Posts Tagged ‘Galaxy Tab’
Although the Apple iPad 2 still dominates the tablet market, it looks like there are a growing number of shoppers who chose to get their hands on Android tablets. The number of Android tablets shipped grew to 39% in Q4 2011. This news comes to us via a report from Strategy Analytics analysts.
The report reveals that the total amount of tablets shipped in Q4 2011 was approximately 26.8 million. The amount of tablets shipped on the last quarter of last year was more than twice the amount of tablets shipped in the last quarter of 2010, which shipped 10.7 million tablets.
Although Apple’s iPad still dominates the market, its market shares dropped to 67% in Q4 2011 from 88% in Q4 2010. This is despite an increase of iPads shipped in the last months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 (15.4 million in Q4 2011 compared to 7.3 million in Q4 2010).
Director Niel Mawston of Strategy Analytics implied that a number of tablets were responsible for the rise in Android tablets shipped in the last months of last year. These are the Samsung Galaxy tabs such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, and the Amazon Kindle Fire.
He said, “Dozens of Android models distributed across multiple countries by numerous brands such as Amazon, Samsung, Asus and others have been driving volumes.”
The report also said that the preference towards tablets is growing. It says, “Consumers are increasingly buying tablets in preference to netbooks and even entry-level notebooks or desktops.”
Remember the rollercoaster ride HTC Desire users experienced with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update? It was initially announced that the update would be rolling out to the handset, and then HTC announced that the Desire would never receive the update. In the end, HTC announced that the Desire would be getting the Gingerbread update, but not all of its features. The Sense UI was blamed for this. Apparently, it consumed too much of the phone’s memory to accommodate the update. This is the same case with the Galaxy S and the original Galaxy Tab and the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update.
Samsung already announced that these older models would not be receiving the ICS update. However, the Korean firm failed to reveal the reason. Now, it has explained the reason behind the omission.
On Samsung’s official blog site, it explains that TouchWiz was the reason Ice Cream Sandwich was not possible on the two devices. Due to the UI, Video Calls, and Samsung Widgets, there wasn’t enough room in the ROM to accommodate the latest iteration of Android.
Although Samsung has announced that the Ice Cream Sandwich update will not be rolling out to the Galaxy S and the original Galaxy Tab, we’re certain hackers will find a way to port ICS to these older handsets. All you have to do now is wait.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is another addition to the Korean tech giant’s list of powerful tablets. Just like its bigger versions the Tab 10.1 and 8.9, it’s packed with powerful hardware and software only Samsung and Android have to offer.
Obviously, the slate sports a 7.7 inch touchscreen that will give you enough real estate for touch features. It is a Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen, offering a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. This will offer intense graphics, high-resolution images, and high-definition videos. According to Samsung, it will pack a 1.2 GHz (they also said 1.4 GHz) dual-core processor under the hood for unrivaled processing power.
Of course, this tablet will be powered by Honeycomb 3.2, which is optimized for 7 inch displays. This will offer better looking home screens, apps, and widgets.
Its back casing is fashioned from a single piece of aluminum, which makes it a bit tougher. It comes with a 3 MP primary camera and a 2 MP camera for video calls. Despite all of the hardware within the tablet, it is only 7.8 mm thick. This extremely slim slate will make it easier for users to carry around.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will come in three versions. These include 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB variants. Sadly, Samsung failed to mention a price tag. However, we’re sure they’ll announce more information in the next few days. We’ll keep you posted once we know more.