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Smaller tablets set to fuel market growth!!

Android tablets will account for 48% of all models on the market this year, says IDC
The growing popularity of smaller, low-cost Android tablets has forced IDC to upwards revise its forecast for the tablet market in 2013. And while the report makes for good reading if you’re Google or Amazon, Windows 8 vendors should probably look away now.

The research group now expects 190.9 million tablets to ship in 2013, a slight but significant increase from its previous forecast of 172.4 million, and believes that booming demand for tablets will eventually see shipments skyrocket to 350 million units by the end of 2017.

“One in every two tablets shipped this quarter was below 8 inches in screen size...

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Tablets everywhere!!

A new  key forecast data on where tablet sales are headed across a range of businesses from small to large.Drawing on recent research by IDC and Intermedia, shows the biggest compound annual growth for tablets coming from the smallest companies. These “micro” firms, with fewer than 10 employees, will see 98% growth in tablet adoption from 2011 to 2016.

Tablet growth projections across the other three business segments are plenty strong as well:Enterprise (1,000+ employees) is set for 62.7% growth; Mid-size companies (100-999) 50.8% growth; and Small companies (10-99) will see 78.5% tablet growth.

For 2013, IDC predicts small business adoption of tablet will grow 114% from 4.9 million to 10.4 million tablets...

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Tablet deployment in schools!!

Schools began giving its students a learning material ” tablets” !!
Tablets have become the cool new kid in class. But not every school is using Apple, and not all of them are using tablets properly.Using computer technology in education is nothing new, but placing PCs on every desktop or assigning every student a laptop hasn’t been financially feasible for most secondary schools.

Not surprisingly, in many educators’ eyes, the evolution of the tablet holds the promise of finally making it financially viable to have a dedicated device for each student—what educators like to call “one-to-one” computing.

Sure, students not having to lug around textbooks is great...

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Tablets not just for the kids in school

In fact many were looking heavily at how tablets can be used specifically for the educators and administrators to empower them to do their work more effectively.

For administrators, this included things like quick and easy access to data via glance-able dashboards of key metrics. For educators, it meant real time updates of students’ progress as well as providing them with more efficient assessment tools.

The challenges discussed at length were which platform to support and how to support multiple platforms.

The findings are interesting that there are great IT people committed to the important cause of technology and learning. I also think there is a misconception that technology employees of school districts are second rate and couldn’t cut it in corporate IT.

This is undeniably false...

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Android tops Ipad!!

Tablet shipments are growing faster than earlier, already optimistic forecasts made by research firm IDC and others. A new report shows a record total of 52.5 million tablets shipped worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2012, a whopping 75.3% increase over the same quarter a year ago.

Though news of record-breaking tablet shipments has been standard fare in most market research reports for at least the past two years, the new IDC report has some surprises.The iPad continues to dominate, with IDC estimating that Apple shipped 22.9 million units in the quarter, but its lead is slipping. For the second quarter in a row, IDC says the iPad lost market share in the face of strong competition, and now has a 43.6% market share. That’s down from a 46.4% share in the earlier quarter...

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Technological innovations: Entertainment, education, monetary transactions all set to turn smarter this year

The world is getting increasingly influenced by technology and how people interact with it in their day-to-day lives.All the same, technology itself keeps changing, evolving and throwing up ever-newer possibilities. As we turn the corner on another year, the tech landscape too will shift gears, taking us even closer to a more interactive, personalised, mobile and connected future. Here are a few key trends in technology that are likely to make an impact or break new ground in 2013:

A multitude of screens

It is curious to note that despite many industry watchers predicting the end of certain media types — the latest ‘favourite’ being the PC — they have continued to coexist and add to our overall experience. The year 2013 will likely establish the presence

With mobile phones more widespread than banking, mobile payment is the next big payment method in India.

and utility of multiple screen...

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Big implications for the tablet buyers everywhere!!

Is the world about to engulfed by a flood of gray market, off-brand Android tablets? Not quite, but analyst and says one of “the most disturbing and potentially disruptive things uncovered this week is that the market for low-cost tablets in China is taking off in far greater numbers than anyone else is reporting.

As reported a vendor mass-produces low cost, 7-inch tablets in China being sold for $47 dollars (292.51 CNY). Others are selling 10-inch models for anywhere from $60-$150.“There is unquestionably a massive and rapidly growing market for extremely cheap Android tablets in China.

These devices are being made using second and third tier manufacturers and come with stripped down versions of Android  with a few simple apps pre-loaded...

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IDC study: Tablet refresh to add 1% to IT budget every year

 IT needs to develop a governance strategy for mobile application development efforts,” says IDC analyst Meredith Whalen.A new report released today by International Data Corp. (IDC) finds that many IT leaders believe the tablet will become a necessary secondary device to the laptop and will need to be refreshed every 2.5 years.But IDC said IT organizations can expect to bear added costs for the purchase and support of so many tablets

Specifically, the research firm estimates it would cost the average large organization an additional 1% of their IT budget every year to refresh the tablets in their organization...

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Gartner blames tablet demand as PC market crashes in Q4..

Market research firm Gartner says that an increasing demand for tablets saw worldwide PC shipments drop 4.9% to 90.3 million in the fourth quarter of last year.

“Tablets have dramatically changed the device landscape for PCs, not so much by ‘cannibalizing’ PC sales, but by causing PC users to shift consumption to tablets rather than replacing older PCs,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.

“Whereas as once we imagined a world in which individual users would have both a PC and a tablet as personal devices, we increasingly suspect that most individuals will shift consumption activity to a personal tablet, and perform creative and administrative tasks on a shared PC.

“There will be some individuals who retain both, but we believe they will be exception...

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Tablets:- Preferred device among airline passengers!!

A new survey shows the percentage of airline passengers using tablets has almost drawn dead even with those using laptops.

Of the 2,600 travelers surveyed by FlightView, 38% said they fly with a laptop while 37% said they fly with a tablet. FlightView, which offers real-time flight information solutions for the aviation and travel industry, said it expects tablets to pass notebooks in airplane use by next year.

Smartphones ruled the results at 82% in the multiple answer survey with E-Readers coming in 4th at 19%.

There were several other interesting tidbits in the survey of traveler’s preferences.For example, a majority are unsatisfied with Wi-Fi service in-flight and in the airport...

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