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Android tablets are getting a new Entertainment Space for media consumption
by João Carrasqueira
Google has announced a new feature for Android tablets, called Entertainment Space. Inspired by last year's Kids Space that debuted alongside some Lenovo tablets, this new feature is designed to make it easier for users to browse and find shows, games, and books to pass the time.
The Entertainment Space interface is split into three major tabs: Watch, Games, and Books, and each one does what you'd expect it to. In the Watch tab, users can view content from all the services they have accounts for. The interface will surface content from all the available services, including recommendations based on your history and the ability to quickly jump back into something you were watching before.
The Games and Books tabs are a bit more limited in scope, since you can only rely on Google Play Games and Google Play Books. Each category will feature popular content at the time and highlight games you've playing or books you're currently reading. Some games also support Instant Play so you can get started without any downloads, while books offer free previews so you can know more about them before committing to a purchase.
The Entertainment Space is coming to Walmart onn. tablets later this month, and tablets from other brands such as Lenovo and Sharp will also add it later in the year.
Chromebooks saw 275% growth in 1Q21 according to Canalys
by Paul Hill
The analyst firm Canalys has reported that the worldwide PC market, including tablets, grew for the fourth consecutive quarter during 1Q21. Year on year, the PC market saw shipments increase by 53.1% reaching 122.1 million units. The best performers, in terms of growth, were Chromebooks (274.6%) and tablets (51.7%) with shipments reaching 12 million and 39.7 million respectively.
Commenting on the findings, Brian Lynch, Canalys Research Analyst, said:
As for each individual firms' performance, HP accounted for 36.4% of Chromebook market shipments, Lenovo was second at 25.9%, Acer held 11.9%, Samsung was sitting at 10%, Dell has 8.4% and other brands represented 7.3%. Samsung saw the biggest annual growth followed by the other firms in the order just listed.
In the tablet market, Apple held onto its lead with a 38.2% market share, and Samsung came second at 20.1%. Amazon with its line of Fire tablets came in fourth place with 8.7% behind Lenovo which had a market share of 9.5%.
According to the analyst, the PC market saw its typically strong holiday season but the continuing pandemic means people are still buying PCs to help them work from home. Canalys believes tablets will become mainstays in growing sectors such as education as well as in commercial deployments.
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.