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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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The changing scenario!!

For all of the discussion around tablets in business there has not yet arisen a game changing application for the tablets in the way that spreadsheets and word processing did for the PC over 30 years ago.

What is clear is tablets are quickly eliminating the need for paper. Newspapers, magazines, books, even comic books are all moving to tablets. Paper is on the verge of becoming an anachronism. But lacking a way to “put pen to paper” in the digital world is the final barrier.

Humans are not going to give up the pen. It’s been with us for at least 5500 years and the manner of using it has been relatively unchanged. It is almost primal in its ability to connect thought to media.

Some believe the economic value of replacing pens and pads of paper is near zero...

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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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Considerations for the Developer of Tabapps:

Conquering the app store is a mighty task that requires developers get everything right from an attractive price to a stylish user interface, not to mention some kind of competitive advantage and value.

Make the user interface consistent and easy to use

An ever-changing user interface risks confusing and annoying the user to the point where they’re not sure how to use the application.The developers should make sure menu options, button labels, ‘soft keys’, menus and other parts of the UI are “consistent and clear”.

Graphics and text should be clear for the user

It sounds obvious, but Wrigley stresses that all text in an app should be “readable, clear and not cut off by the edge of the screen or overlapping other screen items”.

App navigation must be fluid

The de...

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Improved learning!!

A recent infographic reveals that both teachers and students think tablets can enrich school learning, with students also keen to tap the tablet trend. Teachers think tablets can enrich classroom learning.Students believe that tablets can help them to study more efficiently, while some students said that they would love to bring in their own mobile devices to enhance learning.

Learning also becomes effective by using a digital textbook.

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Keys to overcome corporate challenges

Its time to strike a balance with corporates and deliver what users want and what IT needs.Move over Generation X and Y, there’s a new movement capturing headlines – the Tablet generation. It seems consumers (many of whom who are also the employees), can’t get their hands on new tablets and smartphones fast enough. But what does that mean for your corporate network? Here are some insights on it:-

The average worker is now carrying 3.5 “mobile devices” on average, according to the iPass Q1 2012 Global Mobile Workforce Report. Most are carrying those devices right into the workplace, expecting the same seamless computing experience previously granted via a laptop or desktop...

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Globalization of Tablet PC!!

Tablets represent nothing short of the reinvention of the personal computer.The data we are seeing around tablet adoption is incredible. And contrary to the belief of many, the tablet craze is not just happening in America but around the world. This reality has many implications.

Much of the tablet unit shipment and forecast data coming in from around the world suggest that we are seeing annual growth rates for tablets in Asia particular at over 60% YoY.Just to put that in contrast with how other segments are doing in the Asia Pacific region, growth for traditional computers is seeing 12% YoY growth annually.

Tablets on the other hand are truly personal computers and they bring the added benefit of only a very small learning curve in order to begin using them effectively...

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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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The post PC world!!

The post-PC era is making waves in the educational system. Teachers, students, administrators, etc., are all using devices in their institutions much differently than even a few years ago.

Educational technology infrastructure does not change overnight but there is tremendous interest in making key decisions now that will set the proper foundation for the future of technology in educational environments.

Because of that, there is a great deal of interest in tablets for almost every grade level. Apps are abounding that are designed specifically for kids to have a more engaging and immersive learning experience.

There are even new breeds of applications coming out to address those with learning disabilities and making learning easy and adaptive...

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