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Apple seen shipping more iPads in 2011 than Android combined

09/27, 12:55pm

Analyst says 25.5m iPads, 6m Galaxy Tabs in 2011

Apple is poised to control the tablet market for at least the next year, Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley said today. He estimated that Apple would ship 13.4 million iPads in 2010 and 25.5 million in 2011. The next closest, Samsung's Galaxy Tab, would reach 1.5 million by the end of the year and move another six million in 2011.

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RIM to talk tablet software today; BlackBerry tablet distant

09/27, 10:00am

RIM DevCon only teasing BlackBerry tablet software

RIM's opening DevCon presentations won't show any actual BlackBerrry tablet hardware but may talk about its software, sources mentioned today. Both BGR and Electronista have unofficially heard that the events on Monday won't be product unveilings and will stick to the development focus of the San Francisco conference. The BGR tip added that RIM would talk about the platform, though to what extent wasn't said.

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RIM may unveil BlackBerry tablet as soon as Monday [U]

09/21, 6:05pm

Hints emerge RIM may unveil BlackBerry tablet soon

(Update: hardware details) RIM may use BlackBerry DevCon to unveil its repeatedly rumored BlackBerry-related tablet. A San Francisco event on Monday, before the conference in earnest, is said to be very secretive by ZDNet and might precede the actual keynotes for the event, which start with co-CEO Mike Lazaridis' presentation at Moscone Center West. While not necessarily a revelation by itself, it would come just as major companies like Citrix are reportedly promoting services and other products that would support a RIM tablet when ready.

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RIM files for SurfBook trademark; smartbook, tablet in mind?

09/20, 12:25pm

RIM snaps up SurfBook name in Canadian trademark

RIM has fueled speculation about its BlackBerry-influenced tablet with a recently discovered trademark filing. An application at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) for a SurfBook name is vague about the uses of the name but would cover all of the likely devices RIM could make, such as a tablet, a computer or a smartphone. A matching trademark hasn't the US, but it's unknown if RIM is simply waiting or is considering using different names in different countries.

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iPad to control tablet market through at least 2012

08/25, 11:45am

Study shows Apple iPad keeping majority for years

The iPad should keep a majority hold on the tablet market for at least the next two years, iSuppli said in a new estimate today. Apple's slate should get 74.1 percent of the market in 2010 and is still predicted to hold on to a dominating 61.7 percent of the market by 2012. Such a lead would come even with the entire Windows tablet PC market in play as well as a wave of new challengers expected to hit in 2011.

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Best Buy to push hard on iPad, other tablets for holidays

08/22, 12:45pm

Best Buy to make tablets a holiday priority

Best Buy's mobile lead Shawn Score in an interview on Friday said the store would "make tablets a focus" for the holiday this year. The big-box chain hopes to associate itself with tablets and will put more attention on the iPad and its yet-to-ship competitors. Alternatives to Apple would be important, Score told Forbes, as those who use Android or BlackBerry phones might want tablets based on the same platform.

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RIM may be using custom OS from QNX for BlackPad tablet

08/19, 10:05am

RIM BlackPad may abandon BlackBerry 6 for QNX

RIM's BlackPad tablet may drop any attempt to use BlackBerry 6 when it ships, insiders said this morning. It would instead take advantage of the buyout of QNX to use an entirely fresh platform. Bloomberg's sources maintain that it would still tap into BlackBerry e-mail but wouldn't have the legacy code holding back the BlackBerry 6 platform.

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RIM's BlackPad tablet to be built by Quanta for $500?

08/09, 10:35am

BlackPad due in November, to be built by Quanta

The upcoming BlackPad tablet from RIM will purportedly be manufactured by Taiwan's Quanta Computer. Digitimes reports that the device will be powered by Android, though this is unlikely as RIM has always used its proprietary operating systems. The report also has the tablet launching as early as November, or earlier than originally anticipated.

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RIM's BlackPad tablet launch narrowed down to November

07/30, 12:15pm

BlackBerry tablet name, ship date may be confirmed

A potentially major rumor today has pinpointed the launch of RIM's BlackBerry tablet to November. A pair of sources said the BlackPad name registered earlier is the final name and that its screen will be roughly similar in size to the iPad. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi would let it tether to a BlackBerry to get online, though Bloomberg didn't say how independent the device would be.

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RIM snaps up BlackPad.com in hint of future tablet

07/28, 5:20pm

RIM gets BlackPad domain to guard tablet name plan

RIM's plans for a BlackBerry tablet were corroborated today as the company is now known to have registered BlackPad.com. A WHOIS check on the domain showed that it was bought just a few days ago on behalf of RIM by CSC, a company specializing in corporate branding. The domain had been owned by others but had gone unused since 2002.

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