Tablet News Bits: In Memory of webOS

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The TouchPad may be dead, but the tablet market goes on. In the wake of the HP TouchPad’s untimely demise, other stories concerning tablets from Sony, Lenovo and HTC were making news.

Apple’s iPad is Tablet of Choice for Consumers, says Report
According to a recent report, consumers looking to buy a new tablet are only interested in the iPad. In a survey of 1,114 people, 95 percent of the respondents chose the Apple iPad as their preferred slate with the HP TouchPad being the closest competitor grabbing 10.4 percent interest. The survey was conducted before HP announced it had killed the device.

Source: New York Times 

Windows-based Tablets More Enterprise-Friendly Says Dell 
While Apple’s iPad and Android-based tablet PCs continue to occupy the consumer tablet PC market, Windows-based tablet PCs are still the favored devices for the enterprise market, according to Kirk Shell, executive director and general manager at Business Client Product Group with Dell. Schell noted that Microsoft’s Windows provides businesses with security and compatibility, while claiming tablet PCs are harder to use with for daily work. 

Source: DigiTimes 

Lenovo A1-07Lenovo A1-07 Debuts in China
The Lenovo A1-07 made its debut in China earlier this week, sporting a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 display and Android Honeycomb. The 16GB model features a 1GHz TI OMA3622 processor, 512MB or RAM, a microUSB port and front- and back-facing cameras. While Lenovo’s keeping hush on details of the tablet’s U.S. release and price, the slate is going for ¥2,500 (about $390) in China.

Source: Engadget 

Puccini is the Jetstream and Coming to AT&T
If the rumors are true, the HTC 10-inch, LTE-powered tablet known by the codename Puccini will be branded the HTC Jetstream when the device is sold by AT&T. New screenshots of the slate confirm its 4G capabilities and raise expectations that it will pack a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. While there has been  no talk of when the Jetstream will hit AT&T, it’s suspected that the Puccini will go under a different moniker when sold internationally. 

Source: Pocketnow 

Best Buy: Buy a TV Get a Tablet 
With sales of non-Apple tablets not matching expectations, Best Buy will be offering a free tablet with a TV purchase. The electronics retailer announced that from Aug. 21-27 customers will get a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 when they buy a 46-inch 3D Samsung HDTV TV (priced at $1499.99). 

Source: PC Mag

Samsung can Sell Tab 10.1 in E.U.; German Court Partly Lifts Ban
The preliminary injunction barring Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in most of the European Union has been partly lifted after it was debated if a German court has the authority to stop a South Korea-based company from selling goods outside of Germany. Though Samsung will still defend itself in Germany on Aug. 25, the injunction Apple filed still stands in Germany, freezing all sales of the Tab 10.1 until then. 

Source: Wall Street Journal

Google Reader App Gets Upgrade
The Google Reader App for Android is updated and available now in the Android Market. The upgrade brings enhancements such as easier sharing capabilities, a cleaner appearance, new transitions when browsing and, arguably most importantly, the app is now optimized for Honeycomb tablets. 

Source: Mobile Burn 

Sony’s S1 and S2 to Hit India Soon
Sony's S1 and S2It appears that Sony’s first Android tablets, the S1 and S2, will most likely be released in India next month (September). Both devices feature a custom Sony UI, dual-core processors and will retail for 29,000 INR, or $640. The S1 slate may also become available for pre-order in the U.K. starting Sept. 1, while the S2 may be released in the U.S. sometime soon. 

Source: Unwired View 

Apple Looking to Add DisplayPort to SOCs
A new job posting for Apple fuels rumors that the company is looking to add support for the DisplayPort video standard to upcoming versions of its systems on a chip. The listing asked for a signal integrity and power integrity manager, as well as someone with experience in DisplayPort, to help build custom chops for use in future mobile products.

Source: Apple Insider 

Microsoft Closes the Book on MS Reader 
Microsoft has cancelled its MS Reader system, which was first made available in 2000, years before the Kindle or NOOK came to be. The application was intended for the consumption of eBooks on LCD screens, though the program received little support, with the last desktop version appearing in 2007. The company may have new eBook support in the form of a custom reader app on Windows 8, but we will have to wait to see. 

Source: TechCrunch 

Logitech Debuts Portable Tablet Speakers
Logitech speakers for iPadLogitech has unveiled a new speaker for iPads and Android tablets that connects to the headphone port, supplying users with a louder volume than their device’s internal speakers offer. The Logitech speaker charges via a USB and has a battery life up to eight hours, claims the company. The speaker is now available on Logitech’s website for pre-order, with a September shipping date in mind. 

Source: Blog. Logitech 




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