LG has become a mobile powerhouse this year and the company is spreading its wings with confidence, filling niches with numerous products. The brand already has a solid tablet range thanks to the G Pad, but it seems LG will add a new slate of a different kind. Reports today suggest the company is working on a new tablet that will be productivity focused and will arrive with a detachable keyboard.
You maybe remember that we told you last week about the Jolla Tablet that will be rocking the company's Sailfish OS and is looking for crowdfunding backing. The Indiegogo funding campaign was such a success that Jolla has said it will be able to begin production because the campaign drew in much more than a million dollars (the company was asking for $300,000).
Dual-SIM handsets that allow the user to have two networks loaded onto one device are pretty common, especially in emerging markets. However, dual SIM tablets have yet to really make their presence felt, with not many device springing to mind that have the feature (The Asus Fonepad 7). Chinese brand ZTE is changing that with a slate that it is developing with dual-SIM functionality.
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.