABI Research, a technology analytics firm that tracks the sale and distribution of mobile devices, said today that global Android tablet shipments will soon overshadow iPad shipments. Apple dominated the tablet market in the first quarter of this year, shipping nearly 50 percent of tablets. That’s a substantial amount of iPads, but still down from Apple’s 69 percent of tablets shipped in the second quarter of last year, and a rate which ABI predicts is unsustainable in the face of stiff competition from low-cost Android tablet manufacturers. Developing markets like China and emerging markets – where demand for sub-$200 Android tablets is greatest – have propelled Android marketshare to incredible heights recently. ABI maintains that devices running Android will soon represent a majority of tablet shipments, as smaller tablets become more popular and the price of tablets continues to fall. Research firm IDC reported earlier this week that 55 percent of tablets shipped this year will have screen sizes 8 inches or smaller, and that the average selling price of tablets should drop to $381 in 2013, a decrease of 11 percent. It looks like Apple’s reluctance to engage new markets with discounted products has come back to bite the company. We’ll see if  it has learned its lesson when the next iPad is unveiled.

These past few months have been a whirlwind of Samsung Galaxy rumors, leaks, announcements and FCC leaks. Today, the Samsung GT-P5210 took a trip through the FCC office, indicating that the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is coming soon, but at the same time revealing very little information on specifications. What we do know is that it has a 10-inch screen, a name that lines up with the rest of the Galaxy Tab 3 family (the Galaxy Tab 7.0’s model number is GT-P3210), and that it is the WiFi-only version. We don’t know anything else about the device, including whether the processor inside is the rumored Intel Atom chipset. Samsung already has an event lined up for the 20th of June, where we’ll see Android and Windows devices. For now it looks like the Samsung GT-P5210 will be revealed on the event day, but don’t be surprised if Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 a little sooner. Is this the long awaited Galaxy Tab 10.1?

Remember the newest Android-based gaming console that we told you about earlier this month called Gamepop from BlueStacks? It’s still being sold in a pre-order basis, and as mentioned in our earlier report, it is still free as long as you purchase a year-long monthly subscription. Now, BlueStacks has revealed how much it plans to charge for the GamePop after its free promo offer finally ends next month. The get-your-free-unit-with-a-monthly-subscription promo that BlueStacks is doing for the GamePop is scheduled to run right until the end of June. Buyers will be able to get themselves a GamePop without having to pay for the unit itself simply by paying an entire year’s worth of monthly subscription fees that cost $6.99 per month — about $84 USD in total. When the promo ends, the GamePop will then be sold separately: at $129 a piece. According to BlueStacks VP of marketing and business development John Gargiulo, the Gamepop is “much better” than what people might expect, with the use of “new control paradigms that have recently been made possible.” The console, which is said to be on track for a Winter 2013 release, will support not just Android devices as controllers, but iPhones and possibly other iOS-powered devices as well. BlueStacks also announced that it has already signed partnership deals with COM2US, the largest game developer in Korea, as well as Intellijoy and education developers with offerings that are currently present in Google Play. There may yet be a future for a product such as the GamePop. At the very least, it looks very promising. Do you agree or disagree? Tell us what you think about it in the comments.

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