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Amazon Kindle eBook reader has been the best selling tablet after Apple iPad that holds 47% share of market as per the survey conducted by Yankee Group. After dealing with some software and hardware issues, Amazon has managed to be in the queue of top tablets manufacturers. The survey results show that the company is at #2 with 7% market share and leading Samsung by a wafer thin margin of one percent, which is at #3 with 6% of the tablet market. Considering the consistent growth and demand of the e-readers, the company has decided to increase its Kindle offerings by adding more devices in the segment. The Kindle series now has eight different e-readers variants that vary on the basis of price and features.

If we believe on the various reports on the web, then it seems like that Amazon is prepping for three new Kindle Fire release by the end of this shopping season that is sometime near September. The first of these appears to be a replacement of the current entry-level tablet that has a screen resolution of 1024x600p, and is being sold for $159 right now, with a new similar size 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet in series that features a higher resolution of 1280x800p.

Another upcoming tablet is a new version of Kindle Fire HD. The existing 7-inch Fire HD model has a display resolution of 1280x800p, which will be upgraded by a newer version that will have a resolution of 1920x1200p to offer brighter and appealing display in comparison to its predecessor. However, the size of the newer model will remain unchanged as 7-inches.

The third expected model for this year would be a replacement of current Kindle Fire HD 8.9” model. The existing Fire HD 8.9” model has a resolution of 1920x1200p, which is better than traditional full HD (1920x1080p). However, Amazon has planned to upgrade the pixel count of its new model to 2560×1600 which is way beyond than full HD, but lesser than ultra HD!

As far as the pricing is concerned then there is much speculation but no reliable information as yet until Amazon decides to spill the beans. The demand for these upcoming devices would primarily depend on the consumers’ budget and requirements and if history is anything to go by Amazon may have another winner on its hands with this new range. Keep watching this space more for updates on this.

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The much awaited Flipboard’s Android update has been rolled out on a global platform a couple of weeks ago. Flipboard version 2.0 was first made available to download for iOS users in March. The new Android version of this application allows people to create and organize their own personalized virtual magazine for absolutely free.

Android users would now be able to share and edit their own aspiring feeds with contents, images and videos on their board to make them look like their own visualized publication. They can even set privacy controls on their magazines for public and private viewing and can also share it with friends via social networks. Earlier, board users’ could have only read through the content and feeds that had been previously posted by the editorial team of Flipboard. But with this update they can personalize it according to their own taste and preferences.

The Andriod users were previously restricted to the limited ‘read only’ functionality of the magazines that were created on iOS. Whereas now, the Android users are on par with iOS users, as in, they also have the same ability –  to create their own collective articles, images and various add ons, for giving a materialize appearance to their boards.

The Flipboard has recorded an astonishing 500,000 magazines having being created and personalized within first two following weeks of the launch of the application version 2.0 on iTunes for Apple users. With the UK, US and Canada emerging among the top five countries, where the users have downloaded and used this application to create magazines.

The app new version 2.0 is now available to download from Google Play for Android devices. We would love to hear your opinion or experiences on this updated app version in the comment box below.

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Just a month ago I read somewhere on the web that “considering LG’s dedication towards its incredible work and consumer response especially in the mobile segment, it lets us witnessed very soon that the company (LG) will also be in line along with Apple or Samsung to generate maximum revenue from its mobile sector”. And finally, that day has come! Strategy Analytics has confirmed that worldwide smartphone shipments have reached 210 million units that shows the growth of 36% annually in just the first quarter of 2013. The Major market share was captured by the top giants Samsung and Apple obviously however, they were followed by LG at number three for the first time ever.

According to the report issued by the researchers team of Strategy Analysts, Samsung, Apple and LG shares were as mentioned below:

Brand

Smartphone Units Sells

Market Share in (%)

Samsung

69.4 Million

33.1

Apple

37.4 Million

17.9

LG

10.3 Million

4.9

Currently, LG is wooing the market with the Optimus G Pro while Samsung looks all set to rule the roost again with its powerful Galaxy S4. The Korean manufacturers have some strong competition from Taiwanese company HTC with their super stylish HTC One and let’s not forget the iPhone 5 which has been around for a while. In essence, all these companies are pushing hard for market dominance. However, it all comes down to the decision of today’s customer who is well informed and nitpicky and can easily differentiate between the different flagship mobiles.

Now LG’s unit volume might look meagre as compared to that of Samsung and Apple but the truth is that it is a big step in the right direction as these sales show that end users now have a much more positive outlook towards LG mobile as compared to the insipid response from previous years. It is also the perfect catalyst for LG to constantly improve and increase its market share in the coming years.

For Indian tech enthusiasts and geeks, 3D is mostly an unknown quantity. The trend is not much different over the rest of the world. Yet, we find that 3D literally adds a new dimension to many of the products we use in daily course of life. 3D is emerging as a technology that can provide that most elusive of qualities to any products or brand – differentiation. Apple also seems to have realized it – which stands to reason – since Apple has always been one of the most innovative brands over the last two decades – providing unique solutions to general users. Its range of products – Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV etc is living testaments to this.3D Technology for Apple

Apple is working on a number of innovations that involve extensive use of 3D technology. For example, a new 3D camera is reportedly in works – eventually to be added to i-products. The 3D camera will be equipped with solid graphic capabilities that will capture 3D images that will then be displayed on the screens of various Apple devices. There are also reports of an Apple patent that purports to develop 3D remote – that includes a gyroscopic sensor and a touch interface – that will work with a host of Apple devices. This magic wand sounds quite similar to the Magic Motion Remote of LG 3D TVs – though the final picture will be clear only when the device is finally revealed.

Apple has a tradition of sorts for making apps and devices that use technology in an innovative way to benefit the final user. For example, they already offer eye-tracking 3d technology for iPhone and iPad, and 3d maps in iPhone. Therefore, it only seems fit that Apple will probably establish the 3D TV technology among general users – an endeavor in which most of the other companies have achieved mixed success at the best.

Apple 3D TVApple has already adopted a technology that will allow Apple TV users to enjoy 3D TV viewing without being burdened with cumbersome 3D glasses. Apple TV has recently tied up with Stream TV Networks, a company that develops glass free 3D technology for TV sets. As per reports, Apple TV will use Stream’s Ultra-D technology – which uses a combination of software and hardware to convert 2D images to 3D, and then beam it in HD in a way that is suitable for glass-free 3D viewing. The good news is that the glass free 3D viewing will not be limited to Apple TV only – it can readily be adapted for iPad and iPhones as well.

So, is it time to take the next step in 3D TV evolution, and try glass free 3D viewing? Well, with the considerable endorsement of Apple, the 3D technology may just receive the boost that it needs and deserves. Lets us keep our fingers crossed, and see whether this new technology makes it in time for iphone 6, ipad 4 or other upcoming products.

I had not planned to update the blog for a few more days but my view on this mammoth war between two of the technology giants was something I had to get off my chest. The Android market has been a boon to mass consumers since its inception in the mid of 2010. It was a viable option for technology-craving customers to have an application rich phone which is on par with iPhone and its successors. And unlike an iPhone, an Android OS based phone did not actually burn a hole in consumer pockets. Plus with the LG LTE Smartphone’s raking up millions in sales in US and due for launch here, it’s good times ahead for Android enthusiasts in India.

It has been pointed out from the preset that Apple had duly informed Samsung that the patents used in the design and OS of its flagship products was blatant copying of Apple’s own patents and therefore violation of their intellectual property. The after-effects has resulted in Apple coming out on top in the court of law with Samsung proven guilty of infringement of Apple’s innovative patents and ordered to pay Apple damages amounting to a whopping $ 1 Billion ! Senior spokesperson of Apple has welcomed the verdict highlighting that this “Patent Lawsuit” was about values and a voice against duplication of innovation while accusing Samsung of being obstreperous in heeding Apple’s warning.

I for one was bored of the ubiquity of Apple and Samsung and that is why I opted for an LG Optimus 3D P725 Smartphone. That’s because I appreciate the R&D and effort LG is putting in bringing these handsets rather than Apple iPhone replicas.

Well that must have been a bit boring to read, somewhat like a news article. But in effect, what it means is that there would be major question mark on the authenticity of Samsung and its best selling Samsung Galaxy S III and may result in a major setback for the Korean giants. On one end, you do feel hard done by what Samsung has suffered but violation of patents is never the way forward. I do agree that there were some shady claims by Apple regarding “drop down menu” and “Pinch and Zoom” features which are ubiquitous in almost all the major touch-based handsets.

Any Android lover might be thinking that “Apni to lag gayi re Mamu!” but the verdict might just be positive for us as a consumer. You may ask why? And my answer is that Samsung will have to come up with actual innovation to regain from this and it opens up an avenue for companies like LG who have been working vigorously on being the market leaders in the next generation LTE (Long Term Evolution) phones. I have already told you guys about my love for my sister’s LG Optimus LTE2 Smartphone. And with all the hustle-bustle for patents, you would not have to worry about plagiarism as far as Patents are concerned as LG holds a World Record for that.

On an ending note, I would like to quote, “Copying is an art, but the success derived from it is shortlived….” No pun intended!!!!

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