iPad is popular among American adults

popularity of tablets among american adultsThe popularity of the tablet is sky rocketing and 25% of American adults have embraced the technology.

According to the study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, the growth in tablet ownership has tremendously increased over the past year.

52% of them own an iPad while 48% own an Android based device.

The 52% market share of Apple’s iPad fell down from the previous year when it had 80% of the share. Android on the other hand continues to chomp down on the latter’s lead as the 15% market share of the previous year rose to 48%.

It is good to keep in mind that this study was made before Google released their Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire, so it is good to speculate that Android’s market share will still rise in the next few months.

The study also showed that the Kindle Fire is the most popular Android tablet, holding 21% of the market share of the 48% it’s holding.

Amongst mobile phone operating systems, 46% of American adults currently run on the Android OS, followed by iOS with 38%. Research In Motion’s BlackBerry only holds 10% of the share.

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iOS6 brings more for the iPad to do

No one will argue against the notion that Apple ‘s iPad revolutionized the tablet. Sure, it has existed before in other mediums, but no one has been able to perfect the business model and practicality of the tablet market until this bad boy arrived. Soon after, the other manufacturers began to create their own version of the tablet, and brought to life by the Android operating system. Android may not admit to it, but they were able to capitalize on what to do right in the tablet space, by looking at the things that the iPad did right.

The best thing about the rivalry between Apple ‘s iPad and Android ‘s tablet horde, is the proliferation of innovation by making sure they try to outshine each other. Apple just recently announced the many changes that they have planned for the iOS6 and its advantages for the iPad line. Will these changes be groundbreaking for you or will this be another ‘meh’ moment?

One of the most notable changes in the new iOS6 is the ability of iPhones to finally use Facetime over the cellular network. This ability also extends to the iPad line. If you were to look into the forums, this function has been greatly requested by a lot a of people. They just don’t see the point of video calling on a mobile device while being chained to a Wi-fi service. It’s a great thing that Apple finally saw this, too.

The rumored Apple version of Maps for both the iPhone and iPad has now officially been released as well. This seeks to beat Google at their own game, while adding their own flavor to the fray. Siri is making a comeback and an entrance to the iPad niche, and she now knows better how to get you to places. Android can’t tout anymore that they are the only device that provides an integrated turn by turn navigation. I can almost feel the heat of the flame wars regarding “patents” and “copying” from each other. While the Maps software is refreshing to finally have on a Apple device, they may want to reconsider their stand against copying ideas. Not everything is as detailed as Google’s extensive database yet, but that can follow with the next update. Rome was not built in a single conquest after all. Needless to say, having a huge-ass GPS system with you all the time is something worth looking at, especially with the new iPad’s retina display.

Android tablets pride themselves with being a powerful device, worthy of replacing your laptop. They have a full powered browser that is not as limited and closed off as the Safari browser in iOS. That may soon change, as Safari’s interaction to the web becomes more advanced, allowing easier uploads of photos and videos directly from the browser. There is still no flash player, mind you, so that full desktop experience is still quite far off compared to Android tablets. Still, they are addressing an issue, which is a wink to the right direction.

Have you ever seen those Sci-fi films where you are able to throw work into different screens for easier management? Desktop PC’s are able to do that to an extent by generating extended desktops across screens. This would of course mean that there is only one CPU and a bunch of monitors connected to it.

What people are hoping for, are scenarios where different individual devices are able to share a single job, or display a part of the whole while working together. This would be a real world equivalent to a large table full of paperwork, and several people working on that table. The iPad would serve as your workspace, and transferring work from one side of the ‘table’ to the other would become seamless or simply easy. No, this is not the reality that iOS6 will bring out, but its a start.

Overall, the ‘innovations’ of the iOS6 would seem like an answer to people’s complaints, save for the Maps. Siri has been around, they simply ported her over to a larger screen, and Facetime has been requested for quite some time now. At least, people will stay happy with their chosen device because it did more of what they requested, with shiny new versions of what they previously had.  Sad to say that this year’s release doesn’t really bring something incredibly innovative unlike the previous years. Instead, they look like they ‘copied’ more than ‘innovated’ this year. Regardless, it’s an update worth looking out for.

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Top 10 budget Android Tablet launched in CES 2012

CES is one of the most acclaimed electronic shows that attract biggest manufacturers showcasing their technologically advanced gadgets and raising the bar even higher every time.

As several announcements around ultrabooks were been made before, it was no surprise that CES will see plenty of action on the table front. The show had several advanced tables that will prove trendsetter in terms of technology, performance and convenience. From a 7-inch Android 4.0 tablet priced under 200 USD to a quad core tablet for just 25 USD, technology will soon touch everyone’s life alike. With so much buzz around display, most of the tablets had full HD displays.

As expected this CES 2012 did showcased an explosion of new tablet, each one distinguished with extraordinary HD display, outstanding gaming ability and some with 3D technology.

Here are the top 10 budget Android Tablet launched in CES 2012.

1. Viewsonic ViewPad E70

Viewsonic has broken its image of an under-performing cheap tablets manufacturer with the launch of Viewsonic Viewpad E70. This Viewpad is Ice Cream Sandwich-running Android 4.0. Priced at mere 169 USD, this tablet runs on 1GHz processor for seamless performance. However, there is nothing notable about this tab other than the aforementioned features. A 7-inch 800×600 display is of high definition quality allows you to enjoy applications on the go. At such reasonable price such high performance tablet is not commonplace. With Viewsonic Viewpad tablet will be in everyone’s reach in future.

2. LePan Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets

LePan is a not so known tablet brand in the market till CES 2012. The less known manufacturer set eyeballs rolling this year with its Android gadgets. LePan III is an excellent tablet that is powered by a dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It is fitted with 1 GB RAM and its processor can reach 1.5 GHz. Last but not the least, LePan III has 8 GB of storage, 4.0 Bluetooth for seamless connectivity and 5-megapixel camera on the back. For video chat this tablet comes with a 2-megapixel camera on up front. 1080p video output allows the user have HD video recording on the go. Another one from the manufacturer is LePan II that runs on 3.4 Android Honeycomb with all the aforesaid features except a slower dual-core 1.2 GHz processor.

3. Panasonic ToughPad A1

The Panasonic ToughPad A1 as the name suggests is all about durability. This tablet can survive water damage and normal shocks with aplomb. Its matte display gives it an elegant look. This tablet is been designed especially for enterprise as well as military personnel. It is loaded with latest software and runs on 3.2 Android Honeycomb OS. With a RAM size of 1 GB RAM and 10.1 inch diagonal screen, 2 megapixels front and a 5 megapixels rear camera, this tablet is just ideal for rough working environments

4. Gadmei E8 3D glasses-free 3D Android 4.0 Tablet

Gadmei showcased in CES 2012, its first glasses free 3D Android 4.0 tablet that runs on Android 4.0.3 on 1 GHz Cortex processor and I GB RAM. The storage capacity is around 8 GB with a 0.3 megapixels, optional 2 megapixels rear camera. It has an 8-inch, 1280×768 display screen that uses a parallel barrier glass-free 3D technology. So, when it comes to 3D pictures and movies, Gadmei E8 is frankly awesome as compared to Gadmei T863.

5. Toshiba Excite X10

Toshiba Excite X10 that was launched at IFA and Japan with a different name some time ago was a center of attraction at CES 2012. It has been recently introduced in the American markets as Excite X10. It is an ultra slim tablet that weighs 1.2 pounds and runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system. One can also upgrade this tablet to Ice Cream Sandwich. This tablet is powered with 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor and 1GB of RAM. It has a 10.1-inch, 1280×800 display screen with a 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter.
Toshiba has priced the 16 GB version of this tablet at 529.99 USD

6. Asus MeMO Me370T

Asus MeMO Me370T by Asus won the “Best of CES” award in the tablet category. This tablets runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It is powered with 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm processor and 1280 x 800px resolution 7 inch HP display screen. This tablet is all about performance and has been reasonably priced at 250 USD.

7. Lenovo K2 10-inchTablet

This tablet is one of the most sophisticated and optimum quality, Ice Cream Sandwich implementations. Powered with Android 4.0 operating system and 10-inch display screen and 2 GB RAM, Lenovo K2 tablet will push the bar even higher for multimedia aspirations in its genre. In addition, this tablet also features a fingerprint scanner, a camera and LED flash on the back

8. Acer Iconia Tab A510

NVIDIA in partnership with Acer has launched Acer Iconia Tab A510 with quad-core Tegra 3 behind Android 4.0. This processor can clock up to 1.3 GHz and Ice Cream Sandwich operating system seems to work quit fine on this tab. It has a 10 inch, 1280x 800 HD screen. Acer Iconia Tab A510 comes laden with advanced stock of software and games

9. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

Samsung also set many eye balls rolling with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. This tablet is already available and has been well received in the US markets. However, this one had a new feature added to it, the LTE connectivity. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has super AMOLDED plus HD display screen. It is powered with a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and runs on Android 3.1, Honeycomb. If required then one can also upgrade it to Ice Cream Sandwich. For HD video recording it is laced with a 3.15-megapixel rear-facing camera along with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

10. Lenovo IdeaTab S2

It’s a 10.1-inch tablet from Lenovo which is fitted with dual-core Android 4.0 running on Qualcomm’s edge cutting Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor. Lenovo IdeaTab S2 weighs 1.1 pounds and is one third of an inch in thickness. The battery backup is excellent and can last up to 20 hours. Last but not the least, a Kernel level security system places it amongst the most secure tablets available in the market.

About the author: Alia Haley is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and luxury. Beside this she is fond of phones and bikes. Recently an article on network security attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on bike accessories.

Mozilla launches Firefox for Android phones and tabs

Following the release of Firefox 9.0 just this month, Mozilla has also launched a version of this browser  for Android phones and tablets.

Mozilla has specifically redesigned and optimized the user interface of this version to work excellently on tablets.

A blog posted by the company explains the changes.

Firefox for Android leverages large tablet screen sizes and optimizes popular features for tablets. The Awesome Screen integrates Firefox Sync and makes it easy to access your browsing history, open tabs, bookmarks and saved passwords across desktop and mobile devices so you can type less and browse more.

The blog also introduces the Action Bar menu which allows users to access Firefox Preferences, Add-ons, downloads and other services.

“The Action Bar adds the back, forward and bookmark buttons for easy access,” the blog writes. “One-touch bookmarks enable you to add an icon to your Android home screen for your favorite websites and Web apps, making Web apps as easy to use as native apps.”

Lastly, the Firefox for Android also includes tools for HTML5  developers such as  HTML5 Input Tag for Camera Access and supports  the HTML5 Form Validation API.

The new Firefox browser for Android-based phones and tablets is now available for download here.

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