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Does Apple drive the tablet market, or ASUS?

Does Apple drive the tablet market, or ASUS?

This afternoon the folks at the IDC released quarterly worldwide shipment numbers for tablets, suggesting as they did so that a slump in the market this quarter may be due to Apple's lack of a new iPad. And we got to thinking: it's easy to relate the growth of the tablet industry over the past several years to the iPad - but what can we see if we pinpoint the releases of individual tablets from each of the other top two tablet-making companies to their quarters? Is it the iPad that's driving this growth, or the release of excellent tablet packages by non-Apple companies?

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IDC: Android tablets creep up on iPad as market slows

IDC: Android tablets creep up on iPad as market slows

Since it's been over a quarter since Apple released their last iPad, IDC worldwide tablet shipment numbers have shown not just that Android tablets have been gaining popularity, but that the whole market has slipped significantly. With a near 10% (9.7% to be precise) in worldwide tablet shipments this 2Q of 2013 compared to the first quarter of this year, it would seem at first that interest wanes in this segment as a whole. Compared to this same quarter one year ago, on the other hand, there's been growth - rather impressive growth, at that.

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Nexus 7 did not outsell iPad in Japan according to IDC

Nexus 7 did not outsell iPad in Japan according to IDC

Earlier this year it was claimed by several news sources, then quoted again just this month by Google, that the Nexus 7 outsold the iPad in Japan in the fourth quarter of 2012. This assertion comes from a report by market research firm BCN, as quoted by Nikkei and re-published by several publications since early this year. Here after Google repeated the claim at their Nexus 7 reboot event, a bit more information on BCN's study has come to light - as have some rather contradictory numbers from research firm IDC.

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Nexus 7 2013 iFixit teardown reveals easy repairability

Nexus 7 2013 iFixit teardown reveals easy repairability

Google's newly unveiled Nexus 7 second-generation tablet has been given the iFixit treatment, having its exoskeleton peeled apart to reveal what lies within. Fortunately for owners who also happen to be of the DIY repair persuasion, the 2013 Nexus 7 was found to be pretty simple and straight forward to dissect, and achieved a 7 out of 10 repairability score.

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New Nexus 7 officially arrives as Google pulls the trigger early

New Nexus 7 officially arrives as Google pulls the trigger early

Google's new Nexus 7 was released a bit prematurely today, as retailers like Best Buy and Amazon put the new tablet on sale. First it was Best Buy, and then more and more retailers piled on, offering the new Nexus 7 days before Google would put it up for sale. However, it seems Google is pulling the plug on their originally plans of a July 30 launch, and are selling the tablet right now.

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New Nexus 7 arrives at Best Buy a few days early [UPDATE: Amazon too]

New Nexus 7 arrives at Best Buy a few days early [UPDATE: Amazon too]

Google's refreshed Nexus 7 isn't supposed to officially land in stores until next week on July 30, but it seems Best Buy is jumping the gun yet again and now has both the 16GB and 32GB versions of the second-generation Nexus 7 available for purchase. Let's just hope the listing don't get taken down like they were with the pre-orders.

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Nexus 7 2013 benchmarked: Snapdragon S4 Pro in full effect

Nexus 7 2013 benchmarked: Snapdragon S4 Pro in full effect

Here with the 2013 reboot of the Nexus 7, Qualcomm scores a bit hit with a new version of the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro (with Adreno 320 GPU), coming up to battle the original tablet's NVIDIA Tegra 3. This new device works with a much more high-definition display and a new edition of Android with version 4.3, so benchmark comparisons won't be especially telling - or fair, for that matter - but let's have a peek anyway!

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New Nexus 7 UK pre-orders now live with mid-September arrival

New Nexus 7 UK pre-orders now live with mid-September arrival

Yesterday, we saw the official unveiling of the new Nexus 7, and it'll be arriving in the US on July 30. However, while the tablet would be coming to the UK, there was no word on when that would happen, exactly. According to a couple of UK listings, though, the Nexus 7 will arrive in the UK on September 13, and pre-orders are now live.

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Nexus 7 2013 vs iPad mini: more than a pixel race

Nexus 7 2013 vs iPad mini: more than a pixel race

If you're getting ready to buy a brand new tablet on the smaller end of the spectrum and you're deciding between the new Nexus 7 and the iPad mini, you may very well be asking yourself the wrong question. This comparison goes well beyond the basics - screen sharpness, body size, and processing power - and it's not just about Android vs iOS, either. Unless you're just planning on browsing the web, these two tablets are cut from completely different bits of cloth.

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Nexus 7 (2013) Hands-on

Nexus 7 (2013) Hands-on

As a full reboot of the original 7-inch ASUS-made slate, Google has opted to keep the same name, same manufacturer, and same attitude toward the Android world, aiming to continue to scoop up the market here with a 2013 edition of the Nexus 7. This device looks and feels exceedingly similar to the original, working with the same physical size display, a bit thinner yet taller tablet body, and a back-facing camera. Inside it's got a whole different set of processor bits and pieces, on the other hand.

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Nexus 7 LTE arriving as one SKU on multiple US carriers

Nexus 7 LTE arriving as one SKU on multiple US carriers

Google unveiled the new Nexus 7 today, complete with faster internals, as well as an impressive 1920x1200 7-inch display. Another addition to the tablet is 4G LTE, and it'll be coming to AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile when the tablet releases the US. The best part is, all three carriers will use the same SKU.

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Nexus 7 commands 10 percent of Android tablets as Google sings praises

Nexus 7 commands 10 percent of Android tablets as Google sings praises

This week Google ramps up to their release of the next-generation Nexus 7, they've made time to sing the praises of the one that's already out. Speaking highly of the 7-inch tablet as a machine that's effectively changed the speed at which Android tablets are being sold, Google asked ASUS Johnny Shih to stand up and wave for a quick "well done!" Then came the big jump.

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