The iPad is so far ahead in the tablet race, you could be forgiven for thinking the game is over. But it's not. Just as Android phones eventually caught up to--and, in some metrics, overtook--the iPhone, so, too, could Android whip the iPad. Here are five ways it could do that, according to a survey of developers conducted by Appcelerator and IDC.
Apple's iPad 2 won't have two key features that some folks have been hoping for, a new report claims.
Citing unnamed sources, Engadget reported late yesterday that the iPad 2 won't launch with a high-resolution display or with an SD card slot. Apple initially planned on delivering those two features in the updated tablet, Engadget said, but apparently "engineering issues" caused the company to modify its plans at the last minute.
It's worth noting, however, that Engadget's latest report contradicts claims the blog made last month when it also cited unnamed sources who … Read more
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a bit cheaper for Verizon Wireless customers willing to sign up for a two-year contract.
The 7-inch tablet, which launched on Verizon's network in November, is now available for $299.99, down from its full retail price of $500. The only catch is that customers who want to get the cheaper Tab must enter into a two-year contract with Verizon Wireless.
At $300, Verizon puts its Galaxy Tab offer within striking distance of T-Mobile. That carrier is currently selling the tablet for $249.99 after a two-year commitment and mail-in rebate. However, Verizon is … Read more
The Motorola Xoom tablet is easily the best competition Apple's iPad has ever seen. Sporting a 10.1-inch screen, front and rear cameras, HDMI output, a dual-core processor, and Google's tablet-optimized version of Android, the Xoom is entering the tablet wars with guns blazing.
Priced at $800 off-contract or $600 with a two-year commitment from Verizon, the Xoom isn't out to win frugal customers. Instead, Motorola is taking the approach used with its successful line of Droid smartphones--emphasizing the device's horsepower and the many capabilities not found on its Apple counterpart.
To this end, the Xoom'… Read more
The idea of convergence, of one device replacing several, has long been a popular theme in forecasting high-tech gadgetry. It's also something that doesn't happen as often as predicted.
Some of the reasons relate to design and technology. It's hard to make a multitool as elegant for each individual function as specialist devices are. A form factor that's optimized around, say, being a phone demands serious technical compromises when it comes to a totally different function, such as taking a picture. And rapidly evolving technology means some functions in a device are inevitably behind the technology … Read more
Adobe stated in a blog post on Monday that it expects the Motorola Xoom to be the first tablet to receive Flash Player 10.2. This latest Flash Player update is said to significantly reduce CPU usage and battery use when rendering Flash content.
As with previous versions of Flash Player, Adobe will preinstall Flash Player 10.2 on some tablets and will offer it as an over-the-air (OTA) download on others. The timeline still … Read more
Motorola announced today that its Android 3.0 Honeycomb Xoom tablet will be available from Verizon starting February 24 for $599.99 with a two-year service agreement or $799.99 without a contract.
In addition, 3G data plans for the Xoom will run $20 per month for 1GB of data, but there was no word on what Verizon will charge for 4G data plans. Though the tablet will not be 4G capable at launch, Moto and Verizon said the Xoom will be upgraded to work with the carrier's 4G LTE service during Q2 2011 at no additional charge.
Verizon … Read more
The iPad 2 may be delayed until June due to production issues. At least, that's what one Taiwanese brokerage firm is claiming.
In a research note released today, Yuanta Securities analyst Vincent Chen said that manufacturer Hon Hai has run into issues with the production process in light of the tablet's new design and is working on a fix.
"Our supply chain checks suggest that iPad 2 shipments will be delayed from April to June (time to market), owing to production bottlenecks at Hon Hai after Apple made design changes before Chinese New Year," Chen said … Read more
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Another Mobile World Congress is in the bag, and as the CNET crew leaves Barcelona we can take stock of the mobile madness that was. It was my fourth year attending the show, and I can report that 2011 was one the busiest I've seen, with a ton of new smartphones and tablets. It was a lot to handle, but Bonnie Cha of CNET Reviews; Ariel Nunez of CNET TV; and Maggie Reardon, Stephen Shankland, and Elinor Mills of CNET News were along for the ride.
As with any trade show, Mobile World Congress offered a series of satisfying devices and a couple of instances where companies fell short. Here's the report from Barcelona as we saw it. And don't forget to check out Maggie's insights in her Ask Maggie column. … Read more