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IDC forecasts strong iPad growth at expense of Android

IDC forecasts strong iPad growth at expense of Android

According to new data from research firm IDC, it doesn't look like Android tablets will ever catch up to the iPad, at least not through 2016. IDC expects strong growth in the demand of tablets and has raised its forecast for the global tablet market to 107.4 million units this year, up from the previous forecast of 106.1 million units. However, Android's market share is expected to decline from 38.8 percent in 2011 to 36.5 percent in 2012.

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Microsoft rumored to launch Office on iPad in November

Microsoft rumored to launch Office on iPad in November

Microsoft will reportedly be launching its full Office suite on iPads and Android tablets this November. There have been attempts by third-parties such as OnLive and CloudOn to bring the popular productivity suite to tablets, but now Microsoft may officially release the suite itself, especially since it is expected to launch the more tablet-friendly Metro-styled Office with Windows 8 in October.

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Google’s Larry Page promises inexpensive tablet future

Google’s Larry Page promises inexpensive tablet future

In case you missed the earlier reports Google had their Q1 earnings call for 2012 today. Speaking on multiple things from Search, Chrome, Android, Google+ and more we were able to enjoy a few comments from CEO Larry Page. One in particular (other than their 10 billion revenues) was his quick but subtle answers when questioned about Android tablets. Below are some quotes right from Google's CEO himself.

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Tim Cook takes stab at Android “none of their tablets are a great experience”

Tim Cook takes stab at Android “none of their tablets are a great experience”

While Tim Cook is roaming around on stage during the Apple event we are covering live here, he took the opportunity to take a few quick jabs at the competitors. Those being Android and most directly -- Samsung. Talking about the tablet user experience and the fact that out of over 100 competitive Android tablets released none have a great experience. More details below.

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Samsung admits to tablet flop, expects success with new Galaxy Note series

Samsung admits to tablet flop, expects success with new Galaxy Note series

During a media roundtable today at MWC 2012, Samsung admitted that its efforts in the tablet market have missed the mark. Samsung product strategy exec Hankil Yoon was refreshingly direct, saying: "Honestly, we're not doing very well in the tablet market." However, the company appears confident in its new Galaxy Note series of tablets, which includes the 5-inch "phablet" phone-tablet hybrid version and the newly announced 10.1-inch model.

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Motorola Wi-Fi-only Droid Xyboard is now available

Motorola Wi-Fi-only Droid Xyboard is now available

The cheaper, Wi-Fi-only version of Motorola's latest and greatest Xyboard tablet has begun shipping. Pre-orders for the units are now being fulfilled, and the product pages on Verizon's website now show them as being available to purchase. The new products, which were originally scheduled for a January 18 launch, are geared at consumers who want a high-end tablet but don't care about being able to take it online any time they want.

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Coby reveals five Android 4.0 tablets for Q1 2012

Coby reveals five Android 4.0 tablets for Q1 2012

Coby Electronics announced today that it is preparing to offer five new tablets running Google's latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform in early 2012. The company promises to show the devices at CES in January, making it one of the first companies to have such an extensive lineup of Android 4.0 tablets.

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Adobe preps Photoshop Touch among six tablet-optimized apps for iPad, Android

Adobe preps Photoshop Touch among six tablet-optimized apps for iPad, Android

Adobe announced six tablet-optimized apps as part of its new cloud-based initiative that aims to enhance tools for creativity and sharing via iPads and Android tablets. Headlining the six apps is of course the company's Photoshop Touch that brings the image editing features of the powerful desktop Photoshop software to tablet devices.

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IDC: Tablets beat estimates, Android down, iOS up, Amazon’s tablet is actually an e-reader

IDC: Tablets beat estimates, Android down, iOS up, Amazon’s tablet is actually an e-reader

Research firm IDC released some interesting data this morning regarding tablet shipments for Q2 of 2011 as well as predictions for the second half of the year. Beating estimates, tablet shipments are now expected to reach 62.5 million in 2011, up from the original forecast of 53.5 million units. Apple's iPad 2 shipments continue to surge as Android slips and RIM enters. WebOS share will disappear by Q1 of 2011 and the much anticipated Amazon tablet is actually an e-reader.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Note, and Wave 3 revealed by Unpacked app

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Note, and Wave 3 revealed by Unpacked app

Samsung may have inadvertently revealed three of its upcoming products when they released their Samsung Mobile Unpacked teaser app on Android Market. The app is meant to reveal Samsung news and events as they develop at next week's IFA 2011, which is the largest consumer electronics show in Europe and takes place in Berlin, Germany from September 2 to 7.

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Acer reports first quarterly loss, victim of iPad success

Acer reports first quarterly loss, victim of iPad success

Acer is the second largest PC manufacturer in the world with a record winning streak of quarterly earnings only to be dashed with a worse-than-expected quarterly loss reported today. The company has seen its netbook sales eaten away by the popularity of tablets while the company has struggled with internal strategy transitions in the first half of the year.

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Android Tablets Steal 20% Of iPad’s Market Share

Android Tablets Steal 20% Of iPad’s Market Share

According to a new report from ABI Research, Android tablets have managed to steal 20 percent of global market share from Apple's iPad over the last 12 months. Several new Android tablets have been launched this past year, but none have so far been able to differentiate itself enough from the rest of the pack. Hence, no single Android tablet vendor has yet to pose a major threat to the reigning Apple.

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