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Sony Electronics rang in 2012 with a surprising discount that may foreshadow much about the tablet market this year. Overnight I received email from a Sony spokeswoman saying the company “has permanently dropped the price of the Sony Tablet S by $100 starting today”. This follows what seemed like a temporary $50 discount right before Christmas. If you paid $499.99 or $599.99 before Santa’s sleigh ride, 16GB Sony S is now $399.99 and 32GB 499.99.
New data from NPD confirms something I claimed in February: “The real reason Android tablets don’t stand a chance against iPad — onerous monthly data fees“. American consumers simply aren’t opting for 3G/4G, preferring WiFi for tablets instead. That’s good news for Amazon Kindle Fire and Apple’s iPad, particularly, but doom and gloom for Motorola Droid XYBOARD and other tablets requiring onerous, two-year data contracts from cellular carriers.
I wouldn’t, and I’m probably wasting time bothering to ask. Many of you won’t either. But, please, do tell. Your reasons why or why not are valuable, and you can offer them up in comments.
Droid XYBOARD replaces the XOOM, and it’s unclear whether the predecessor’s brand disappears (I assume not) or if XYBOARD is a Verizon-exclusive brand like Droid (I assume yes). Whichever, the new tablet is all about rebranding, rather than being a worthy successor to XOOM. By the specs, there nary is anything to tell the tablets apart — other than price, a little Battlestar Galactica-like trim to the corners and introduction of a smaller model. Now there’s an 8.2-inch Moto tablet to compliment the 10.1-incher.
Today in Hong Kong, Google formally launched Android 4.0 in an event cosponsored by Samsung. The new operating system replaces Android 2.x “Gingerbread” for smartphones and 3.x “Honeycomb” for tablets. During the event Andy Rubin, Android chief, laid out “three defining terms” — goals — for new version “Ice Cream Sandwich: “simplicity”, “beautiful”, “we want to go beyond smart”. Android 4.0 looks smart and acts smart, too. Many people will look and remark how suddenly outdated is Apple’s iOS 5, which only launched last week.
I must have been asleep at the wheel yesterday, because somehow this reporter missed the big Skype for Android upgrade. What? You missed it, too?
Well, hells bells. Version 2.5 adds video-calling support for 14 more devices — and, finally, some big-brand tablets: Motorola XOOM and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. About friggin’ time!
Some of the phones are so old, support is almost laughable, like Google Nexus One. But, hey, I’ve still got one of those in a closet somewhere. My honey used it before she switched to the Nexus S.