IDC optimistic on tablets, Android's chances
IDC on Tuesday gave its own breakdown of world tablet share from this fall and painted an optimistic look at Android's position in the market. Going higher than others' estimates, the research team believed that Amazon shipped 4.7 million Kindle Fires, or enough to stake out 16.8 percent of tablets worldwide. Along with a slight gain from Samsung to 5.8 percent, the prediction would have knocked Apple down from 61.5 percent last summer to 54.7 percent in the last few months of 2011.
Pandigital SuperNova hopes to grab low end tablets
Pandigital hoped to raise the bar on starter tablet e-readers with a Friday unveiling for the SuperNova. The eight-inch tablet is still rare in the class for having a capacitive touchscreen and has a 4:3, 800x600 aspect ratio that suits magazines and newspapers. To fully customize the OS, it uses the most basic version of Android 2.3 and doesn't have the official Android Market, although it does have GetJar's app store as well as preloaded access to Barnes & Noble's bookstore and Flash.
Inexpensive tablet with surprising flourishes
Best Buy is now offering the Pandigital Nova Digital Reader on its website. The bargain tablet features Android 2.3, an 800MHz processor, and a 7-inch, 600 x 800 TFT LCD screen. It has 4GB RAM onboard as well as a microSD expansion slot, plus one mini USB 2.0 port and a micro HDMI out. The Nova reader also has front- and rear-facing cameras and a built-in microphone and speakers for web chat, and 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity.
Geoffrey the giraffe to pitch eReaders to kids
Toys R Us has committed itself to e-readers in earnest by carrying devices of its own. The toy retailing giant will begin selling the Amazon Kindle in its stores starting this Sunday. Toys R Us will stock three models, the Kindle Wi-Fi in graphite, the Kindle 3G in graphite, and the Kindle Wi-Fi with Special Offers.
Company's 3rd attempt at reader/tablet market
Pandigital has submitted a new seven-inch e-reader/tablet to the FCC for its approval. The device, known as the Planet, is a cross between an e-reader and a tablet. It sports a TFT LCD screen and runs Android.
IDC puts iPad at 90pc of tablets, Kindle at 42pc
Apple managed to claim 87.4 percent of the tablet market before the Galaxy Tab came into play, IDC found in a rare study of tablet share. As most companies were caught off-guard, Apple claimed a near-monopoly of the tablet market last summer. Analysts further expected 17 million tablets to have shipped by the end of the year, almost all of which would still have been iPads.
Pandigital Novel 2nd gen drops LCD for e-paper
Pandigital bounced back after its heavily criticized original tablet by launching a revamped Novel. It still uses Android underneath but has switched from its criticized resistive touch LCD to a Sipix-made, 600x800 e-paper touchscreen. The design gives up color but should be more responsive, significantly extend the battery life and make it much easier to view outdoors.
Pandigital outs stand-alone photo scanner
Pandigital has released a new photo scanner that can feed through 8.5 by 11-inch photos or documents. The Personal Photo Scanner/Converter doesn't require a PC connection, as photos can be scanned directly onto an included SD memory card. The images are saved in JPEG format, and the card can be plugged into a PC for archiving or a digital photo frame for viewing.
Pandigital pulled from shelves for firmware fix
Pandigital on Thursday explained a halt to sales of its Novel touchscreen e-reader. The company says the device will go back on sale in about a month, and the time will be used to review the firmware that's preloaded onto the device, which was the reason for the delay. A spokesperson for the company also confirmed that a a black model will also be released that may have other features.
Pandigital Novel becomes inadvertent iPad rival
Pandigital has leapt into e-readers in significant fashion today by launching the Novel. Rather than opt for e-paper, the photo frame maker has opted to go directly to a 7-inch, 800x600 capacitive touchscreen LCD and enters into the tablet arena as a result. The slate is based on Android and can play video, show photos and browse the web on top of usual secondary features like music and a calendar.
Pandigital prices 3G connected photo frame
Pandigital has priced for its Photo Mail LED Digital Photo Frame as well as photo delivery packages. The frame, PAN8008DW, which sports a 3G data connection through AT&T, will cost $180 and is due to arrive in stores mid-May. For the purchase price, buyers can send 300 photos over the 3G data connection to the frame.
Pandigital Photo Mail has cell data, LEDs
Pandigital today added its first truly Internet-connected photo frame. The Photo Mail LED Digital Photo Frame builds in an AT&T-supplied 3G connection and has an always-on connection to HP's Snapfish photo service. As a result, it can automatically show any photos sent to an individually given e-mail address and will always reflect that content on a publicly accessible Snapfish web page.
Pandigital flagship frames
Digital photo frame maker Pandigital on Tuesday announced the upcoming release of a pair of new digital photo frames, the 7- and 8-inch PanTouch Clear with a 'floating' LCD display and touchscreen user interface. The 800x600 resolution displays in either frame appear to be floating as they are surrounded by a thin strip of glass, with the effect enhanced by a clear stand. The touchscreen interface produces icons on fingerprint-resistant glass instead of the LCD panel itself, like in many current frames that use the capacitive-touch technology.