Mobile traffic was a major catalyst behind the growth of online shopping on Black Friday 2012. According to IBM, 24 percent of consumers visited retailer sites from a mobile device, up from 14.3 percent on Black Friday 2011. In addition, mobile sales exceeded 16 percent, up from 9.8 percent a year earlier.
Tablets appear poised to dominate the holiday sales season, according to a number of shopping surveys. The findings could help buoy wireless operators hoping to generate additional data revenues from tablet users who want to connect their device to a cellular network.
Less than 60 days are left in the calendar year and families in all parts of the world are looking for deals. And there is a good chance one of the hottest tech items to be found on wish lists this year is a media tablet. But exactly how affordable are tablets in different countries given the challenging economy? Here at ABI Research we tackled a pair of questions to address this notion: "What is the average selling price of a media tablet in my country?" and, "How many weeks of average household income does it take buy a media tablet?"
Tablets running Google's Android are on pace to halt Apple's iPad market share dominance for the first time in either the second or third quarter of 2013, according to Sameer Singh, an analyst with mergers and acquisitions consulting firm Finvista Advisors.
AT&T Mobility is launching a promotion that will give customers a $100 discount on a tablet if they sign a two-year contract for data services.
Worldwide tablet shipments reached 27.8 million units during the third quarter of 2012, growing 49.5 percent year-over-year and 6.7 percent compared to second-quarter shipments, according to new data from research firm IDC.
Apple has delivered a product at a price that enables the iPad mini to defend itself against rival products from Amazon and Google in the near term and exacerbate an already daunting challenge for Windows RT licensees.
Apple sold 26.9 million iPhones in its fiscal fourth quarter, a 58 percent increase from the year-ago period. The quarter only represented nine days worth of sales of the iPhone 5, which went on sale Sept. 21. Yet Apple's earnings missed analysts' expectations.
Sprint Nextel introduced a suite of new, no-contract data plans for LTE tablets, timed to coincide with the introduction of Apple's new fourth-generation iPad and the iPad mini. Both of the Apple gadgets support LTE and will be Sprint's first iPad offerings.
Apple is rolling out a refreshed version of its iBooks e-reading application in tandem with the introduction of its new iPad mini, a 7.9-inch tablet slated to reach retail early next month.