We previewed Nokia's new N1 tablet earlier in the week and like everybody else in the tech press were instantly drawn to how much the device looks like Apple's iPad Mini, a slate that it is a direct competitor to.
Jolla has decided to turn its hand to tablets as the company has confirmed that it wants to build a slate that will have some good specs and come with an enticing price tag. Known as the Jolla Tablet, the device will run the company's own Sailfish operating system, which may be a deal breaker for many people.
Just a few days ago Nokia said it would no longer make smartphones in an era of the company post Microsoft buyout of the company's devices division. However, the Finnish company did say it would license the Nokia name for other companies to use on products, and the first of those devices arrives today in the surprising form of the Nokia N1 tablet.
The guys over at NVIDIA had got to work fast on the Android 5.0 Lollipop and said last week that the new software was easily portable to the Shield Tablet and that it would be ready for this month. The chip maker has now confirmed that the device will be getting the new build of Google's mobile platform on November 18th, making it the first third party device not tied to Google to get the bump.
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted a big drop off in iPad sales from the upcoming fourth quarter of this year to the first quarter of 2015. Of course, the fourth quarter of this year is the busy Holiday Season where iPad sales will soar, so with that in mind the first quarter is always comparatively slow. Nevertheless, Kuo is saying Apple's iPad sales will drop over 50% quarter to quarter.
Since Apple launched its first iPad we have been waiting for a slate that can truly match Cupertino's effort, but the truth is we have been left waiting. The so called iPad Killer has never really emerged despite an admittedly deep line up of quality Android and Windows alternatives. At least from a sales perspective the iPad reigns supreme, although there are some chinks in the armor.
We are used to hearing about Android growing market share in just about every aspect, but there are a few areas where Google's mobile platform is not so dominant. For example, in the business and enterprise companies prefer to use Apple's iOS or to a lesser extent Blackberry, the traditional name in this niche.
While iPad sales have been declining recently, the dip seems to follow a market wide trend and Apple?s position at the top of the tablet pile seems to be secure. That's according to mobile ad network Chitika after the company sorted the data to find which companies and which tablets dominate the North American tablet market.
After building and launching the Nexus 9 with Google it seems that HTC has the taste for making tablets as the company has said there will be more slates on the way. The Taiwanese company has made tablets before, but never really took the niche seriously until the Nexus 9 and has never been a major player in the tablet market.
NVIDIA has confirmed that its new Shield Tablet will be among the first third party devices to get Android 5.0 Lollipop. The company confirmed when the device launched that it would be getting Lollipop, but it is certainly a surprise for the company to now say the Shield Tablet will get the bump this month. NVIDIA says it is a simple software update, so this will probably be the first slate on the market aside from Google's own Nexus 9 to have the latest version of the Android platform.