Posts Tagged ‘tablet’
It was only a matter of time before GameStop got into the tablet gaming market. They’re already taking iPad and iPod trade-ins, which signals a start to their platform expansion. There were also rumors that they’d release their own gaming-centric Android tablet. While that could still happen at some point, they’ve gotten a head start by offering a number of existing Android tablets — pre-loaded with seven games.
If you check out their website you’ll see a number of tablets, and there are a few high-end ones among them. The most attractive is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Verizon and T-Mobile both offer this, but the tablet itself costs $ 650 and requires a two-year commitment to a costly data plan. The GameStop version, which obviously does not include cellular connection, costs just $ 500. They also have the Asus Eee Pad, another Android tablet that has gotten positive reviews. You can also bundle the tablets with a controller, making for an even more compelling gaming experience.
The time for downloading NFL apps is pretty much over. The league kicked off the 2011 season on Thursday and had its first full Sunday of action yesterday, so the diehards are already set up with apps. If you have DirecTV, chances are you’ve already signed up for the Sunday Ticket. If you’re a Honeycomb tablet owner, however, there’s one more app you absolutely need. DirecTV has released a Sunday Ticket app for Android tablets, and it’s available for free now at the Market. It provides streams of every Sunday game (excepting blacked out games) and the Red Zone Channel. You can also get stats and highlights from around the league — though you better get the highlight watching in before 8:15 p.m. ET on Sundays, when NBC gets the exclusive rights to those. Again, it’s free for Sunday Ticket subscribers, so head to the Market and download Sunday Ticket for Tablets today.
Via Android Police.
Remember that image? It came from an article about a month ago regarding the market for Android tablets. As the image shows, people are more apt to buy a tablet PC from Amazon than any other Apple competitor. That’s convenient, because Amazon is planning at least two tablets for this year. What else is convenient: they’re apparently listening to what consumers actually want. As part of the same survey, 80 percent of customers said that they would buy an Android tablet over the iPad if the Android tablet were less than $ 250. According to a report in the New York Post, Amazon plans to sell its tablet for “hundreds less than the entry-point $ 499 iPad.” That could then put the price point at around $ 200, which, if consumers are being truthful, would sway many of them away from the altar of Apple. This could absolutely change the tablet landscape, just in time for a holiday season that will likely see many tablets exchanged as gifts.
So many times when I’m browsing for new Android apps, I come across one that I really like. It sounds good, it looks good, and then bam: it’s for tablets only. Not that it’s a problem, but we clearly focus on the smartphone product here at AndGeeks, and since I don’t have an Android tablet I’m not sure my take on any apps is going to mean much. I had seen the News360 app previously, and thought it would be a cool add to my Android phone. Thankfully I, and you, can now get it. The developer has released a smartphone version, and it’s definitely worth the grab.
The hook is that News360 gathers stories from over 4,000 sources and somehow delivers that to you in an easy to navigate manner. That’s certainly a feat worth seeing. I love my Google Reader and all, but sometimes it can be too much. You get every post from every site, and it adds up quickly. Even if I empty my reader around dinner time, I can still have 500 to 700 items when I wake up in the morning. News360 can take some of the headline scanning out of the picture by delivering a customized listing of news stories.
While we don’t know much about it, we do know that Amazon will release a tablet later this year. We can assume at this point that it will run Android. Amazon has run some trick plays in the past, but I doubt they’ll go so far as to create their own mobile OS, especially since they recently released their own Android app store. There is huge potential here for Amazon to one-up the market and have the device this holiday season. With a few lucky breaks it might even generate iPad-like hype. This all has me wondering what the Amazon tablet will look like. What will it bring to the table that other tablets do not?
Today, both Rob Jackson of Phandroid and Kevin Tofel of GigaOm brought up some ideas. They’re quite different, but both are tantalizing. If Amazon somehow incorporated both, they would certainly move to the front of the Amazon tablet market. The question, of course, is of how practically feasible they are. We’ve seen many great ideas that have been poorly executed. While I love the idea of an e-ink display and cloud music storage, Amazon has to find a way to make it work for everyone.