Surface Pro arrives in a few days and could restart the machine after a disappointing start. It will be available in two versions, 64GB and 128GB as Surface RT, But Surface Pro does not really have all that space.
Indeed, the 64 GB version of the Surface, the user can have only 23 GB to store its contents. The reason? Instead that requires Windows 8. The pre-installed applications are equally guilty, which leaves only the user that little room at the end. 41 GB is taken by the OS and applications, more than half of the space specified by Microsoft.
On the 128 GB version is the same story. On the total space touted by Microsoft, 83 GB will be used by the buyer. A problem that is certainly understandable, but will not fix the bad image that the Surface already has.
Google has been very successful with its Nexus devices, despite some pitfalls for the delivery of Nexus 4. It is therefore logical that the Mountain View company continues to build on this range. Upcoming devices are also highly expected to firm up and the first rumors are already surfacing the web. They concern the Nexus 5 and a new tablet named Nexus 7.7 .
It’s the Korean site Ruliweb throwing these rumors. Begin with the Nexus 5. According to the sources site, the device will be equipped with a 5-inch Full HD. It would also have an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 13 megapixel rear camera with and a 3-megapixel front camera. In addition, the user has the choice between 8GB and 16GB of storage. And everything is runing on Android Key Lime Pie and still manufactured by LG.
On the slate side, Ruliweb indicates that it would have a 7.7 inch screen with a resolution of 1920X1200 pixels. Again, the Tegra 4 will be at the party and there an 8GB of storage at minimum. But the surprise is that the tablet will also be manufactured by LG.
Of course, all tese are rumors, so we suggest you to take all this with a pinch of salt, until we get a word from Google or LG to let us definitely discover these new devices.
Skype has just launched version 3.0 of its Android app for both tablets and smartphones.
The app comes with a redesigned user interface for tablets, which enhances the overall user experience. However, the interface is locked to landscape mode, which might come as a disappointment to some.
In addition, Skype now also features the option to log in with a Microsoft account, which doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Call audio is also improved thanks to the new SILK wideband audio codec Skype is now utilizing.
Check out the promo video Skype has thrown in to celebrate its updated Android app. The company has even put a separate before-after type of video to demonstrate what SILK adds to the table.
So, head over to the Google Play Store and check out the updated Skype.
Well that’s not a while since the Microsoft Surface went on sale just couple of weeks ago, and as usual for any new product we have started hearing complaints from the early adopters. The two most prominent issues for now relate to the sound and the optional Touch Cover.
According to The Verge, who experienced these issues first hand, the audio occasionally stutters or mutes when the Surface is in use or in standby. As for the Touch Covers, some users are experiencing fraying around the edges.
Microsoft is reportedly receiving “a lot of” Touch Covers returns according to the company spokesperson, and the company takes a step and they replacing them for free.
Source : The Verge
There are a total of 27.8 million tablets shipped worldwide in Q3 of 2012 according to a preliminary report from IDC. Compared to the same quarter last year, this is nearly 50% jump in sales and just 6.7% over the previous quarter.
Android tablet have started gaining more considerable market share, as Samsung has shipped 5.1 million tablets in the third quarter, which is twice as much as they managed in the previous quarter, and an increase of 325.0% from 3Q11, when it shipped 1.2 million tablets. This puts the company in second place with 18.4% market share.
Apple maintains its king of the hill position, shipping 50.4% of all tablets in Q3. That’s down from 65.5% for the previous quarter. The anticipation around the announcement of the company’s new iPad mini and iPad 4 are the reason for the slowdown in Apple’s tablet sales. Now that those are out, IDC expect the company to post strong Q4 results.
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Still, analysts also think that Android’s tablet upswing will continue as the Apple iPad mini might come off as too expensive at $329 for the regular 7-inch tablet consumer, which would be lured by the Amazon and ASUS’ tablets. Speaking of those two, Amazon, ASUS along with Lenovo round up the top 5 tablet manufacturers.
Samsung had released a new ads shedding light on the upcoming Ativ lineup of Windows 8, RT for tablets and Windows Phone 8 on handsets.
The ad is a pretty good making, showing some collectives stuff that the Samsung ATIV devices can do, less talking and we’ll lets you enjoy it, be sure to interact with us on the comment section.
The iPhone 5 launch was “and still” big, that it turned out so big that it slowed the growth of Android in the US and the UK, according to Kantar World Panel.
The rest of the EU5 (France, Germany, Italy and Spain) saw just the opposite – Android’s share went up, iOS went down.
It should be noted that iPhone 5 was on sale for only a week in Q3 (even less in some markets) and is yet to launch in China and Brazil, so Q4 is bound to bring big gains for iOS.
Anyway, during this year’s Q3, the market share of iOS in US went up to 35.7%, compared to 21.5% during the same period last year. That’s a massive increase of 14.2 percentage points. Meanwhile Android dropped from 66.4% to 57.5%. Another notable decline is that of BlackBerry, which is now below Microsoft’s OS (which is currently at 2.9%).
In the UK, iOS market share increased by 9.9 percentage points to 18.1%, but Android went up too – from 53.4% to 58.2%. RIM still holds a respectable 8.8% there, while the WP share more than doubled. Symbian practically went extinct in the UK.
iOS shares declined in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Australia, while Android’s shares increased in these markets. In Germany and Spain in particular, it’s almost complete domination with 77.8% and 82.7% respectively. In Brazil Android went from controlling a fifth of the market to half of it.
In EU5, iOS remained relatively constant, buoyed by its conquests in the UK, while Android went up by 16.2 percentage points. Windows saw decent gains, now controlling about 5% of the market, ahead of the former king, Symbian.
If you want to see all the numbers for all OSes, you can download the PDF from Kantar.