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Gartner predicts in-use global devices will hit 6.2 billion this year
by Paul Hill
The analyst firm Gartner has predicted that in-use devices including PCs, tablets, and mobile phones, will reach 6.2 billion units this year. According to the firm, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed device usage patterns and is ultimately increasing the number of devices that each person has.
According to data from the firm, the 6.2 billion figure is set to rise by a further 3.2% in 2021 reaching 6.4 billion units. The biggest loser as a result of the pandemic is desktop PCs which are expected to decline from 522 million in 2020 to 470 million in 2022, however, the usage of laptops and tablets will increase by 8.8% and 11.7% respectively as they’re preferred by people working from home.
Image via Gartner Commenting on the data, Ranjit Atwal, senior research director at Gartner, said:
In addition to laptops and tablets doing well in 2020, smartphones are expected to see an in-use increase of 1% this year following a decline of 2.6% last year. The analyst said that lower-priced 5G handsets will encourage people to upgrade their smartphone or finally make the shift from a feature phone.
Samsung's rugged Galaxy Tab Active3 is now available in the U.S.
by João Carrasqueira
Samsung first introduced the Galaxy Tab Active3 last September, as the latest member of its lineage of rugged tablets for the enterprise. Today, the company has announced that the tablet is now available to buy in the United States, and it's the first one to come with an Enterprise Edition that offers one year of Knox Suite and up to five years of security updates.
Samsung also promises up to three generations of Android upgrades, which will be welcome considering it still ships with Android 10. Samsung plans to deliver an update to Android 11 that will also add the device to Google's list of Android Enterprise Recommended devices. The tablet also supports Samsung DeX for users that may want to connect it to a larger screen and have a desktop-like experience.
In terms of the hardware, it's the same device we already know of. It's meant to be durable, with a MIL-STD-810H certification and IP68 water and dust resistance rating. The included S Pen is equally durable with the same IP rating, and the tablet itself has a display with enhanced sensitivity that lets you use the screen with gloves. Another feature that businesses might appreciate is the user-replaceable 5050mAh battery, and support for a no-battery mode, for situations where the tablet might be permanently attached to a power source.
As for the specs, the tablet is powered by an Exynos 9810 octa-core chipset, 4GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage. The display is an 8-inch panel with Full HD+ resolution (1920x1200), and the rear camera is 13MP, while on the front there's a 5MP shooter.
The Galaxy Tab Active3 comes in Wi-Fi-only and LTE models, starting at $489.99 for the former, and $589.99 for the latter. It's available to buy today.
Samsung joins the Android Enterprise Recommended programme
by Paul Hill
Samsung has announced that it’s joining the Android Enterprise Recommended programme which is run by Google and aims to make it easier for businesses to integrate mobile solutions in their operations. By joining, customers can be assured Samsung’s devices are enterprise-ready.
According to the firm, all of its Galaxy devices including smartphones and tablets running Android 11+ will be included in the programme. Some devices it listed as being covered include the S20, Note20, Tab S7|S7+, and rugged devices like the XCover Pro.
Commenting on the development, KC Choi, EVP and Head of Global Mobile B2B Team, Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, said:
According to Google, Samsung is just the latest manufacturer to join the Android Enterprise Recommended programme. Most recently, Lenovo, OnePlus, Oppo, and Xiaomi joined the programme bringing the total number of partners to over 30 worldwide.
By Abhay V
New iPad Air passes through FCC, pre-orders rumored to open tomorrow
by Abhay Venkatesh
Back during its first virtual event for the fall, Apple unveiled the updated iPad Air –the fourth generation of the tablet – bringing an updated design with smaller bezels and flat edges. The tablet boasts of many improvements such as the new A14 Bionic processor, an upgrade over the A12 Bionic offered in its predecessor. It also offers a power button-based Touch ID, a first for the Cupertino giant’s devices.
While the company did not mention a specific launch date for the device and only noted a vague “October” time frame, the device has now passed through FCC for certification. Spotted by 9to5Mac, the listing suggests that the device is now approved for sale in the U.S.
Rumors suggest that the new iPad Air will go up for pre-order tomorrow, October 16, with availability slated for October 23. Best Buy Canada has already posted a listing for the tablet, suggesting that the pre-orders are closer than ever in that country. It will be interesting to see if these rumors are accurate and if the device indeed hits the web for pre-orders as suggested by the reports.
The iPad Air starts at $599 and offers a design similar to the iPad Pro and also adds support for the second-generation Apple Pencil, bringing premium features to a more affordable price point. The eighth-gen iPad retails for $329 and is already on sale.
Samsung introduces the Galaxy Tab Active3, a rugged tablet for businesses
by João Carrasqueira
Samsung has announced the new Galaxy Tab Active3, a rugged tablet aimed at business users. This is the direct follow-up to the three-year-old Galaxy Tab Active2, though Samsung also introduced the 10-inch Galaxy Tab Active Pro last year.
Being that it's been three years since its predecessor launched, the Galaxy Tab Active3 features some pretty significant improvements from its predecessor. The 8-inch display now comes in a 1920x1200 resolution, though it's still a TFT LCD panel. On the inside, there's an octa-core Exynos 9810 chipset with speeds up to 2.7GHz, plus 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage, which can be expanded through a microSD card.
The rear camera has also been bumped from an 8MP unit to a 13MP one, and Samsung has added support for Google's AR Core technology, so augmented reality applications should be compatible out of the box. The USB Type-C port has also been upgraded to USB 3.1 Gen 1, rather than USB 2.0. Additionally, the battery capacity has been bumped up to 5,050mAh, and it's still user replaceable.
In line with the Galaxy Tab Active family, the new tablet has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, and so is the included S Pen. It also has the newer MIL-STD-810H certification for drurability.
Software-wise, the Galaxy Tab Active3 ships with Android 10 out of the box, and Samsung promises three generations of Android updates, as well as regular monthly updates. The new tablet also supports Samsung DeX so you can connect to an external display and use it with a PC-like interface.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 Pro is available starting today in markets including Europe and Asia, though the company hasn't shared pricing information. The tablet also doesn't appear to have been added to Samsung's rugged range page as of yet.