As Halloween approaches, our eyes and minds turn to the fall product launches and CES 2012 where we will see the next generation of tablets. One of which, the ASUS Transformer Prime has already been revealed, with new pictures leaking earlier this week. Take a gander, and read on for the all the scoop on the latest tablet news. But first, don’t forget to check out which Apple apps are the most essential as well as our new Amazon Kindle and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 reviews.
HP’s Bradley Calls webOS Rumors Unfounded
Earlier this week, HP CEO Meg Whitman announced the company’s decision to keep its Personal Systems Group, which is responsible for its consumer and business PCs and tablets. Whitman also recommitted HP to Windows 8, but announced only that a decision had yet to be made regarding the future of webOS. However, a Guardian report the next day declared that HP had all but officially killed the mobile operating system it acquired in 2010. In response, HP executive VP Todd Bradley called the rumors unfounded and reiterated that HP was still mulling over how to best utilize webOS.
ASUS Transformer Prime Pictures Leak
While ASUS head Jonney Shih revealed the next generation Transformer tablet earlier this month at the AsiaD conference, Shih was short on specifics, leaving us wondering… until now. Thanks to a few leaked photos, we’ve got a pretty good visual of the 10-inch device and its docking keyboard accessory. As it appears in the images, the Android-based tablet will sport a cover of aluminum, which is accompanied by a rear camera with LED flash. Also apparent in the pictures are subtle hints of a micro HDMI port, microSD card reader and an audio jack combo. The touchpad size appears similar to that of its predecessor, though with selection keys integrated in the touch surface. Though ASUS won’t officially unveil this tablet until Nov. 9, we do know this will be the first mobile tablet with NVIDIA’s quad-core chipset.
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Samsung Reveals First Galaxy Note Commercial
Remember the Samsung Galaxy Note, the device Sammy unveiled at this year’s IFA that straddled the line between tablet and smartphone? Well we finally have a closer look at the PDA thanks to a new commercial where Samsung shows off the device’s Super AMOLED display, as well as its docking stylus.
DirecTV Updates iPad app to Include Live Streaming
DirecTV’s latest update to its iPad app brings users the ability to watch 38 channels live on the tablet. Unfortunately, v1.3.1 will only stream the channels if the tablet is connected to the same home network as the DirecTV Plus HD DVR. Additionally, the app won’t stream DVRed content, only live TV. While the free app also offers users a selection of remote control and content browsing options, iPad owners wishing to watch recorded shows on their mobile devices will need the Nomad box.
What Tablet Owners are Using their Slates For
With 11 percent of U.S. adults now owning a tablet device, it appears most people are using their devices to read the news, according to a new report. As nearly half, or 53 percent, of users access news related content daily on their tablets, the survey found tablet owners were reluctant to pay for this information on their devices. Additionally, 30 percent of users said they spend more time getting news now than they did previously to owning a tablet. The report found that tablet news users now prefer their new devices over traditional computers, print publications or television as an outlet to get quick news headlines, as well as more in-depth pieces.
Corning Announces Lotus Glass
The company that brought us Gorilla Glass has just announced a new material to be used in LCD and OLED screens: Lotus Glass. Corning promises the latest glass will offer a high-resolution display without guzzling up too much power. While the company didn’t go into too much detail regarding its latest product, it did say that due to the glass’ intrinsic stability it can withstand intense thermal cycles, providing better than conventional LCD glass substrates.
Bloomberg TV app Now Streams Live TV 24/7
All business folks and news junkie rejoice for Bloomberg is now streaming Live TV with their Bloomberg TV app for free on the iPad. The app will stream live TV 24 hours a day and feature on-demand content like TechStars, interviews and more. Users can also download videos to watch while tablets are offline.
Motorola Announces Underwhelming 3Q11 Xoom Sales
Motorola Mobility announced its earnings for the third quarter this week, and it shipped just 100,000 Honeycomb tablets. By contrast, Apple sold 11.1 million iPads during its latest quarter. Motorola, which agreed to an acquisition by Google in August, shipped 440,000 Xoom units during the second quarter of 2011. It’s unknown how many of those units were actually sold and are not still sitting in inventory.
GameStop Sells Game-Oriented Android Tablets
Videogame retailer GameStop has begun selling mobile tablet devices at 200 locations as part of its plan to expand its gaming device offerings. The tablets, which are based on Google’s Android operating system, are made by a variety of manufacturers, including Acer and Samsung. The devices sell for their typical sticker prices, though they will come preloaded with seven free games, such as Dead Space and Madden NFL. The tablets also feature links to GameStop’s mobile application store, Kongregate Arcade, as well as the Android Market.
RIM Offers New Deal for PlayBook
RIM is offering a new deal on its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet: buy-two-get-one-free. The deal is aimed at enterprise users and will run until the end of 2011. As an incentive to buy the PlayBook, RIM will also give away one premium accessory per tablet purchased, so a leather sleeve, charging pod and 6 ft. HMDI cable are all up for grabs, as long as you shell out $300 for the device. RIM doesn’t specify which versions (16GB, 32GB, 64GB) of the tablet are available under this deal.