Welcome to the connected consumer. This person most likely has a tablet and smartphone, and is constantly connected to their friends via Facebook. Today, more than 60% of 25-34 year-olds (Gen-Y) own a smartphone. One in three online consumers will buy a tablet by 2014. That’s a lot to digest at once, right? A new survey from Zmags investigates the connected consumer and their digital habits.
Only 4% of these consumers use branded apps. Eighty-seven percent prefer to use websites and mobile sites. This is good news for the so-called tablet commerce revolution (can a consumer movement be rightly called a “revolution”? I shudder), which suggests that tablet owners are using tablet-optimized websites like Amazon.com. But this connected consumer is not a Gen-Y. She is…wait for it…a 40-something-year-old woman.
87% Of Connected Consumers Prefer Websites & Mobile Sites Over Apps - via readwriteweb
Summary: The week I have spent with my new iPad 2 has proven how much better it is than any other tablet. Android is nice, but no real comparison.
I shared my reasoning behind purchasing the iPad 2 and have been asked by many how the switch from Android tablets (and the TouchPad) is going. I have been using the iPad 2 exclusively for the week I have owned it, and I can describe the experience best in one word — marvelous.
The operation of the iPad 2 is fluid, fast, and glitch-free. I find I use the iPad 2 more often and for more things than I was using other tablets in the past due to how well things work. The iPad 2 is as good as others told me it would be, and I haven’t come across a single thing I don’t like or that I wished worked differently.
The attention to detail in the user experience permeates the operation of the iPad 2 at every level. Turning it on is as simple as opening the Smart Cover, and shutting it down the same. The performance couldn’t be better, with things happening instantly when triggered by an action. I see no lags nor herky-jerky operation on the iPad as I have seen on every other tablet I have used. To quote Sade the iPad 2 is a smooth operator… .
Huffington Post: BlackBerry-Maker Handing Out Tablets—For Free
BlackBerry-Maker Handing Out Tablets—For Free
If you were thinking of buying more than one BlackBerry PlayBook, then today is your lucky day. RIM has announced a Buy Two, Get One Free offer on its poorly-selling PlayBook tablets, from now through the end of 2011, so long as you buy through one of RIM’s “Valued Added Resellers” like CDW, CompuCom, or PC Mall. The offer also includes one “premium accessory”; buyers have their choice of a leather PlayBook sleeve, charging pad or 6 foot HDMI cable. The Buy Two/Get One deal comes after a string of bad press for RIM’s struggling tablet: First, the company recently…
You want it. You don’t want it. You want it. You don’t want it. Make up your mind already. And, while you’re at it, breathe some life into Palm. That was a great gadget once upon a time.
Increased use of smartphones, tablets fuels demand for developers
The mobile app economy is real — and it’s brewing in Baltimore.
Many businesses are opening their wallets and spending to build mobile apps for customers to use. And developers are in hot demand across the United States, various surveys this year show . It’s all a response to a young technology that has become a $6.8 billion market — and is growing quickly.
In the Baltimore area, the mobile app economy is still in its early stages, fueled by a small corps of independent developers, advertising and marketing companies, and a handful of companies that specialize in creating the apps.
But interest is high. Last November, Chris Stone, co-founder of a Harford County-based website development firm, started the Baltimore Mobile group to help build the community of app developers and designers. The group has gone from three to nearly 200 members, with meet-ups every three weeks in Canton.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” said Stone. “It’s grown way faster than anyone expected.”
Baltimore’s mobile ecosystem is anchored by Millennial Media, a private firm that goes toe-to-toe with Google and Apple in mobile advertising. It’s a promising startup that’s drawn $67 million in private investment since its founding five years ago. …
What on Earth Happened to BlackBerry?
Research in Motion’s new tablet is a misguided mess.
By Farhad Manjoo|Posted Friday, April 15, 2011, at 5:22 PM ET
First, a confession: I haven’t used the BlackBerry PlayBook yet. The seven-inch tablet computer is scheduled to go on sale next week, and I hope to get my hands on one soon. This, then, is not a product review. It’s more like a eulogy, or perhaps an autopsy, for a company circling the drain. Reviewers who have gotten early access to the PlayBook have been almost universally puzzled by how half-baked it is. In its current form, the PlayBook doesn’t include any apps to access your email, calendar and address book. To get those things, you’ve got to have a BlackBerry phone, too. The PlayBook pairs with the phone, and gives you access to the phone’s e-mail, calendar, and address book. Does this sound insane? It is. The PlayBook doesn’t have many other apps, either. And even a few days before launch, the company is still making frequent, major updates to the tablet’s software.
The iPad is by far the most popular and desired tablet in the world in terms of sales. But could a Windows tablet running Microsoft’s new touch-friendly operating system dethrone the Apple slate?
iOS’s Internet market share hits a record 54.65%
And where is Android? Still trailing Java ME, according to Net Applications
You would think that withnearly 50% of the global market for smartphones that Google’s (GOOG) Android would also dominate the Web.
Not so, according to areport issued Saturday by Net Applications.
Sad that they have to give tablets away just to compete with the iPad. It would be like Burger King giving away hamburgers to steal the Big Mac crowd away from McDonald’s. Sorry, not the right approach. How about making a better product and pricing it right?