tag: tablets

Marcus Weldon, CTO, Alcatel-Lucent

Tablet use drives need for small cells, says Weldon

Small cells are a vital part of the future broadband network, Alcatel Lucent corporate CTO Marcus Weldon told delegates at Broadband World Forum in his keynote address. Weldon noted that mobile computing is now the dominant form of computing due to the success of tablets, which introduced just a few years ago, are now processing more data globally than desktop PCs and laptops.

The Surface 2 and Pro 2

Microsoft renews assault on tablet market

Despite its first foray into the tablet market resulting in financial and public relations disaster, Microsoft has taken criticism on board and is having another crack at the market. The Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro will launch in 22 initial markets in late October, bringing Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro to users in tablet form.

HP hires MeeGo chief to develop consumer tablets

There’s clearly a leak at HP with another internal memo hitting the wires on Tuesday morning, revealing the company’s plans to resurrect its interest in the mobility space. The memo outlines the creation of HP Mobility, a business unit that will focus on the creation of “consumer tablets”.

RIM will release an LTE enabled PlayBook tablet on 9 August

RIM announces LTE enabled 4G PlayBook

Struggling Canadian smartphone and tablet outfit RIM has announced a 4G LTE enabled version of its PlayBook tablet. The device will go on from 9 August initially in Canada, and will work on the LTE networks of all three local operators, Telus, Bell and Rogers.

Sunil Mittal of Bharti Airtel

We need a $50 tablet says Bharti Airtel chairman

Sunil Mittal, chairman and MD of Bharti Airtel said that India and Africa need a $50 tablet in order to spur adoption of mobile technologies. Speaking at a conference session at MWC, Mittal called on the industry to focus on bringing the cost of smartphones and tablets down to those of feature phones.

Google launches Chrome for Android

Google launches Chrome browser for Android with no Flash

Google has announced the availability of a beta version of its Chrome web browser for its Android platform. The browser is available on handsets and tablets running the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, and is downloadable via Android Market in select countries and languages.

Vision smartphone 3

Huawei shows off new devices, sets up UK design centre

Chinese telecoms solutions provider has unveiled two new devices in an attempt to gain a stronger foothold in the smartphone and tablet markets. The firm also announced that it will open a dedicated European design centre for its mobile device business in London in Q1 2012.

The Sony S and P Android tablets

Sony unveils Android tablet models

Japanese electronics firm Sony formally joined the tablet fray this week, with two Android tablets, likely paving the way for a new flurry of lawsuits over form factor.

HP's webOS cloud services are no more

HP kills mobile devices, buys Autonomy

Software and PC giant HP has unexpectedly killed off its poorly performing webOS mobile devices and announced its exit from the hardware space altogether. Instead the firm will focus on software and services with an eye on cloud computing through the $10bn acquisition of Autonomy.

Sprint will offer enterprise customers Google Apps for Business

Days of iPad dominance are numbered

Android-based tablets will be neck and neck with the iPad in terms of sales in 2015, with 87 million and 90 million units shifted respectively, according to forecast figures from Informa Telecoms & Media.

The Sony S1 and S2

Sony goes it alone for Android tablets

Japanese electronics giant Sony has made a foray into the Android tablet space with two devices devoid of any Ericsson branding. The company has shown off prototypes of the two devices, which will be available in the autumn, but is keeping the development in house rather than through its handset joint venture, Sony Ericsson.

The PlayBook will not feature in the company's future

BlackBerry Playbook hits US shelves

Research In Motion (RIM) began its foray into the tablet market late Tuesday, as the BlackBerry Playbook hit shelves in North America. The tablet met with mixed reviews, initially targeted at the large and small enterprise space (much like the original BlackBerry), yet at present lacking full email, calendar and contacts functionality. RIM said a software update is due in a few weeks.

Android is rocking the tablet world

MWC debrief: Devices

Informa analyst Gavin Byrne shares his views on the Nokia Microsoft tie up and comments on the prevalence of tablets swamping the market.

Android is rocking the tablet world

Healthy appetite for tablets spurs growth

The growing popularity of tablet devices such as the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab will help portable internet devices hit shipment levels of around 150 million per year by 2015. The main driver of this growth is the versatility of a form factor that will either see the tablet used as a third device where there is a high penetration of PCs or as the primary computing device where there is low penetration.

Screen size is definitely at the top of Acer's importance list

Acer goes screen crazy

Device manufacturer Acer has unveiled a range of Android-powered goodies to be launched next year and screen size is definitely at the top of the company’s importance list.

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