Tablet News Bits: Apple Blocks Samsung, HTC Puccini Coming Soon?

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The tablet news is breaking at a fast and furious pace and it is difficult to keep up. Similar to our tablet spec cheat sheet, consider this your tablet news cheat sheet.

Germany Blocks Sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1Apple has won a major battle in the patent war with Samsung. A new ruling by a regional court in Germany has granted Apple a preliminary injunction, halting the sale and advertising of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across Europe, with the exception of the Netherlands. Though Samsung can appeal the ruling, the decision stands until then. 

Source: Engadget 

Apple Suit Looks to Stop Xoom Sales in Europe 
Apple may have more than Samsung in its sites. The iPad maker is also targeting the Motorola Xoom, with a complaint regarding the design of the original Honeycomb slate.

Source: Slashgear 

Motorola CEO Discusses Future Plans
Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha spoke about the future of the company and upcoming tablet endeavors while at the Oppenheimer Annual Technology & Communication Conference. In reference to lessons learned from the Xoom launch: “Price points move much faster than we anticipated. We needed to launch globally with Wi-Fi much earlier. You’ll see us launch in second half with our tablets, much more aggressive form factors, much greater differentiation in terms of enterprise capability, in terms of multimedia and in terms of distribution, and potentially some marketing plans behind that.” 

Jha also hinted at a new brand name to market products to a bigger audience, and that the company’s focus is no longer just with Verizon and the DROID group.

Source: Droid Life 

HTC Puccini… Coming Soon? 
The HTC Puccini may be launched fairly soon, as reports surface that HTC has sent invitations to members of the press for an event on September 1st. And since the company has no major handsets set for release, we can only assume that the Puccini will be the main event.  

Source: HTCsource  

LG G-Slate to Get Honeycomb Update
The LG G-Slate will be getting an update to Android 3.1 Honeycomb in the upcoming days. The improvement will allow for USB accessories hosting, a larger recent apps list, resizable home screen widgets and a handful of minor UI tweaks. 

Source: TmoNews 

Acer Launches Iconia Tab A100
Acer Iconia Tab A100The Acer Iconia Tab A100, a 7-inch Android 3.2 Honeycomb-based tablet, is now available at SuperBiiz and priced $334 for the 8GB model. The device features a NVIDIA Tegra 250 dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. The slate sports a multitouch screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution, a 2MP front-facing camera and a 5MP rear-facing camera. The Acer tablet also hasWi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a microHDMI connector, USB 2.0 and microUSB 2.0 and a microSD/microSDHC card reader. 

Source: Laptoping 

Amazon on the Hunt for Web Browser Expert
Last week a job listing for a WebKit development engineer was posted for Lab126, the Silicon Valley auxiliary that makes Amazon’s hardware, indicating that the online retailer could be looking to either develop a browser for its rumored Android tablet, or build better versions of Amazon’s apps for other platforms, like iOS and Windows.

Source: Business Insider 

Barnes & Noble Offers New NOOK Customers the Classics for Free 
Barnes & Noble is launching a back-to-school promotion offering consumers who buy a NOOK Color or other new NOOK reader by September 12 a collection of classic books and study guides. Users must register their device by October 31 to be eligible. Some of the classics include: BeowulfA Tale of Two Citiesand Metamorphosis.

Source: CNet 

Hope for iPad Competitors in Europe
While recent research predicts the iPad will take 80 percent of all tablet sales this year in North America, according to the same report the tablet will only take 70 percent of the market in Europe this year. Competitors will gain an advantage in Europe due to Apple’s smaller retail presence and less lionized reputation in the region. 

Source: PaidContent 

A Tribune Tablet? 
The Tribune Company, which owns the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun, among dozens of local TV affiliates, plans to launch its own tablet as an incentive to get customers to subscribe to newspapers long-term. The company plans to give the tablet free or at an inexpensive price to customers who sign a subscription contract. 

Source: TGDaily 

Vudu Streams to iPad through Web App
Walmart’s Vudu movie streaming service will now stream movies over a web app to the iPad, skirting Apple of sharing in Walmart’s revenue.

Source: TechCrunch 

Kindle Air Rumors Fly
A recent domain registration suggests a new product, dubbed the Kindle Air, is in the works. Though Amazon’s name wasn’t present in the registration information, the name MarkMonitor was. This is the firm Amazon just used to register and 

Source: Engadget 







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