NAND flash memory makers will see a gigantic boost in demand in 2011 as the emerging tablet market takes off, iSuppli says. The market research firm predicts tablet consumption of NAND flash is set to explode more than 380 percent in the 2011, increasing from 476.8 million GB in 2010 and eventually climbing to 12.3 billion GB by 2014. Moreover, the proportion of NAND flash use among tablets versus the total supply of NAND memory will go up by 11.8 percent in 2011, nearly a threefold increase from 4.3 percent last year.
Previous rumors and leaked documents pegged Motorola's Xoom tablet launching for $800 at Best Buy on February 24th, and if you thought that was high, you better hope the recent listing was a mistake. The electronics chain over the weekend listed the Tegra 2 tablet on its website for a penny shy of $1,200, which would put the tablet in a pricing tier all its own. Does Best Buy (and Motorola) really intend to charge that much?
There's a rumor floating around that Research In Motion is working on software that would allow Android applications to run on the company's upcoming PlayBook tablet. News first broke on Bloomberg, which got the information from "three people familiar with the matter." According to Bloomberg and its sources, RIM will integrate the technology into the PlayBook's OS and could have it ready by the second half of the year.
Yet another leaked slide made its way into cyberspace, this latest one revealing launch details for Research In Motion's upcoming PlayBook tablet. According to the slide, which first appeared on CrackBerry, Office Depot will sell the PlayBook sometime in late March or early April for $500. That's for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, which stacks up nicely against Apple's 16GB Wi-Fi iPad, although the upgraded iPad 2 is just around the corner as well.
At long last, Amazon has announced a Kindle app for the webOS platform, one that's specifically geared towards the HP TouchPad and its 9.7-inch screen (lots of info and pictures of this potentially awesome tablet here). Just as with other platforms, Kindle for webOS allows customers to "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" when making purchases from Amazon's Kindle Store. And of course there's Whispersync, so you can pick up reading on your TouchPad right where you left off from your smartphone or other Kindle-enabled device.
Soon after HP acquired Palm last April, then CEO Mark Hurd stated the company’s desire of taking webOS “beyond smartphones.” The company today gave the world a better look into the operating system’s future beyond smartphones at its “Think Beyond” event in San Francisco, lifting the curtain on a 10-inch webOS tablet. But for those who think that tablets are just as far as HP is willing to go with its “beyond smartphones” strategy for webOS, the world’s leading PC vendor is out to surprise you. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s “hit the jump” time once again.
Hardware makers who thought the netbook market would prove a short-lived fad ended up kicking themselves in the backside for not striking when the coals were hot. But on the bright side, they've been given a mulligan. The most talked about tech item is now the tablet PC, and according to market research firm DisplaySearch, this segment will show an explosive 200 percent growth rate this year. For those who haven't jumped on the tablet bandwagon, now's the time to do so.
With what we've seen from Google's Android 3.0 platform so far, we have a sneaky suspicion that the days are numbered for tablets built on previous versions of Android. Nevertheless, Stream TV Networks plans to offer up its eLocity A10 tablet for pre-order on February 15. This tablet rocks some serious hardware -- like Nvidia's Tegra 2 T250 processor -- but it's also saddled with Android 2.2 (Froyo), a risky gamble with Motorola's Xoom tablet on the horizon.
Motorola and Android have thrived in each other’s company ever since the Droid happened. Both Google and Motorola are probably banking on that tried and tested partnership to pay off once again, this time in the tablet market. A lot of people believe an attractive price would go a long way to ensuring the success of the Motorola Xoom. So how much will you need to pay for the upcoming Android Honeycomb-running tablet?
Until Motorola speaks up and announces an official launch date, we're left to the mercy of Internet leaks, reports, and rumors as to when the company's Xoom tablet will see the light of day. One of Engadget's tipsters, for example, had the Xoom pegged for a February 17, 2011 release date and the Internet ran with it. Courtesy of a Facebook post by Best Buy's Grand Rapids South's store, it now looks like the launch date will come one week later.