With the iPad mini flying into stores this Friday, some might see the end of the road for Google's Nexus 7 tablet -- but manufacturer Asustek claims that's not the case, with shipments fast approaching seven digits each month.
Yesterday, Amazon's Jeff Bezos took the stage to talk about the company's new line of Kindles. The Paperwhite, despite its sort of goofy name, looks promising enough. But the Kindle Fire HD may prove the most stunning example of how Amazon plans to muscle its way into tablet market domination. Can it really beat the iPad at its own game?
Google I/O kicked off with a keynote address Wednesday morning in San Francisco, and following the introduction of Android 4.1 "Jellybean" and Google Play updates, the search giant announced its own branded tablet, the Nexus 7.
Microsoft may have impressed with its Surface tablet last week, but this week it's likely to be Google's turn, with the search giant rumored to be introducing its own seven-inch, Nexus-branded slate at the Google I/O developer conference on Wednesday.
As the old saying goes, “If you can’t beat ‘em, just make ‘em bigger.” Oh, that’s not the old saying? Somebody needs to tell Toshiba, who has just announced a new line of Android 4.0-based Excite tablets in a trio of sizes, including a massive 13.3 inches.
If you’ve happened to watch Wednesday’s keynote on Apple’s website, you may have noticed a curious thing that CEO Tim Cook did early on -- he stopped the show for a moment to get a few swift kicks in the head to Android’s Twitter app, which he dismissed as simply a “blown-up smartphone app.”
For months prior to the Kindle Fire announcement, pundits were quick to label it “iPad killer.” However, Google has more to fear than Apple: the 7-inch device further fragments Android with a slick new UI that completely disguises (and improves upon) the search giant’s mobile OS, while the $199 price tag slyly kneecaps the search giant’s own tablet partners. This is not an iPad killer–but it doesn’t have to be. Kindle Fire is the newest weapon in Amazon’s content strategy, mixing music, video, and apps with a familiar brand that ties neatly into an ever-expanding ecosystem.
Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire hits stores on Tuesday, and the floodgates opened at midnight on Monday for reviewers to unleash their thoughts on the Android-based tablet -- and, of course, how it will or will not threaten Apple’s current domination of the tablet market with the iPad 2. Here’s a look at what the reviewers have to say.
This was one of the most interesting and exciting weeks for iOS gaming in recent memory...if you're a specific type of gamer. There's not much on offer this week for the average casual gamer (except the future money tree Snoopy's Street Fair), but if you're a hardcore gamer this is the week for you. There's some juicy drama coming to the tablet gaming space with GameStop beginning to stock Android tablets, and Rockstar has said some other Grand Theft Auto games could make it to iOS in the future.
While we anxiously await what Apple has up its sleeve in the next iPhone, another tech giant seems to have something coming down their respective pipeline. According to the New York Post, Amazon is planning to release their own version of a tablet in September or October. The kicker though? The company is reportedly planning to release it for "hundreds less" than Apple's entry-level iPad 2.