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.

What’s running on your smartphone?

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Amazon takes revenge on Google while striking at Apple

The new Amazon tablets are out, and the Kindle Fire has never looked better. When we thought Amazon and their upstart Kindle Fire was finally put to rest by Google’s Nexus 7, they launched a counter offensive that not only sought to out price the Nexus 7, but also sought outperform the Google product.

Amazon launched a flurry of tablets during the press event. First is the revived Kindle Fire with better RAM, processor, and battery, making it viable option despite the Nexus 7. It was also priced competitively low, at only $159 apiece. That is not bad, considering the original Kindle Fire was still very attractive to customers even when the Nexus 7 was already out.

If the revamped Kindle Fire was not enough to beat Google’s Nexus 7 on the spot, they have a new device at the $199 price point – the Kindle Fire HD. It is everything the Kindle Fire once was, with a high definition display, a 5GHz band Wi-Fi capability, and better sound Dolby Digital Plus. It also beats the Nexus 7 in the memory category, starting at 16 GB at $199 and 32 GB at $249. The Nexus 7 16 GB version starts at $249. Amazon really rules in price right now.

It uses a customized secure Amazon Android ICS version. There is no word on getting Jelly Bean, but it wouldn’t matter, as Amazon routinely cuts out anything Google from the OS, so the Google-centric changes in Jelly Bean would not even make it to the device. Amazon even makes sure the default search engine searches Amazon’s site first, especially for purchasable items and multimedia content.

At this point, everything Amazon did was more than expected. They managed to dish out a competitive product while keeping the price lower than the Google Nexus 7. What we didn’t expect, is Amazon attacking the Apple iPad.

Using the 3rd Generation iPad as a benchmark, Amazon shows how they beat Apple in competitive pricing with their Kindle Fire HD 8.9, but first, let’s look at what the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has to offer.

The larger Kindle Fire HD tablet has a Retina class display, going at 254 ppi, compared to the iPad with a 264 ppi. Both devices have highly dense displays that make sure you won’t see the pixels when you look at the screen.

The Kindle Fire HD also sports a dual band Wi-Fi antenna, which in theory makes browsing the internet much faster than both the Nexus 7 and the iPad 3. Usage of this technology will still depend on your Wi-Fi router, but it is still an awesome addition to the product specifications.

Speaking of specifications, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 also uses a dual core processor similar to the old version, but with a better integrated GPU. This allows higher graphical performance necessary for the Retina quality displays. The processor is clocked at a whopping 1.8 GHz. Much like the iPad, the Kindle Fire HD also has a 4G LTE version, aptly named the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE.

Now back to the pricing, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 starts at $299 for the 16 GB version, while the iPad is priced at $499. It is even lower than the 2nd Generation iPad, which is currently priced at $399 for the 16 GB model.

Going higher in memory, the Wi-Fi only Kindle is priced at $399 for the 32 GB version while the 4G LTE version is priced at $499 for 32 GB. The new iPad is priced at $599 for Wi-Fi, and $729 for the 4G version.

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE also has a 64 GB option, priced at $599. The iPad has 64 GB on both the Wi-Fi and 4G options, but are priced at a hefty sum of $699 and $829 respectively.

As you can see, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, which was presented in a way that truly screams “aimed at the iPad”, is priced very competitively. Google tried to beat Amazon in price, and Amazon just beat them back to the ground taking Apple along for the ride.

This has yet to take into consideration the added Kindle specific features that are not present in other Android versions, most notably, the high integration with the Amazon AppStore, the X-Ray for books and movies, and the advanced built in parental controls.

There are certainly a lot of factors to consider when buying your tablet. If price is all you are worried about, then the Kindle lineup has you covered while providing features and specifications that are able to go toe to toe with all the other tablets in the market. Will a Kindle be your next device?

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Google might make the Nexus 7 truly mobile with 3G

The Google Nexus 7 has truly been popular. The Nexus name itself is enough of a reason to get it if you are into Android, but there were a lot of things about the Nexus that can really catch a person’s attention the first time they see it.

The Google Nexus 7 was made alongside ASUS, who is known in the Android community as a popular Android tablet maker. They make it really cheap, too. The Nexus 7 was made with ASUS’ connection to get the lowest price for the best parts possible.

The Nexus 7 had a price tag of $199, the same price tag that competitor Amazon had for their Kindle fire. The main difference here is the sheer power that the Nexus 7 brings to the customer at that price. You get a quad core Tegra 3 processor, a 7 inch 1280×800 HD display, emerging tech such as the NFC based Android Beam, and best of all, the latest Android operating system, 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Kindle Fire was blown out the water in an instance. The Nexus 7 beat it in every way, making it the clear choice in a low cost, high yield android tablet market. Despite the popularity, the Google Nexus 7 had a few faults that critics seem to focus at.

One is the lack of SD memory expansion. Just to say, for a Nexus device, that is already a given. Google seeks to encourage Nexus users to utilize the cloud based services, such as Google Drive, Google Music, Google Videos, etc., in the absence of memory space. I didn’t see what the issue was, as Amazon’s little Kindle Fire didn’t have one as well.

The Google Nexus 7 was indeed built to be a mobile device, but Google failed in one area – connectivity. Since the device was meant to be a mobile device that focuses on cloud based services, it is a given that the user would need internet access all the time to access their data on the cloud. The problem was the Google Nexus 7 was only built with Wi-Fi connectivity.

People have worked around the issue by tethering data from their mobile phones when on the go, but this causes battery strain for 2 devices at the same time. Many wished that the Nexus 7 had access to network based data. Google probably figured this out, so according to a “reliable and well-placed source”, Google is about ready to ship a batch of Nexus 7 equipped with 3G capabilities in a matter of 6 weeks (give or take).

If this leak is proven to be true, a lot of people hesitant about getting a Nexus 7 for themselves would surely have good reason to get one if their only cause for concern is the lack of 3G data. Do take note that while it will have 3G capabilities, it does not mean that it can be used for texting and calling.

Are you finally ready to give Google’s latest Nexus a go? Sure, it will be priced a bit higher for adding 3G technologies, but it will still be the best bang for your buck tablet out there. It definitely beats the previous Kindle Fire, but I wonder how well it would fare now that the second Kindle Fire is nearly on stage?

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Nexus 7? Acer Iconia Tab A110 says “Challenge accepted”

True to the purpose of the Nexus name, the Nexus 7 has set the bar for any upcoming 7-inch Jelly Bean tablets in the pipeline. If the sales and demand of the Nexus 7 is anything to go by, it is pretty obvious that the formula just works, and works real well for the consumers.

For just $200, the consumer has access to a very powerful device. It provides the best bang for your buck at the moment, and it rocks the Nexus name, which means all updates are direct from Google, and they will be the first devices to receive the updates. It is also the first and only device to ship out with Android’s latest dessert named version, 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Despite the device’s popularity, it doesn’t go unscathed, as criticisms are also widespread about the Jelly Bean device. Not only it does not have an SD card slot, but it also works only with Wi-Fi as a source of data, which means taking it along with you to zero Wi-Fi zones means that you will lose pretty much half the purpose of the device, which centers around social media, cloud storage, and browsing ease.

In comes the Acer Iconia Tab A110, which is quite the mouthful by the way. It sets its sights on a post Nexus 7 world, but will it make the cut?

The Acer Iconia Tab A110 sports pretty much every feature that the Nexus 7 sports. We have a quad core Tegra 3 SOC, a 7 inch screen albeit with a lower 1024 x 600 pixel resolution,  the same basic connectivity options such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with all the usual sensors, minus the Magnetometer as well as no mention of an NFC capability. The Acer Iconia Tab A110 beats the Nexus 7 front camera with a 2.0 megapixel one, but suffers a loss to the Nexus 7’s battery capacity.

What makes the Acer Iconia Tab A110 a viable opponent to the Google branded Nexus 7, is the fact that it has an option for mobile data connectivity, as well as a micro SD expansion slot, which are the main weaknesses of the popular tablet. Not to mention that if the rumors are to be believed, the Acer Iconia Tab A110 will sport a $200 price tag, which places the new tablet at a competitive price range.

It was originally announced to have Ice Cream Sandwich, but a recent press shot shows that it will possibly come with Jelly Bean right off the box. This puts the count of native Jelly Bean tablets to 2, which is an awesome development, especially if this will be ported to the rest of the Acer Iconia devices.

It looks like the Nexus 7 has fulfilled its purpose of setting the bar, and forcing manufacturers to rise to the challenge and put out their own low priced, high spec devices.

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Nexus 7 tablet by Google gets sold-out on pre-sale!

Google seems to be satisfied until now with the pre-sales of the Nexus 7 tablet, which makes them create its first commercial.

In the video “Nexus 7: camping” we see a father and son moment in the woods, being accompanied of course by a Nexus 7 tablet. One might say that the commercial is not anything special. Other might notice that it manages to show our addiction to technology. Others even take this addiction for granted , since the anticipation for the Nexus 7 tablet is already high.

According to a recent post by Google, shipments of the 16GB Nexus 7 tablet will be delayed, due to its high demand. Many eshops that were accepting pre-sale orders are already out of stock for the 16GB version, which is sold for 249$, although you can still pre-order the 8GB version, for only 199$.

Even though we are not yet sure of the impressions on the Nexus 7 tablet and whether it will be a successful tablet, in terms of performance, Google seems to have achieved the first goal, making the customers pre-ordering it like crazy.

What about you? Are you considering buying it? Should we trust Google and order it?

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Your Nexus 7 pre-order may soon be at your doorstep

Good news to those who have pre-ordered their Google Nexus 7 tablets from Google Play. It seems like you will be receiving your device soon as an automated phone message on Google’s support line is saying that shipment for those who have pre-ordered the Nexus 7 have already begun.

The message says that pre-orders are scheduled to ship within the next three days. If your Nexus 7 tablet is shipped, you will receive an email confirmation and the tracking number of the package.

The Nexus 7 tablet is priced at $199 and is being pitted against the likes of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet and the Nook Tablet of Barnes & Noble.

The Nexus 7 is pre-installed with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and has access to all the apps in Google’s Play Store and from Amazon.

Compared with other tablets in the market, the Nexus 7 packs a higher resolution screen and a faster processor.

But if you check the Google Play page, it says that the Nexus 7 will be shipped weeks from now, specifically 1-2 weeks.

The Nexus 7 tablet was designed to have a better battery life. Google says that owners can enjoy up to 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing experience and 10 hours of e-reading for one single charge.

Let’s see what Google has to offer then!

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Google Nexus 7 packs a mean battery punch!

Google’s upcoming Google Nexus 7 tablet has to be seen not from the outside, but from the inside then out.

Taking a look at the Google Nexus 7 tablet, it is not as impressive as it is. But when you take a look at its impressive battery, you’d surely stop and rethink about buying other tablets.

The Google Nexus 7 tablet has a 4,236 mAh, 16 Wh battery, which can let you tinker with your tablet for over 9 hours and 50 minutes. This data comes from iFixIt which presumably has done a test for the product.

Although the Nexus 7 tablet’s battery is smaller, compared to Amazon Kindle Fire’s 4,400 mAh, the latter can only last up to seven hours.

Some even say that the Google Nexus 7 can last up to ten hours which can be compared to Apple’s latest iPad.

What’s great about the Nexus 7 is that you can easily reach the battery of the latter without using a screwdriver. This is something new with the Nexus 7 and something that the iPad can’t do.

The Google Nexus 7 tablet has a quad core processor and is being run by the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.

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Google set to release Nexus 7 this July

Google Inc. is set to sell their first ever tablet this July hoping to barge into the tablet market, which is currently being dominated by Apple’s iPad.

Google’s entry to the market could help boost the development of tablet specific apps for their own Android software. Microsoft is set to follow in Google’s steps with their impending “Surface” tablet launch.

The Nexus 7, which is a collaboration between Asus and Google, was unveiled during the company’s annual developers conference.

The unveiling of the Nexus 7 tablet comes barely a month after Google acquired Motorola Mobility.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin was present during the event and demoed the Google Glass. The latter can livestream events and perform computing tasks. Google Glass is set to be priced at $1,500.

But what was on the spotlight during the conference was the Nexus tablet. It will be sold initially at Google Play online store, priced at $199. It is a 7 inch tablet that has a front facing camera.

Google director of engineering for Android Chris Yerga said, “Nexus 7 is an ideal device for reading books. The form factor and weight are just right.”

Google is offering the Nexus 7 to buyers, with a $25 credit that they can use to purchase app at the Google Play store.

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Nexus soon to launch tablet?

We’ve had the Nexus 1, the Nexus S, and a Galaxy Nexus. The Nexus series of phones, which are supposed to provide the default Android experience without any manufacturer software changes. These would be the phones to get if you want the fastest updates with the highest compatibility with the Android Operating system.
The Nexus line has so far only focused on the Phone market. That is about to change, as Eric Schmidt confirmed last December the release of a Nexus 7 – an all-purpose tablet, aimed to beat the popularity of the Kindle fire by competing in prices. This tablet is rumored to arrive this week!

The Nexus 7 is believed to be developed mainly by ASUS. This would come as no surprise because of ASUS’ success in providing cheap, yet high quality tablets that really sell. Yes, we are talking about the original ASUS  Transformer. This would make them a logical partner in creating a powerful low price tablet.

Specs and features were eventually ‘leaked’ and discovered by the community. What we knowm so far is that will be a 7-inch tablet, a direct competitor to the cheap e-book readers by Amazon (Kindle Fire) and Barnes and Noble (Nook). It will have the standard 1GB of RAM, and would feature 8 GB or 16 GB models. There is also much faith put in that it will also sport a higher resolution, hopefully around 1280 x 800. This would be better than the Kindle Fire, which only sports 1024 x 600. The kicker is of course, for a Nexus device, the Operating System. Rumors and leaks suggest that the release of the Nexus 7 will be the dawn of the release of Android 4.1 codenamed: Jelly Bean. This will be a huge bonus, as the Kindle Fire only sports a restricted version of Android.

Since this is made by ASUS, and focuses on the tablet experience, it is expected that the tablet would run with the Tegra 3 or something better. This would effectively make this tablet a powerful all-in-one e-reader, productivity tool and gaming console package, which will be hopefully cheap,too. We hope ASUS will not let us down.

To further bolster the campaign for NFC adaptation, Google is bound to make sure that it will sport an NFC chip and allow it to use Google wallet. Google will also make sure that they will be directly responsible with the management and update of the Nexus 7’s software – something we wish they would do for all phones.

The Kindle fire currently retails at around $199. If the Nexus 7 is to beat that, it has to be the same price, or slightly lower. With the expected specs of the Nexus 7, there shouldn’t even be a problem if the device is just the same price as the Kindle Fire. With that kind of price to beat, it would be rather foolish to hope that the Nexus 7 will have phone features just like the 7 inch Galaxy Tabs. That being said, I would like to be foolish as I wish for this ability to be included in the tablet. What can I say? A 7 inch phone is attractive to me.

The fact of the matter is, the Nexus 7 is going to arrive sooner or later. It has already been confirmed by Schmidt himself. We are not sure how big a wave it will make, but it will be a tough challenge for Amazon to top that with the next Kindle. This begs the question who bought a whole bunch of Kindle Fires during the holidays. Will you be willing to switch over to the Nexus 7? Or will you be rooting and waiting for Amazon’s next move in the tablet market?

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