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Amazon to release $50 tablet to combat poor sales of more expensive devices

The Amazon Kindle book readers has been a huge success, the same cannot be said for the company’s more expensive tablets, as a result it has decided to go down market and produce a cheaper version. This is clearly illustrated by research carried out by the firm IDC; this showed that in the second quarter Apple and Samsung Electronics Co. alone commanded 42% of the U.S. tablet market, while Amazon held less than 1%.

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Mobile phone and tablet devices now outnumber humans

Give or take the odd person, there are 7.197 billion people in our world which at one time we thought was a pretty big place, but with the rise of the internet it has become much smaller. The smartphone continues its inevitable expansion in terms of ownership and the tablet is growing in strength daily and now we can report that ownership of mobile devices such as the smartphone and tablet stands currently at 7.229 billion, outnumbering the population of the world.

Gigaset QV830 – an impressive tablet for under £100

If you caught sight of this whilst browsing the internet or on a shopping trip, you could be forgiven for thinking that, because this device is made by Gigaset the makers of home ‘phones, that it was somehow connected with a landline telephone. However it is in fact an eight inch tablet with a good spec that compares well with some of the cheaper offerings from Amazon, Apple and Tesco.

Tablet market in dramatic slowdown

An unexpected dramatic slowdown in sales of new tablets has taken the industry completely by surprise due to owners of the devices keeping them far longer than expected. One of the causes of this is possibly due to better and more prolonged battery life, software updates and robustness of the tablet itself, which has resulted in owners happier to use their tablets far longer than was first anticipated, much longer than smartphones for example.

Android apps soon dominant

Android apps soon dominant

It was predicted that once Google’s Android format took hold it would become dominant and with the success of the Samsung Galaxy S4 now standing at sales of ten million units and the new Galaxy S4 mini launched it is only a short time before the apps on Android format overtake Apple. Currently the rate of downloading is running at an impressive 500 more per month through the Google play system. There are now 900million Android devices in the market compared to 600million Apple products.The Android has attracted big players with even the BBC moving to a new approach that attempts to deliver on both Apple and Android of its popular apps simultaneously. Similarly Sky has developed and delivered apps specifically targeting the most popular mobile phone models.Although figures can be made to prove almost anything, if the current rate continues, then Google will be in the lead in this particular race within four months. Although Apple claims to have 850, titles at its store Google claims 48 billion apps have been downloaded from them, with 2.5 billion downloads each month. Competition can only be good for us all.

Tablet use is growing

Tablet use is growing

If you own a tablet then it could possibly be an Apple iPad which has accounted for the biggest growth in this sector of the market. Amazingly the newest version sold a staggering three million during the first weekend it was introduced this year. Recently released figures suggest that you will own a Smartphone and that 25% of you will use your tablet and pay to watch videos and other such entertainment.Certainly the iPad has to be a tremendous marketing success as it does not do anything that a laptop can, other than being extremely portable where it can be used virtually anywhere. For serious computing a laptop or desk computer is far easier to use for everyday actions and typing on a screen will never replace a keyboard for the serious user. But take nothing away from a tablet, they are here to stay and they do allow people to access internet and check out emails on the move, but so does the modern Smartphone!

HP offers partial refund to full-price TouchPad buyers

The TouchPad was on sale in Britain for just over a month and failed to make an impression on the market which has been dominated by the Apple iPad. HP is to refund hundreds of pounds each to customers who bought its failed TouchPad tablet at full price. The compensation programme means buyers who paid full price for their TouchPad before August 23 will have effectively acquired it at the fire-sale price.For the bottom-of-the-range, 16GB, Wi-Fi only HP TouchPad, buyers will receive the difference between whatever they paid and £89, which is the heavily discounted rate at which HP sold off remaining stocks once it decided to scrap the product. When it appeared in British shops just over a month earlier, the recommended price was £399. Similar compensation will be offered on more expensive models, and to buyers of the Pre3 Smartphone, which was also culled as part of a major shift by HP away from consumer electronics.

Tablets dominate the market

It’s only taken tablets a short time to dominate the electronic market and now it’s no surprise to see the Samsung’s website advertising the new Android-based Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 says “It’s Time for a Better Tablet.” Well what else would you expect them to say?To review any tablet it has to be compared with the Apple iPad and devoted Apple users would think that the iPad was better, but would have to concede that the Samsung Galaxy is a close second to the iPad and in some ways it’s even better. Physically, the tablets look similar side by side but the number one difference is that Galaxy is equipped with Flash, which obviously is not in the iPad. Working everything on the Galaxy is simple: a home button gets you to the home screen where apps are lined up and ready to use on the very responsive touch screen. However, there is one area where the iPad scores and that is the quantity of apps available between the two devices; the Apple iTunes App Store wins easily but the Galaxy’s Market Store has a great selection and is growing every day.