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For the first time, Amazon's Alexa voice service is headed to a tablet. It's one of the standout features of Amazon's new Fire HD 8, a budget slate built from the ground up to offer users all-day battery life, faster performance, and double the onboard storage of previous versions Fire HD tablets. The kicker here is its $90 price tag. While not without its competitors, it's fair to say that Amazon dominates the low-cost tablet market with its highly popular Fire HD line. The new Fire HD 8 won't do anything to compromise Amazon's position in the tablet market. Just the opposite, its poised to bolster... Read more...
A new standard is set to allow native HDMI output for devices with USB Type-C connectors. It could prove to be a great feature as more smartphones, notebooks, 2-in-1s, and tablet devices adopt the next generation USB interface and ultimately enable another option for these devices to act as media streamers or for big screen gaming on the go. Allowing HDMI output from USB-C could also give manufacturers the ability to eliminate HDMI connectors from their devices, to further slim them down or streamline their design. The HDMI licensing group is ready to set a standard on a specification that will... Read more...
2016 has not been a great year for tablets, but experts predict that tablets sales will perk up by 2018. Tablet sales have been down 11.5% this year and "only" 183.4 million units have been shipped. Many experts, however, expect that tablet sales will begin to increase in 2018 and reach 194.2 million shipments by 2020.Why is the tablet market such a roller coaster ride? Larger, detachable tablets are the reason. Consumers want devices that are multi-functional. Many would consider, a larger, detachable tablet to be more useful and cost efficient than a tablet and laptop. By the end of this year,... Read more...
Over the past couple of months, many Surface Pro 3 users have complained of rapid battery drain. As we reported at the time, Microsoft's Panos Panay said that the SP3's battery should hold up to weekday charges over the course of four-and-a-half years, at which point the battery would be expected to have about 80% of its capacity remaining. Even though Surface Pro 3s were released a couple of years ago, most users' batteries should not be draining noticeably quicker quite yet. In last month's post, we noted that Microsoft believes the issue could be fixed through software, and over the weekend,... Read more...
At the end of July, we learned that there would be a chance of Android N coming out in August. Thanks to a leak that came out of Canadian carrier Telus, we might have just gained an even more accurate answer: August 22nd. The information leaked from Telus is a simple schedule of updates hitting various phone models. This list states which each update is, and for Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, August 22nd will be the day for the "Android N Update". Per the information we found last month, it still appears that the Nexus 5 will not be treated to any nougat-flavored OS -- a harsh reminder of just how quickly... Read more...
Tablet PCs have been around for ages, but when Apple released its first iPad, it's as if the world suddenly realized just how useful they could be. Immediately, iPads flew off the shelves, and a countless number of competitors popped out of nowhere with their own take on things. In recent years, Microsoft has even got in on the action, ruling the roost where Windows slates are concerned. But, as IDC's latest report highlights, tablets are on the decline, which is sure to leave a sour taste in the mouths of those who still love them. Decline doesn't mean down-and-out, though: there could always... Read more...
The market for dedicated tablets based on mobile operating systems such as Android and iOS is in decline, but the same can't be said for 2-in-1 detachable Windows PCs. These hybrid tablet/laptop systems offer an additional level of utility that standalone tablets don't provide, and best of all, they don't force consumers on a budget to choose one form factor over the other. Microsoft envisioned this very scenario playing out when it introduced Windows 8 and later its first Surface tablets. Now we have Windows 10 and newer generation Surface models that are much improved from the original, along... Read more...
ASUS has teamed up with Verizon to announce a new 8-inch class slate, the ZenPad Z8 (ZT581KL) powered by a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core System-on-Chip (SoC) with Adreno 510 graphics. Verizon is the only one taking pre-orders on the ZenPad Z8 and will carry the slate in stores next Thursday (June 23). "ASUS is excited to launch the ZenPad Z8 with Verizon. The ASUS ZenPad Z8 brings an incredible feature set and top-end specifications to Verizon customers at a very attractive price," says Benson Lin, corporate vice president and general manager for mobile communications, ASUS. "We’re thrilled... Read more...
It's been rumored for some time that NVIDIA had lost interest in the mobile phone business, and that's something company co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang confirmed during his company's presentation at Computex. None of this is much of a surprise, as the company's Tegra SoC hasn't found itself inside of a commercially successful smartphone, but this confirmation is a bit sobering nonetheless. NVIDIA has what it takes to create an incredible smartphone SoC, and has proven that it can even build great devices surrounding those SoCs. But at the end of the day, the ROI for that particular venture... Read more...
It feels like we've been hearing about bendable displays for eons, although more accurately, it was close to a decade ago that we began to be teased about them at trade events like CES. It's a little surprising,that in 2016, most of our devices still use traditional rigid displays in lieu of those that would give us vastly improved durability. This is something that could finally be changing, though, as companies like Samsung are showing off their most advanced designs at SID's Display Week 2016, which is ending today in San Francisco. When bendable displays as a concept first hit the scene, one... Read more...
About a decade ago, many of us had a cell phone. Unlike today, however, most people were rarely attached to them unless they were trying to set a new texting record or needed to beat the high score in some Snake clone. But today, even more of us have smartphones, and unlike a decade ago, we are permanently glued to them. Today, we use our smartphones not just to get in touch with someone, but to read news, watch shows, view pictures, and so on and so forth. As time passes, phones are only going to become even more integral in our lives. Flickr: Juhan Sonin While it's easy to wonder how adults have... Read more...
You can't get much work done on a bricked tablet built for professionals. Unfortunately that's the situation playing out for some 9.7-inch iPad Pro owners who installed Apple's over-the-air (OTA) iOS 9.3.2 update. Many of those affected by the issue report seeing an "Error 56" message imploring them to plug their iPad Pro into iTunes, which doesn't solve the problem, and nor does rebooting. Apple's incremental update to iOS went out on Monday and was supposed to squash a handful of bugs, not introduce a show stopping one. Sometimes these things happen, but it looks particularly bad for Apple, which... Read more...
NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet has been on the market for nearly two years and made quite the splash with gamers thanks to its fast Tegra K1 processor, 8-inch Full HD display, and support for the SHIELD wireless controller. However, two years is a long time on the market for any hardware product — even one that has been routinely updated via software. Luckily, we can thank the FCC for providing a few scant details on the successor to the first generation SHIELD Tablet. The new tablet, which has the model number P2290W, measures 8.46 inches x 4.72 inches and is 0.30 inches thick. Weighing in at 12.34 ounces,... Read more...
While it's not uncommon for consumers to want to upgrade their smartphones each and every year, the market is learning more and more that tablets don't enjoy the same kind of uptake. IDC's latest report highlights this well, as it shows a 14.7% year-over-year decline in tablet shipments. That puts the total at 39.6 million shipped, and includes both standard "slate" and detachable form-factors. With these results, it's clear that there is not as much demand for tablets as there once was, but things could change in the future as more and more users are ditching their desktops to become more mobile.... Read more...
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