Touch News Roundup: Amazon Has Full Quiver Of Tablets; iPad 3 A ‘Plan B’?
Amazon dropped a veritable payload of tablets on the world yesterday, and it’s clear that it will be taking on the iPad in a very direct way. The launch is still sending shock waves in the tech industry, and as all we can do is wait for other companies to unleash their own tablets, adding to the fire. Here’s today’s best touch news, and have a great weekend!
Amazon Wages Price War With Apple — But Also Ad War On Conusmers
There’s no doubt that the upgrades Amazon put into the Kindle Fire HD will make it a competitor, and the basic version — with its 8.9″ screen — will ship at $299, $100 less than the lowest costing iPad model. But one disturbing feature that’s come out is that the device will display full-color ads for Amazon products and services on its lock screen, a feature that users will have no option of turning off. (Business Insider, Forbes)
Current Retina iPad Merely A ‘Plan B’?
NPD DisplaySearch is predicting that Apple is planning on integrating some upgrades into its current, best-selling Retina iPad, bringing it closer to the company’s original vision for the device. The market research firm cites sources from Apple supply chain to suggest that the upgraded iPads will be lighter, thinner, have better battery life, and an improved LED backlight apparatus. According to Raymond Soneira, CEO of DisplayMate Technologies: “There’s no question that the iPad 3 is Plan B. (CNET)
Android Tablets Make Up Just 11.2% of Google Play Downloads
Android tablets — with the excception of the Kindle Fire — aren’t making much noise on Google’s do-everything digital store, Google play. Statistics released show that phones account for 86 percent of downloads, meaning that tablets make up a paltry 11.2 percent. Granted, these numbers don’t take into account the Kindle Fire, which uses a special form of the Android OS and is tied to Amazon’s own content store. Can the success of Google’s Nexus 7 change this? (Fast Company)
Searching For ‘Real’ Photos Taken On The New Lumia?
Nokia put itself in some hot water this week when it released touched-up photos presented as real pictures taken on the much-hyped Lumia Cameras. Thankfully, The Verge took matters in its own hands to show us what the new line of Windows 8-running smartphones can do. (The Verge)