Lenovo to Bring 7-inch Honeycomb Tablet by 2011Q4

After the 10.1-inch Honeycomb Tablet leak by Lenovo, it seems that Lenovo has tons of devices in its kitty. According to Thisismynext’s recent scoop, Lenovo seems to be prepping up for a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet as well.

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Although we do not know much about the tablet as of now, here’s what we do know:

  • 7-inch screen
  • Android 3.0 Honeycombwith Le OS (Lenovo’s custom UI)
  • 1280*800 High resolution display
  • a dual-core ARM processor

The tablet is expected to be launched during the fourth quarter of 2011, Thisismynext predicts that Lenovo might even launch it earlier. Although there’s surplus amount of 7-inch tablet in the market, knowing Lenovo we know we wouldn’t be disappointed with the build quality of the product. More than that we are more excited to see how Lenovo’s custom UI on the top of Honeycomb performs. Google has a complete makeover with Honeycomb so that manufacturers wouldn’t feel the need to design custom UI and mess up with the update procedure yet none of the Manufacturers seem to follow Google and want to distinguish their product from their competitors.

Why the Nook Color is the Best Android Tablet

Since the launch of the iPad, many Android tablets have been launched, but none of them have been able to match the iPad in terms of usability, price or even apps. The iPad (and the iPad 2) starts at $499 (for the 16 GB Wi-Fi version, while most Android tablets start at $599 (Galaxy Tab) for the unlocked version. Some of them are even priced as high at $799. Now that it’s clear that none of them can beat the iPad in terms of price, I can’t think of any Android tablet that offers more bang for your buck than the iPad.

Granted that the Wi-Fi versions of the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Motorola Xoom will be priced around $499, but they still can’t beat the iPad in terms of apps. The App Store has 65,000 tablet apps while Honeycomb has just about 100. The number of apps will surely increase over time, but for the time being, the iPad is the king of the hill.

So why this post?

Well, Barnes and Noble launched the Nook Color last year to compete with the Amazon Kindle. It has a 7 inch color touchscreen display and is powered by Android. It was meant to be just a simple ebook reader, until some Android enthusiasts discovered that it could very well be used as a fully functioning tablet. It was hacked to enable Android apps, the Android Market. It also has a Cyanogen Mod 7 ROM using which you can install Android 2.3 Gingerbread on it.

In short, you can use it for almost everything that you would want to use an Android tablet for – Android apps, games, email, browsing, video, music and obviously, ebooks. Even so, it was still a slightly risky hack which deterred the average Joe from modding it to unlock its true potential.

Today, Barnes and Noble officially released a new software update (1.20) which installs Android 2.2 Froyo on your Nook Color. It brings a new App Store curated by B&N- Nook Apps which has a selection of some Android Apps. The new update makes it an even better tablet, which offers really good value for money. It is priced at just $249, which is half what the iPad is priced at. Obviously, it is not as powerful as the iPad, but it easily handles basic video playback, web browsing, light games, email and ebooks. I have been a big fan of the Amazon Kindle, but the Nook Color beats it in every aspect. Unless Amazon launches its rumored Android tablet soon, the Nook Color is poised to grab a larger share of the ebook reader market.

Coming back to the topic, the Nook Color is probably the best Android tablet you can buy today, at least in terms of value for money.

Nook Color

Amazon Working on Android ‘Kindle’ Tablet

A very pervasive rumor that Amazon is working on its own Android powered tablet has been around since a few months now. Today, Peter Rojas, the founder of Engadget and GDGT, posted a well reasoned article which outlines Amazon’s tablet strategy.

According to almost everyone in the tech industry, Amazon is (or at least, should be) working on an Android tablet to compete with the Apple iPad. The Amazon tablet will be built by Samsung and will be powered by a heavily customized version of Android which will be tightly integrated with Amazon’s services. It will likely be a 7 inch tablet.

Amazon, currently, is in the best possible position to compete with the Apple iPad. It has almost everything in place to fight Apple – ebooks (Kindle), music (its digital music locker), subscription based video offerings (Amazon Instant Video) and apps and games (Amazon’s own Android App Store).

It will likely price the Amazon Android tablet at much lower than the current average price, knowing that it can make money on content. The Nook Color has already proved that there is a market for a cheap, functional Android tablet. Amazon recently experimented with the Kindle’s pricing, offering a $25 cut for anyone willing to view “special offers” on their Kindle, so it could very well do the same for its Android tablet. Another indication of an Amazon tablet being real is the way in which they don’t really seem to care about Apple’s new in-app purchase / subscription policy which could result in Amazon having to pull the Kindle app from the App Store. If an Amazon tablet were to be launched, such a move could actually help it gain more users.

The Amazon Android Tablet could be the next version of the Kindle – the Amazon Kindle 4. What are your thoughts on an Amazon Android tablet? Let us know in the comments.

Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi Launched in the UK; Priced at £299

The Dell Streak 7 Android tablet was announced at CES 2011 with many other Android tablets. It was launched in February in the US but was priced quite high.

Today, Dell has launched the Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi in the UK. It is available online at Dell’s website and is priced at £299. It comes with a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor and 16 GB internal storage. It has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It has two cameras – a 5 MP primary camera with autofocus and flash and a 1.3 MP secondary for video calling. It also has support for Adobe Flash 10.1.

It comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. It comes with the Dell Stage UI and Android 2.2 Froyo. It also has GPS and will likely be upgraded to Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

You can order it online at Order Dell Streak 7 Tablet PC

It hasn’t been released in the US yet. The Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi + 4G version is available though, for $199 with contract.

Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi

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Apple to Dominate the Tablet Market for Years to Come

A recent research report by Gartner pointed out that Android was likely to be the most dominant mobile operating system in the next 2-3 years, and would command almost 50% of the market worldwide by 2012.

Today, Gartner released another report which says that it won’t be that dominant in the tablet space. Apple’s iOS platform (which runs on the iPad and iPad 2) will be the dominant tablet OS for years to come. The iPad and the iPad 2 are the most popular tablets yet, and despite several attempts, Android tablets haven’t been able to make much of a dent in its sales.

Even with the launch of Android Honeycomb, the prospects of Android don’t seem to be very bright. The iPad currently commands an 84% market share worldwide. By the end of 2015, its market share is expected to drop to 47% with Android grabbing most of its share.

Android currently has a 14% share which is expected to grow to almost 37%. By 2015, webOS is expected to have about 3% and QNX is expected to have almost 10% of the market.

Compared to smartphone penetration, Google is expected to grow slower in the tablet space, mainly because Google will be trying to maintain greater control on Honeycomb to offer an optimal, uniform experience across all devices.

Check out the worldwide tablet research report by Gartner.

Acer Iconia Tab A100 Priced at £300; Launching on April 20

Acer Iconia Tab A100Acer announced the Iconia Tab Android tablets way back in January. It was going to launch two Iconia Tab tablets – the A100 and the A500. The A500 is a 10.1 inch Android Honeycomb tablet while the A100 is a 7 inch tablet, also powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

After the initial announcement, the Iconia Tab just went off the radar for some time. It was spotted again only at CeBit then.

Today, Amazon UK has put up the Acer Iconia Tab A100 for pre-order. It is priced at £300 ($485) and will start shipping on April 20. Generally, the prices in the UK are much higher than the prices in the US, so we could expect a sub $400 price point for Iconia Tab A100 in the US.

Acer Iconia Tab A100 Specifications

The Acer Iconia Tab A100 has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It comes with a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 512 MB RAM. It has 8 GB internal storage and comes with a 5 MP camera. It comes with Android 3.0 Honeycomb and offers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It also has an HDMI port and can play 1080p videos.

Check out more details at Amazon UK

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HTC Flyer to Get Android 3.0 Honeycomb Update

HTC was one of the last major Android device manufacturers to announce an Android tablet. It was a bit late, compared to Samsung, Motorola and LG. But at MWC 2011, it finally announced its first Android tablet – the HTC Flyer.

While it had superb hardware specifications, it came with Android Gingerbread, which is actually meant for Android smartphones, not tablets. Most of the other tablets will come with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but HTC hadn’t announced whether it will be bringing Android 3.0 Honeycomb to the Flyer.

Today, HTC has officially announced that it will be offering an upgrade to Honeycomb for the HTC Flyer, in reply to a query by @GeekHangover.

“@Geekhangover We will be offering a Honeycomb upgrade when it’s made available. What feature are you most excited about?”

The HTC Flyer has a 7 inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It comes with a 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB RAM. It also has 32 GB internal storage.

It will come with a 5 MP camera and has everything in terms of connectivity – Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and HSPA connectivity.

It currently comes with Android Gingerbread with the HTC Sense UI. It is powered by a 4000 mAh battery. Check out the Complete Specifications of HTC Flyer Tablet.

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Motorola Xoom Available For Pre-Order in India For Rs 35000

The Motorola Xoom, the first Android tablet to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb which has been launched in the US since weeks, has finally shown some signs of coming to India.

Infibeam, a popular online store in India, has made the Motorola Xoom available in India for pre-order. It is priced at Rs 35,000 or $775, based on current exchange rates. It’s a bit surprising that the tablet will be available in India at a lower price than in the US where it is priced at $800. According to Infibeam, the Motorola Xoom will be released in India on 10 May 2011, and will start shipping in 3-4 days after the launch.

The Motorola Xoom is a very good Android tablet, and presently the only decent competitor to the Apple iPad 2. It has received good reviews but is priced a bit high, compared to the Apple iPad 2, which starts at $499, the same as the iPad. It is rumored that a Wi-Fi only version of the Xoom is in the works, and will cost substantially lower, closer to the $500 mark.

The Motorola Xoom has a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It is powered by a 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB RAM and comes with a 5 MP camera. It also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity and comes with 32 GB internal storage.

To preorder it, visit Infibeam

Motorola Xoom

Samsung Teases The Ultra-Slim Galaxy Tab 8.9

Last month, Samsung announced the successor of its popular tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with more features as compared to the original iPad. But, after the launch of iPad 2, Samsung was shaken since the new iPad 2 comes with some amazing features, ultra-slim design and no changes in the price tag. To stay ahead in the competition, Samsung will launch the new Galaxy Tab 8.9 on March 22nd.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Samsung recently teased the upcoming Galaxy Tab 8.9, on their official Facebook page. The image clearly shows that the Samsung’s 8.9 inch tablet comes with an extremely slim design and it could be the company’s thinnest tablet to-date. Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will come with a 8.9 inch touchscreen display and it will compete with the iPad 2 and LG Optimus Pad.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is expected to come with the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system and it might run on the dual core Tegra 2 processor or the Samsung’s very own Exynos processor. The price of this device is said to be much lower than the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The complete specs of this device will be unveiled on March 22nd. Do you think, Galaxy Tab 8.9 will offer more features and attractive price tag compared to the iPad 2? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Microsoft to Launch Windows for Tablets Only by Q3 2012

Despite rumors of Microsoft working feverishly on a Windows tablet launch in 2011, it seems that Microsoft’s answer to Android and iOS for tablets won’t be ready until Q3 2012. A recent report by Business Week says that Microsoft won’t launch a tablet version of Windows until the 2012 back-to-school season, which by all measures will be too late for the software giant.

“If 2011 is the year of the tablet wars, Microsoft will be awfully late suiting up for that battle,said Michael Gartenberg, a New Jersey-based analyst for research firm Gartner Inc. It’s not a good position to be in.”

It has already been over an year since Apple unveiled the iPad and in less than a week, the iPad 2 will be available around the world. Android has also entered the tablet race and is poised to become the leading tablet platform soon, thanks to manufacturers like Motorola, Samsung and HTC rushing to launch tablets running Android.

Even HP’s webOS tablets and RIM’s Blackberry Playbook will be available by the end of 2011. Microsoft will likely be the last major entrant into the tablet arena, and it will probably be too late for it to gain a foothold of the market then. The only hope for Microsoft is if it is able to leverage the huge Windows market share in PCs and the power of the vast library of Windows software already available.

The tablet market is set to explode in the coming years, as consumer focus shifts from personal computers to tablets. By the time Windows tablets are launched, we will probably see the iPad 3 and the third generation of Android tablets in the market. The future of Microsoft’s tablet OS seems very bleak.