IDC says tablet shipments grew by three quarters in 2012.
Analysts came up short in predicting just how popular tablets would be in 2012, which according to preliminary data from International Data Corporation (IDC) grew 75.3 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter. Tablet shipments topped 52.5 million units worldwide in Q4, and to put that number into perspective, the same research firm says PC shipments reached 89.8 million units in the same quarter.
The company formerly known as Research In Motion launched its BlackBerry 10 platform today.
Research In Motion (RIM) doesn't want you to call it by its former name, anymore. RIM will now operate under the name "BlackBerry," the company announced today during a much anticipated press event. In addition to a name change, RIMBlackBerry unveiled its newest mobile computing platform, BlackBerry 10, along with two phones, the Q10 with a physical keyboard and Z10 with just a touchscreen.
A journalist claims Android is popular because it's cheap, not because it's good.
Sam Biddie, a senior staff writer at Gizmodo, stoked the flames of debate with an article that proposes the reason why Android is so popular and able to outsell the iPhone is because there are a lot of "marginal" devices that "can be sold like bags of Doritos or bargain-bin sweaters." He's talking about the low-end Android handsets that are priced to move, rather than high-end phones like the Galaxy S III.
We've been hearing rumors of a high-octane successor to LG's already well-equipped Optimus G smartphone, and they've now been confirmed by a wireless carrier in Japan. LG's next superphone is the Optimus G Pro, a heavy-hitting device with a 5-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) IPS display and 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, along with several other high-end amenities.
The White House responds to a petition to begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.
No matter what your stance is on politics, whether you lean left, right, or find yourself all twisted up in every which direction like a contortionist, you have to give the White House props for what might be the best response to a petition, ever. It all started when a petition for the U.S. government to secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016, collected tens of thousands of signatures. What did the White House have to say?
And in this corner, featuring Android 4.1 and a $149 price tag: Asus MeMO Pad.
Perhaps because the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week was so heavily focused on Windows 8 devices and technologies, Asus chose to wait for the dust to settle before introducing its Android-powered MeMO Pad tablet. Or maybe Asus didn't want anything else to overshadow the fact that it's launching a 7-inch Jelly Bean tablet for just $149. Could this be the beginning of a new generation of low-cost Android slates?
Walmart's disc-to-digital in-home service will "convert" your existing movie collection to UltraViolet digital copies starting at $2 a pop.
It's not just tablet makers and hardware manufacturers in general making a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Retailers have joined the party, including Walmart, which used the annual convention to announce that it's expanding its in-store Disc-to-Digital service to allow for the same service from the comfort of your home. As an aside, Wally World also launched a new Facebook app that provides access to exclusive movie content and allows users to decide what movies are sold in-store and online.
Only Android and iOS saw market share growth last quarter.
The latest data from the comScore MobileLens service suggests that Microsoft is having a rough time carving smartphone market share in the U.S. away from Google and Apple. It happened just the opposite, actually. Android and iOS were the only two mobile operating systems to see market share growth for the three month period ending in November 2012, while Microsoft's Windows Phone platform declined by 0.6 percent.
Throughout the month of January, Amazon is offering its Student Prime members a $50 discount on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" tablet, bringing the starting price down to $249. That's a pretty good deal that more than offsets the cost of a Student membership, which runs $39 per year. For those who are unfamiliar, Amazon's Prime program offers members free two-day shipping on millions of items with no minimum order, free instant streaming to its catalog of movies and TV shows, and a free Kindle book to borrow each month from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.
Apparently the mobile market isn't the only non-desktop/server space Intel is interested in encroaching; the world's largest semiconductor player also wants to dip its toes into the cable TV sector, as has been previously rumored. Word on the web is that Intel has grown frustrated with smart TV manufacturers who have bungled the whole Google TV initiative, so it's taking matters into its own hands and plans to launch its own hardware.