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thin-tabletIs it really that hard to fathom how quickly new technology changes purchasing patterns? At times it can be. We get so caught up in the newest trend that our still “new” tech becomes obsolete when the “newest thing” comes out. It is the nature of consumer growth, and it has shown with the growing number of tablet sales. Ever since the introduction of the iPad and its growing success, we have seen more and more tablets being developed. The demand for the product has become so high that it has now gotten other companies involved, like Microsoft and Samsung. Even the Kindle became more than just and eBook and decided to jump on the tablet band wagon. But just how successful are tablets now?

One could argue that we are right at the “prime time” for the tablet market. More and more models are being developed for the consumer market. But what about the desktop and the laptop? Are tablets going to spell the end of these products?

Research from IDChas indicated that buy the end of the fourth quarter this year, tablets will have outsold PCs. Even if only for the fourth quarter, that says a lot for the tablet market. We see how successful they have become. So much so that Apple even made its own product line for them with the iPad. If you were to walk into any Apple store, the first thing you will see are the iPads. Whether they be the iPad Minis or the iPad Airs, they are the first product line being displayed. The Macbooks come second in the display, with the iMac desktops being stored on the side of the stores. This general product placement is not without purpose.

Smart devices are becoming the norm. The end of this year was expected to see a 10.6% growth in the smart device market. By the end of 2017 however, the market growth will begin to slow to about 3.1% due to over saturation within the market. Many companies will be emerging with their own tablet products and here is where we will see the longevity of the devices put to the test.

Look at how much bigger certain phones are getting. Take the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the Galaxy Note for example. These phones are a lot bigger than some would originally anticipate and it again is not without purpose. Even these devices are getting names now. The ever popular “phablet” or “phone-tablet” will start to see more of rise in consumer purchases. The demand for smaller and cheaper tablet devices that can receive texts and make calls will increase.

Take the tablet now though. We saw innovation with the laptop. We saw a computer that we can take on the go. With the introduction of the tablet, we saw even more portability. The tablet was capable of doing the same basic functions as the laptop or desktop could but was smaller, sleeker, and more mobile. This alone has consumers looking to it for their computing needs.

Expect to see the tablet outsell the PC by the 2015.

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With an FCC listing and a new report out of Korea, we now have more information about two of four unannounced tablets from Samsung. Expected to land in the first quarter of 2014, we have the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite and an unnamed 10.5 inch Super AMOLED tablet.

In regards to the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, there really isn’t too much left to wonder about. The price tag for this 7 inch tablet is rumored to be about $100. Current rumors about the hardware tell us that it will be very similar to the original Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. We will find out for sure if everyone is right in about three weeks when it is unveiled during the Las Vegas CES 2014 expo.

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The only real thing we don’t know about is the connectivity options. No insiders have came out and said if there will be a 3G model released alongside the Wi-Fi only model or not. The Variant of the tablet spotted at the federal agency has the SM-T110 model number and doesn’t have any 3G or 4G capabilities. It also doesn’t have a flash for it’s rear facing camera. Neither of these things are very surprising though, there aren’t too many extra flashy features that you should be expecting from a $100 tablet. The fact that it even has a camera at all is impressive to me at that price.

As for the far more secretive Galaxy Tab with a Super AMOLED display, most of it is still a secret. Rumor has it that it will be announced at CES next month with a 10.5 inch design, and will probably be followed up with an 8 inch variant later on in the year.

If you are trying to find specs or features on this bad boy, you’re probably not going to find that information anywhere yet. We don’t even know anything the design or how it will look at all. We will have to wait a little bit for that exciting information. I am expecting a lot out of this tablet though. After the huge failure of the Galaxy Tab 7.7, I’m positive that this tablet will blow us away and have a strong marketing campaign to go along with it.

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leapmotionRecently we have seen a big rise in motion control and 3D gesturing and sensors. Take the Xbox Kinect and the Playstation Move for example. Both are using 3D motion control technology to accurately capture and process your movements to make games more interactive. A fun an and entertaining concept no doubt. But, what about this? What if you were able to use the same type of technology on your smartphone or your tablet? Would it be worth all the commotion it would cause? Would it be practical? Or, would it be just another cheap gimmick to try and reel customers? After, touch screens were designed for, well… touch.

The company, Leap Motion, has already seen its motion control product utilized on desktop computers an laptops alike. For those unfamiliar with the device, the Leap Motion Controller, is a sensor that plugs directly into your computer and allows you to take control of your PC’s or laptop’s functions with just simple hand gestures. Well, now they have plans to expand their market.

Leap Motion is doing it’s best to see mobile devices, such as your tablet, using its 3D motion control interface. The CEO of the company expects to see this be implemented in new mobile devices by the end of 2014.

Since the Leap Motion Controller is a separate device, it would need to be somehow integrated into the hardware of a phone or tablet itself. Recently, the challenges that were faced with integrated the technology into smaller hardware has been overcome and has since seen its way onto an actual product. The HP Envy 17 laptop has actually put the motion control sensor created by Leap into the laptop and has put it out for consumer use. Now the object is to see the same type of technology put into mobile devices for commercial and consumer use.

When asked about the possible new functions for the technology, Leap had mentioned that they were working with manufacturers to make the transition as seamless as possible. They are doing their best to make specific gestures fitted for mobile devices. With the ability to use your tablet as a TV remote with gesture-based control functions, Leap has definitely opened up a whole new market with their product. The chance to actually have different devices’ functionalities coincide with one another based on the embedded technology is quite remarkable, but then comes the question on whether or not it could be viewed as practical.

When looking at it from a marketing standpoint, having this technology embedded into tablets and other mobile devices already is reason to believe that it is important enough to see proper use and practicality when utilized. It still brings back the thought of, touchscreens being for touch. The “pinch” and “spread” motions are already there for us on the touchscreens. This technology will just allow us the capability to do it in free space above the sensor. The company to trying to see this technology on the mass market anywhere from July to December of 2014, so be on the look out from summer to winter of next year.

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Apple has taken a lot of heat lately for falling behind some of their competition when it comes to the resolution of their iPad Air with Retina Display. Although the iPad Air’s display quality is quite good, some people still complain that is isn’t good enough, considering the Kindle Fire HDX has a way higher resolution. The current Kindle Fire HDX has about one million more pixels than the iPad Air; 2560 x 1600 and 339 pixels per inch with an 8.9 inch display.

The new iPad with a 12 inch display that everyone has been hearing rumors about recently may be Apple’s answer to this issue. According to new rumors, they are currently testing their future iPad release right now with 2K and 4K resolutions. According to un-named sources, there have already been several prototypes on this new tablet.

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If this is true, the new iPad would be one of the most impressive tablet releases that we have ever seen. The resolution would likely be 4096 x 3072, which is even higher than the 4K Ultra high-definition televisions that have come out recently. The current iPad Air is 2048 x 1536 at and 264 pixels per inch, and the resolution on the new version would be literally doubling that.

This change would be one of the most pleasing things that Apple could ever do for their fans. That, and smartscrolling. But we shouldn’t get our hopes up, just in case.

One rumor that can’t really be taken too seriously is the release date for this new iPad. You can find more guesses on that than there are pixels in the new display. Originally everyone thought it would be coming out in early 2014, but my guess is that it will have a more traditional release date of  later 2014, maybe around fall. Another thing people say is that the 2K release will probably be mid year, with the boosted specs version having the later release.