Twitter for Android tablets launched on Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

The development of a Twitter for Android tablets has been a sad story since a long time. Twitter for Android tablets was basically Twitter for Android mobile’s stretched version till yesterday. Today, Twitter has announced the launch of Twitter for Android tablets on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

This tablet-optimized app brings an user interface that packs more details for the users’ advantage. Tweets, conversations, people to follow, trending topics – everything is shown. In the landscape mode, the navigation bar is thrown to the left side. Tapping a tweet brings the tweet’s details along with the multimedia and article previews.

Twitter-Android-tablets

As for now, Twitter for Android tablets is available only for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Twitter announced that this app for other Samsung tablets will be coming “soon” and for the rest of the Android tablets – “by the end of this year”

There are two amazing things about this launch. This app will work in the multi-window feature available on the Samsung devices. Also, you can doodle on pictures with the Samsung S-Pen before tweeting the picture.

Twitter-Android-multi-screen

It is obvious that this Twitter app is exclusive for Samsung Galaxy Note but it is only a matter of time, until someone will pull off the APK file and upload it on the web.

What this means to the Android community?

Since Google’s I/O 2013 event, the Android studio, an Integrated Development Environment for Android, has proved to be useful tool for developers to make mobile and tablet optimized apps with ease. It helps them to preview apps made for various sizes screens and also make stage rollout of apps. Currently Android studio is free and is available as an early access preview.

In the case of Apple App Store, all the apps are classified as ‘for iPhone’ and ‘for iPad’. With Twitter’s launch of this tablet optimized app, I believe that other Android developers will follow suit and launch tablet optimized apps soon.

Google targets gaming and video consumption with Nexus 7

Google’s “Chrome + Android” event that saw the announcements of Nexus 7, Chromecast and Android 4.3. The Nexus 7 tablet is manufactured by Asus, just like last year. The Nexus 7 priced at US $229, will be available from 30th of July and is the first device to ship with Android 4.3 pre-installed.

Google Nexus 7 2013
Google’s new version of Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 has some good power packed inside it with CPU specs being Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.5 GHz. It has a faster GPU and 2 GB RAM. This added with being one of the first tablets to support OpenGL  ES 3.0 standards.

The tablet packs a 5 MP rear camera and 1.2MP front facing camera. The big difference for Nexus 7 is display. It now sports a 7.02 inch screen, 1920 X 1200 HD display (323 ppi). This means the tablet should have the best screen display for a 7 inch tablet variant, unless Apple ships an iPad Mini with retina display (which is unlikely to happen anytime soon). Nexus 7 supports WIFI, NFC and Bluetooth. It will be selling a optional 4G LTE version in the US.

Google is focusing on “games” and “video” consumption

As a iPad Mini user, I can attest that anyone who I see using the tablet for the first time, in a few minutes ends up trying out a game. This is why the iPad is not just a tablet for one person (unlike a phone) but also is used by kids especially in a family environment. Google understands that and hence has focused on making Nexus 7 more interesting to gamers.

Android 4.3 - has new feature called "Restricted Profiles" for parental control
Android 4.3 – has new feature called “Restricted Profiles” for parental control

The tablet’s big focus on better processor hardware was a given but its focus on better display shows it is getting serious about gaming. It has also introduced “Restricted Profiles” with Android 4.3 for allowing parental control. It also stream hi-def video from Netflix which will drive video consumption.

In other words, what Android ecosystem might lack in exclusive tablet apps it is trying to catch up with better display and performance for gaming and video consumption. It is not entirely a misplaced idea as most people do consume a great deal of video and gaming content on tablet than say a phone where a dynamic app ecosystem really kicks in.

Google might also be trying to help matters with helpful new tools in the Android Studio new version announced at Google IO 2013, but it is still a long way from match the quality of apps available on iPad.

It will be interesting to see what Apple comes out with later in the year and early next year in response to this Nexus 7 tablet. Do drop in your comments.

Link: Nexus 7

Get List of All Windows 8 Laptops / Tablets recommended by Microsoft

Yesterday I wrote a post on how to go about upgrading your laptop or PC to Windows 8. But that one was for people who already owned a computer and not for new buyers. There are many manufacturers who have already made Windows 8 laptops and tablets.

Keeping track of all the different devices running Windows 8 might seem like a difficult task but thankfully Microsoft has an official list. Just visit the Windows 8 Tablets & Convertibles or Windows 8 Laptops pages to get a list of all Windows 8 devices.

The price, specs and availability of all the devices on Windows 8 is made available. 😉

Use PC Selector to find suitable Windows 8 laptops and tablets:

Along with list of all devices, Microsoft also has a handy online tool called PC Selector for users to device on what PC or Tablet will be best suitable for them. This one is mainly devised for people who are do not understand technical terms.

Users need to answer questions based on how much they use a computer and what exactly they use it for along with their desired budget. Based on that information the website suggests users the best Windows 8 PCs or tablets.

Are you planning to buy a new Windows 8 laptop or tablet? Do drop in which one you are planning to and why in your comments.

Link: PC Selector | Windows 8 Laptops | Windows 8 Tablets

Google’s Nexus 7 is Best Selling Android Tablet Ever

Google’s Nexus 7 has been a runaway hit in the tablet market and it was confirmed by a retailer as reported by The Telegraph. The report though is from the data collected only in the UK, is relevant to any market where Nexus 7 is available. The tablets surely are not exactly denting Apple’s iPad sales but such success might spell trouble for other tablet manufacturers.

Nexus 7 success is interesting, in the sense it has WiFi only and does not work on mobile networks at all. It might be shipping a new variant model with 3G connectivity. The pricing of the Nexus 7 at $199 is extremely competitive for the kind of hardware and software it packs. The tablet is expected to hit India sometime in November, probably to leverage the shopping season during Diwali holidays.

Nexus 7 Tablet India

Possible Challenges to Nexus 7

Nexus 7 has taken advantage of the fact that there is no iPad with a 7-inch screen. The iPad Mini which should be revealed on 23rd of October, could really dry up Nexus 7 sale numbers.

Surface RT tablets and other Windows based tablets by OEMs will also hit the market soon. Even though Windows is not a proven platform for tablets, it still has a hugely loyal customer base for PC. Pricing might not favour Microsoft as the Surface RT tablet is priced at $499.

It seems, whatever happens to the Nexus 7, other manufacturers who are churning out Android based tablets might need to learn some tricks from Google and Asus (manufacturer of Nexus 7).

What are your views on Google’s Nexus 7? Will you buy one if and when it is available in India? Do drop in your comments.

Samsung Galaxy note 10.1 tablet; specifications and pre order details

Samsung electronics unveiled its iPad killer tablet Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 in United States. Samsung launched its latest tablet in United States, Britain and South Korea while they started pre-booking it in India. They will be launching the new tablet few days before the launch of its new smartphone line-\up i.e. Samsung Note 2 which is expected to be launched on August 29th. But before that let’s have a look at Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 full specifications and review.

samsung galaxy note 10.1

Features and Specifications:

Dimensions:
262 x 180 x 8.9 mm with 580g weight.
Network: 
2G Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
3G Network: HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100
Processor:
ARM cortex A9, 1.4 GHz clocking frequency with Quad Core processor.
Display:
Split Screen, 25.66 cm (10.1″) WXGA TFT Technology and 1280×800 Resolution.
Connectivity:
Bluetooth: 4.0 LE
USB: 2.0
WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
HDMI, PC Sync and 3.5mm jack
Camera:
Primary: 5.0 MP, autofocus, flash, 4X zoom and geo-tagging
Secondary: 1.9MP
Video: 720p@30 fps
Memory:
Internal: 16GB
External: Up to 32GB
RAM: 2 GB
Battery:
7,000 mAh battery, standby time up to 2230 Hours
Software/Apps:
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Android Browser, Adobe Photoshop Touch, Document editor/viewer, Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration, Voice Recognition, ChatON, GTalk, Google Play Apps.

Review:

Well the features of the tablet seems good including the screen size, split screen technology, processor and memory but the camera pixels could have been better. At the moment I think it’s too early to judge this tablet so the big question is still pending that whether it will be an iPad killer or not. We will post a full review about the tablet after its launch; check this space for more updates.

Pre Order Details:

If you want to order this Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 tablet in India then all you have to do is to go to Samsung Electronics Official e-Store. Click here to access the tablet directly on their e-Store. You have to pay Rs. 2000 in advance to prebook it. You will get a free bookcover worth Rs. 3249 with every pre-booking. The only available color at the moment is White and there no Black option for this tablet yet.

This tablet is expected to be launched on August 24th 2012 so you just have to wait for a week and after that Samsung will start delivering it on first come first serve basis. The US the price of this tablet starts at $499. In case you are pre-booking this tablet then please read following official pre-booking details very carefully:

Samsung Galaxy Note 8000 Pre-booking T&C

  1. Pre-book Galaxy Note 8000 by paying an advance of Rs. 2000 only & be among the 1st few proud owners of the Galaxy Note 8000. You will also get a free Book cover worth Rs. 3249 along with your Galaxy Note 8000.
  2. An electronic coupon will be issued against the advance payment made by you for pre-book of Galaxy Note 8000. In order to adjust the advance payment in the final price, you need to use this coupon code at the time of buying your Galaxy Note 8000 from estore.
  3. Free Book cover will be send along with your Galaxy Note 8000. hence, In order to avail this offer, you need to make payment of balance amount within 3 days of launch. Customers, who don’t redeem their coupon within specified time, will not get free Book cover.
  4. COD payment option is not be available on Galaxy Note 8000 during prebooking
  5. At the time of launch, an email will be exclusively sent to customers who have pre-booked their Galaxy Note 8000 on the eStore, informing them of the availability of the Galaxy Note 8000.
  6. The product will be dispatched, on a first-come first-served basis to the customers who complete the purchase of the product
  7. The pre-booking coupon will be valid only on the user id from which the pre-booking is done.
  8. The Galaxy Note 8000 pre-booking coupon will be valid only for completing your purchase of the Galaxy Note 8000 and will not work with any other product.
  9. This coupon will be valid for 15 days from the date of the product launch. You should use this coupon before the expiry date. The amount will not be refunded to the customer upon coupon expiry.
  10. Samsungindiasetore reserves the right to revoke, amend or modify the offer & its terms, at its discretion at any point.
  11. This offer cannot be combined with any other ongoing or future promotion(s).
  12. A pre-booking order cannot be cancelled once placed.
(via www.samsungindiaestore.com)
Let’s see how this tablet is going to do in the Indian markets and what Apple is planning for its September event. What do you feel about this tablet? Please share your views with us.

Microsoft Surface Tablet’s $199 Price Tag is a Double Edged Sword!

News has started surfacing (pun unintended) that Microsoft Surface RTM tablets will cost around $199. Engadget reported that Microsoft’s Windows RT tablet will be competitively priced at $199. The pricing sounds very competitive (Google’s Nexus 7 also is priced at $199) but it also will end up being a double edged sword.

Will Microsoft feed on its OEMs?

Microsoft will start selling Windows 8 in October, it is a big deal for the company to remain relevant as a brand. The tablet if priced at $199 will be highly subsidised.

With Windows store available for users to buy apps from, Microsoft might make the money back from it, even from a subsidised product. But that subsidy will not be available for the likes of Samsung, Acer and Dell, who are the OEMs that might be working on a Windows tablet.

The OEM’s will simply not be able to compete with a $199 tablet from Microsoft and the effect could be they might simply drop plans for a Windows tablet. A open-sourced and free Android will sound a lot more sweeter for manufacturers.

The Damage is Already Done!

The damage to Microsoft’s Surface tablet might have already been done. The fact is the price of $199 is not confirmed but the rumour has really spread.

The company has also not exactly denied the price tag and that might be damaging the Surface tablet a lot more. It means if they eventually price is higher than $199, it might disappoint a lot of buyers who were expecting a lesser priced device.

All is not lost for Microsoft

That said, if the Surface tablet is a big hit, then Microsoft might really have opened a new revenue stream for themselves. The OEM’s will hate it but PC makers do not really have much choice as far as operating systems go and would probably end up staying with Windows for new couple of years atleast.

What are your views on Microsoft getting into the tablet space? Do drop in your comments.

Update: The post is about news that Surface tablet could be priced at $199. Later Microsoft confirmed the pricing at $499 for Surface Tablets.

Will the Stylus Define Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet?

Samsung has launched a new tablet, called Galaxy Note 10.1 (not to be confused with Galaxy Note 2 phone which will be launched later this month). The tablet is released in Germany and UAE at the moment and expected to be made available in other countries soon.

The tablet market has a few newsmakers this year, which include Google’s Nexus 7 and Apple’s New iPad (or iPad 3). With Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung is probably pitting it against Apple’s New iPad.

Will Stylus work with Galaxy Note 10.1?

Before the iPad, most people were obsessed about using the Stylus. The idea was to sell tablets to executives to take down notes. Fact was the stylus has never really been a great product to take down notes in digital formats.

This image of the Galaxy Note 10.1 seems to suggest the device can read what your write down (which would be great for students). It also would be a much easier way to write down short notes or reminders.

But look closely and the letters on the tablet are not in the natural cursive style of writing. I have not used the Note 10.1 so will not be able to comment on its ability to leverage the stylus.

Unless a tablet with a stylus which really manages to replicate the feel of writing with a pen, it would still not be much of a game changer. Even smartphones with touch screens replicate with small vibrations, the feeling of pressing a button on the screen.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet Details

Display and Dimensions: 10.1 inch WXGA (1280X800) LCD screen. The tablet weights approximately 600g.

Processor: The tablet will run on 1.4 GHz Exynos Quad-Core Processor.

Operating System: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Memory: The tablet has three versions 16/32/64 GB user memory with 2GB RAM.

You can look up the complete specs list of Galaxy Note 10.1 here.

Video on Galaxy Note 10.1 Features

What are your views on Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets? Do drop in your comments.

Google’s Nexus 7 Tablet in India by September

During last month Google I/O 2012 event, the Nexus7 tablet was introduced. At the moment the tablets are available in US, Canada and Australia. The tablet will in all probability be made available in India this September.

According to IBN-Live, ASUS which manufacturers Nexus 7 for Google, has confirmed that the tablet will not be available in India before September.

A release before October would make sense as it would be before the festive season of Diwali, when shopping activity is at a yearly high.

Pricing – Nexus7 Tablet in India

The tablet currently goes for $199 for 8 GB and $249 for the 16GB versions.

The price of Nexus 7 has not yet been confirmed by Asus in India but we should expect it to be on the lower side price wise.

If the tablet shows up around the Rs. 10,000 to 12,000 region, it will in all probability make big inroads into India, where enthusiasm about tablet devices is a bit low because of the cost.

How will Google Play be promoted in India?

When Nexus 7 was launched and price revealed, it was clear that Google was not looking to make money from the sales for the device. They were more interested in having people buy movies, music and books from the Google Play.

It will be interesting to see if Google ties up with some of the media houses in India, to sell content for Indian users.

India is a big market for smartphones but that does not automatically translate to tablet sales like it has in US and Europe.

Ofcourse it could all end up being just a plan and Nexus 7 might not release in India at all like they did with Galaxy Nexus.

If Nexus 7 is released in India, would you be lining up to buy it? Do drop in your comments.

Nexus 7: New Tablet by Google! [Rumour]

It is that time of the year again, when rumours of new tablets and gadgets are abound. Google I/O Developer Conference is only days away and everyone expects it to roll out a new Nexus Tablet. According to Gizmodo Australia, the name, specs and price range for Google’s tablet offering have been leaked.

The 7-inch tablet is expected to be called Nexus 7 and some of the rumoured specs are as follows.

  • The tablet built by Asus will ship with a 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, GeForce 12-core GPU
  • It will have 1GB RAM
  • The data storage limits are expected to be in two options 8GB and 16GB.
  • The screen will support resolution of 1280 X 800 and have a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera.
  • The battery should last about 9 hours.
  • The price of the tablet is expected to be $199/- for 8GB and $249 for 16GB.
  • The tablet will ship with Android Jellybeans as an OS.

Who is Google possibly targeting with Nexus 7?

Even though whenever someone comes up with a new tablet, the usual comparisons are with Apple iPad. Google is not exactly positioning Nexus-7 as a alternative to iPad but more so as an alternative to the cheaper, yet highly customized Kindle Fire by Amazon. Also looking at the price and specs, it seems Google is setting a standard for other tablet manufacturers making tablets.

With Microsoft announcing ‘Surface’ tablets, we can expect a lot of competition in this niche, which is always a good outcome for customers like you and me. Over the next few days, we will know if the Nexus 7 rumours are true or not.

Do drop in your comments.

Microsoft Launches Surface Tablet for Windows 8

Microsoft has entered the tablet wars, not with just a operating system that could run on tablets but unveiling its own range of tablets. The tablets are named as ‘Surface’.

Yesterday, it released details of two tablets Surface Tablet for Windows 8 Pro and Surface Tablet for Windows RT.

Details of Surface Tablet With Windows 8 Pro

  • The tablet will run on Windows 8 Pro.
  • The screen size is 10.6-inch with the resolution support for 1920 X 1080-pixel LCD.
  • The tablet will support USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort.
  • The storage on the tablet will be upto 64GB and 128GB.

Details of Surface Tablet with Windows RT

  • The tablet will run on Windows RT.
  • The weight of the tablet is only 676 grams. The screen size is 10.6 inch ClearType HD Display.
  • The tablet will support USB 2.0 (which disappoints), Micro HD Viceo and a 2X2 MIMO antennae.
  • The storage will be configurable from 32GB to 64GB.

Both tablets versions include a keyboard which is made from a fabric like material. It also has a built in kick-stand which allows the tablet to be propped up on a table, just like a laptop screen.

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Microsoft is expected to push through Windows 8 along with many manufacturers on PCs, Mobiles and Tablets. But with Surface, it might alienate some manufacturers.

Microsoft probably took the help of Nokia to create this tablet though it is unclear at the moment. What Microsoft has done with Surface tablets, is that they have created a standard for what Microsoft envisions of other manufacturers when they roll out their Windows 8 tablets.

What are your views on Microsoft launching its own tablet devices?

Link: Microsoft’s Surface Tablets