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22 Dec 12 Archos launches 97 Titanium HD Android Jelly Bean tablet with Retina Display …


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Archos still isn’t a major player in the tablet game, but it’s working hard to carve out a tiny niche. The French device maker recently launched the GamePad Android gaming tablet, and it’s back again with another slate that hopes to stand out.

To date, the Retina Display-like displays for Android tablets have come from big names like Google with its Nexus 10, but the Archos 97 Titanium HD aims to match it with a 9.7-inch IPS multitouch panel with an ultra-high resolution of 2,048×1,536 pixels. Its specs are otherwise similar to its GamePad, including a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor with a quad-core Mali GPU, 8GB of storage, and microSD and running Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean.”

The 97 Titanium HD isn’t the only second-tier tablet to be announced with the Retina-like screen, joining the Onda V972, which will have a $240 price tag for the same resolution as the Archos (though it comes with twice as much capacity and a quad-core processor). What this means is that the “premium” spec of a pixel-dense screen is starting to come downmarket, making it tougher for top-tier manufacturers to justify the extra cost for their tablets.

Over the next year or two, the Retina-like display will become a mainstream feature that will force manufacturers to develop new innovative features to justify higher prices. In the meantime, we’ll need to wait to see how much Archos wants to charge for the 97 Titanium HD, and when it plans to start selling it.

[Via Engadget]

Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/archos-launches-97-titanium-hd-android-jelly-bean-tablet-with-retina-display-like-resolution-7000009150/

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18 Jun 12 iPad to Grow Market Share Over Android Tablets: IDC


Apple’s iPad will grow its share of the booming tablet market over its Android-based rivals this year, thanks in large part to new features introduced with the iPad 3 and the company’s decision to reduce the prices further on the iPad 2, according to market research firm IDC.

The prediction comes as IDC analysts, citing the expected strong demand for media tablets in the second half of the year, increased their forecasts for the market overall, calling for 107.4 million tablets to be sold this year, up from the previous expectation of 106.1 million.

And the momentum will only continue, the analysts said in a report June 14. For 2013, they increased their forecast from 137.4 million units to 142.8 million, with sales jumping to 222.1 million by 2016. Those numbers could increase after the upcoming release of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, which will offer not only touch-screen capabilities but also run on non-x86 systems, such as tablets powered by system-on-a-chip (SoC) architectures like ARM Holdings.’

Tablets also are getting more looks from businesses, according to Tom Mainelli, research director for mobile connected devices at IDC.

“Demand for media tablets remains robust, and we see an increasing interest in the category from the commercial side,” Mainelli said in a statement. “We expect pending new products from major players, increasingly affordable mainstream devices, and a huge marketing blitz from Microsoft around Windows 8 to drive increased consumer interest in the category through the end of the year.”

Apple and its iPad are going to be the primary beneficiary of the market growth, according to IDC. In 2011, the iPad and its iOS operating system held 58.2 percent of the market. This year, that share will grow to 62.5 percent. That will come at the expense of tablets running Google’s Android operating system, which will see its share slip from 38.7 percent last year to 36.5 percent in 2012, the analysts said.

Struggling BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion, with its PlayBook tablet, will see its already anemic market share drop even farther, from 1.7 percent in 2011 to 1 percent this year.

Mainelli attributed Apple’s market share growth to the addition of several key features in the iPad 3, which launched earlier this year, including Retina Display and 4G capabilities. Smart pricing moves also will help Apple, he said.

“After a very strong launch of new products in March, Apple’s iPad shows few signs of slowing down,” Mainelli said. “Apple’s decision to keep two iPad 2s in the market at lower prices—moving the entry-level price down to $399—seems to be paying off as well. If Apple launches a sub-$300, 7-inch product into the market later this year as rumored, we expect the company’s grip on this market to become even stronger.”

Other analysts also have cited Apple’s decision to lower the prices on its iPad 2 as having an impact on the tablet market. In a report June 8, IMS Research noted that the average selling price for a tablet fell 21 percent this year, to $386, with the drop in the iPad 2 price being the significant factor. The move put greater price pressure on rivals.

“There are few innovations from vendors to differentiate their tablets; low price seems to be the major factor to attract consumers to buy tablets other than iPads,” report author Gerry Xu said in a statement. “More vendors are expected to focus on the low-end tablet market. However, to balance performance and profitability with a low price remains challenging for most tablet vendors.”

IDC’s Mainelli said his firm has not yet factored in the impact of Windows 8 or Windows RT (the OS for ARM-based systems) into the tablet numbers yet. That will come later this year.

“Our current thinking, based upon early pricing expectations for these products, is that Windows-based tablets will be largely additive to our existing media tablet market forecast,” he said. “We don’t expect Windows-based tablets to necessarily take share from Apple and Android, but will grow the overall tablet market.”

With the growing demand for tablets—and the falling prices—IDC also revised its 2012 forecasts for e-readers, noting that sales in the first quarter were disappointing. The analyst firm now expects shipments this year to come in at about 28 million units, a slight drop from the 28.2 million units that shipped in 2011.



Article source: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Desktops-and-Notebooks/iPad-to-Grow-Market-Share-Over-Android-Tablets-IDC-540056/

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14 Jun 12 Chrome gets MBP Retina Display support in beta release


Apple may only have outed its Retina Display MacBook Pro on Monday, but Google’s Chrome engineers already have a version of the browser ready to handle the 2880 x 1800 high-resolution screen. “We’re committed to polishing Chrome until it shines on [the new Pro]” the Chrome team wrote this week, releasing an early version of the browser with basic Retina support, and promising more soon.

Right now, the developer version of Chrome has “basic high-resolution support” but the software engineers concede that they “have further to go over the next few weeks.” You can download the Chrome Canary release here, but be warned it may not be as stable as the regular version.

Poor support from non-Apple apps is one of the biggest issues with the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display we discovered in our review. Apple has brought most of its key OS X apps up to speed with the high-resolution panel – Safari, iMovie, iTunes, iPhoto and more are on the list – and some third-party developers have also been working hard, but many apps and sites still look pixelated and underwhelming.

That will take time to address, though we’re pleased to see Google reacting quickly since so many Mac users aren’t willing to live solely with Safari.

Article source: http://www.slashgear.com/chrome-gets-mbp-retina-display-support-in-beta-release-14233958/

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14 Jun 12 Android Users: Microsoft Debuts a Version of its My Xbox Live App …


Android-wielding Xbox fans, rejoice! Microsoft debuted a version of its My Xbox Live app for the platform Wednesday. Also released: A significant upgrade to the iOS version of the app.

The Android version of My Xbox Live brings features that iPhone and Windows Phone users have had for awhile.The Android version of My Xbox Live brings features that iPhone and Windows Phone users have had for awhile.The Android app is a bit rough around the edges, but it’s a start. Users will be able to send and receive messages from their Xbox Live accounts, manage their friends list, edit their profile, adjust their avatar, and review achievement information. These features mirror what has already been available to iOS for quite some time.

The company did not say when it anticipated Android users will gain access to more advanced functions, although it did note the app itself will only work on select phones. If you read the app’s page on Google Play, the app is available for most Android 2.2+ smartphones, with WGVA screen resolution or higher.

However, you don’t find out until you attempt to run the app after installing it if your phone doesn’t qualify. That appears to have angered some. You must also, of course, have an Xbox LIVE account to sign in.

My Xbox Live for iOS

The cool new features go to the My Xbox Live for iOS app, where the improvements mirror functions available in Windows Phone’s Xbox Companion app.

Windows Phone users have been able search and control content from their devices, and the iOS app will now be able to do the same. The iOS app now acts a remote which can navigate through the Xbox 360 menus as well as play, pause, rewind, or fast forward through content.

The remote allows you to navigate through menus and content on your Xbox via your iOS device.The remote allows you to navigate through menus and content on your Xbox via your iOS device.The iPad version of the app is also getting a refresh, including Retina Display support and improved sign-in controls.

While this may sound a lot like SmartGlass–Microsoft’s effort to ease the sharing of content across multiple devices — it is not. Instead, this update is more about bringing the feature set of the iOS version of My Xbox Live closer to its Windows Phone counterpart.

“Yes, we do intend to bring Xbox SmartGlass to several platforms over time, but have no details to share right now,” says Xbox programming director Larry Hyrb, better known as “Major Nelson.”

For more tech news and commentary, follow Ed on Twitter at @edoswald, on Facebook, or on Google+.

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/257567/android_users_microsoft_debuts_a_version_of_its_my_xbox_live_app_for_android.html

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14 Jun 12 Google promises Chrome support for MacBook Pro with Retina Display


By AppleInsider Staff

Published: 09:20 PM EST (06:20 PM PST)

Google revealed on Wednesday that it is “committed to polishing” its Chrome browser to take advantage of Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

Nico Weber, a Google Software Engineer and “Chief Apple Polisher,” posted the promise to the company’s official Chrome blog along with a screenshot of the “early results” of high-resolution support in Chrome.

“We have further to go over the next few weeks, but were off to the races to make Chrome as beautiful as it can be,” he said.

In fact, Google has already begun testing the new polish the Canary developer version of Chrome. Anandtech’s Anand Lal Shimpi said that text in Chrome Canary is “no longer ugly,” compared to the “nasty result” from the current version of Chrome. According to Lal Shimpi, Chrome’s results come because it uses Apple’s text display API but renders to a Retina-unaware “offscreen canvas before scaling the text and displaying it on a web page.”

Though Chrome Canary addresses the rendering issue, Lal Shimpi did note it still “renders text differently” from Apple’s Safari.

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Source: Google

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Left: Chrome; Middle: Chrome Canary; Right: Safari | Source: Anandtech

Apple released the new MacBook Pro on Monday at the Worldwide Developers Conference. The 15-inch laptop’s new Retina Display features a resolution of 2,880 by 1,800 pixels. Demand for the laptop is currently outstripping supply, as shipping estimates for it on Apple’s Website are currently at three to four weeks.

Retina Display-optimized updates of Apple’s own Mac software have begun steadily rolling out. For instance, Apple released new versions of Final Cut Pro X, Aperture, and iPhoto on Monday.

Article source: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/06/13/google_promises_upcoming_chrome_support_for_macbook_pro_with_retina_display.html

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14 Jun 12 Android Users: Microsoft Debuts a Version of its My Xbox Live App for Android


Android-wielding Xbox fans, rejoice! Microsoft debuted a version of its My Xbox Live app for the platform Wednesday. Also released: A significant upgrade to the iOS version of the app.

The Android version of My Xbox Live brings features that iPhone and Windows Phone users have had for awhile.The Android version of My Xbox Live brings features that iPhone and Windows Phone users have had for awhile.The Android app is a bit rough around the edges, but it’s a start. Users will be able to send and receive messages from their Xbox Live accounts, manage their friends list, edit their profile, adjust their avatar, and review achievement information. These features mirror what has already been available to iOS for quite some time.

The company did not say when it anticipated Android users will gain access to more advanced functions, although it did note the app itself will only work on select phones. If you read the app’s page on Google Play, the app is available for most Android 2.2+ smartphones, with WGVA screen resolution or higher.

However, you don’t find out until you attempt to run the app after installing it if your phone doesn’t qualify. That appears to have angered some. You must also, of course, have an Xbox LIVE account to sign in.

My Xbox Live for iOS

The cool new features go to the My Xbox Live for iOS app, where the improvements mirror functions available in Windows Phone’s Xbox Companion app.

Windows Phone users have been able search and control content from their devices, and the iOS app will now be able to do the same. The iOS app now acts a remote which can navigate through the Xbox 360 menus as well as play, pause, rewind, or fast forward through content.

The remote allows you to navigate through menus and content on your Xbox via your iOS device.The remote allows you to navigate through menus and content on your Xbox via your iOS device.The iPad version of the app is also getting a refresh, including Retina Display support and improved sign-in controls.

While this may sound a lot like SmartGlass–Microsoft’s effort to ease the sharing of content across multiple devices — it is not. Instead, this update is more about bringing the feature set of the iOS version of My Xbox Live closer to its Windows Phone counterpart.

“Yes, we do intend to bring Xbox SmartGlass to several platforms over time, but have no details to share right now,” says Xbox programming director Larry Hyrb, better known as “Major Nelson.”

For more tech news and commentary, follow Ed on Twitter at @edoswald, on Facebook, or on Google+.

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/257567/android_users_microsoft_debuts_a_version_of_its_my_xbox_live_app_for_android.html

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