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Google reports 70 million Android tablet activations as it confirms app downloads have passed the 50 billion mark (Original)

It seems like just 10 weeks ago that Google was reporting a total of 900 million Android activations. Well, now the company's back, once again outdoing itself with some fresh figures. Today, we're hearing that more than 70 million Android tablets have been activated to date. Meanwhile, Google has surpassed 50 billion app downloads in the Google Play Store across all Android devices, and there are now more than a million applications available in the store. Additionally, the company claims that in the first half of this year, one in two tablets sold worldwide was an Android product. With no way of confirming that figure ourselves, we'll stand on that tablet activation figure, as it represents a pretty sizable jump for Google: at the end of 2012, tablet activations were still somewhere below 40 million. That's all for now as far as stats go. We'll leave you to gawk at that super tempting new Nexus 7.

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TV channel apps used by 14% of smartphone, tablet users (Original)

iPad miniSome 14% of smartphone and tablet users used TV channel apps from networks like MTV, Nickelodeon and USA Networks in the first quarter of the year, according to US research firm Parks Associates.

The study found increasing consumer use of apps from TV channels and shows and reported a 75% satisfaction rate among those that did use TV content apps in the quarter.

The most common consumer activities with these apps were watching video, looking up information related to programs, and purchasing related music or merchandise, according to the TV Channel and Network App Users study. Viewers also used the apps to check broadcast dates and times.

The research found millennials to have “much higher” interest in programme and channel specific apps than older consumer segments, and said that shows aimed specifically at this audience – like Gossip Girl – were “wise to develop a robust app offering.”

“This ‘second-screen’ generation is accustomed to consuming content on multiple devices,” said John Barrett, director of consumer analytics, Parks Associates.

Brett Sappington, director of research at Parks Associates added: “Companies in the television industry are experimenting with several approaches to TV-related apps for mobile devices. Some are already noting several benefits, including greater viewer immersion, the ability to appeal to viewers outside of the broadcast window, and new aspects to storytelling.…

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Mobile, tablet TV revenues to hit $9.5bn ‘within four years’ (Original)

iPad miniRevenues from mobile and tablet television streaming is set to rocket to nearly US$10 billion (€7.8 billion) by 2017, according to a new report.

Streaming and download services on mobile and tablet devices revenues will reach US$9.5 billion within four years, up from US$4.5 billion this year, according to Juniper Research.

“In order to be truly successful in the future, I think we will see players emerge who are prioritising their customers’ preferences; they will do this by utilising cloud technology, allowing consumers to resume playback on different devices, and enabling offline viewing,” said Sian Rowlands, author of the Mobile & Tablet TV Video: Content, Broadcast & OTT Strategies 2013 report.

The key three markets for mobile and tablet TV and video will be North America, Western Europe and the Far East and China, whose combined revenue share will comprise more than 80% of the total. Latin America is also expected to become a key player, with the football World Cup and the Olympics being held in Brazil in 2014 and 2016, respectively.

However, the report warns mobile operators will come under increasingly pressure to improve their network capacity in order to delivery high quality video, while at the same time attracting revenues from usage.…

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Why Foxconn’s Firefox OS-powered tablet is too big to ignore (Original)

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Mozilla has already scored some pretty powerful partners for Firefox OS. Those have been enough to get us interested, but now there’s word out of Taiwan that Foxconn is joining the ranks. There’s going……

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Firefox OS tablet in the works? Mozilla and Foxconn set to unveil new device June 3 (Original)

Firefox OS creatorr Mozilla and manufacturing titan Foxconn have reportedly joined forces, with a Firefox OS device – rumored to be a tablet – set to be unveiled at a special event in Taiwan next week.…

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Tablet sales on the rise, to surpass PCs by end of year (Original)

Analyst Sameer Singh is forecasting bad news for PCs, and expects tablet devices to overtake them in sales sometime in the next few months. By the end of 2013, tablets may be more popular than their PC counterparts.…

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The ‘Phablet’ isn’t a ‘Phad’ or a Phase – massive phones are coming (Original)

Samsung’s S4 is great, but it has nothing on the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega Phone, which is just one more sign that the phablet category is growing as fast as our phone screens.…

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Sports and specials account for 60% of second screen viewing (Original)

Sports and special programming accounted for almost 60% of second screen activity in the first quarter of 2013, according to new stats by US social TV analytics company Trendrr.

The firm logged 205 million social interactions in the quarter around one-off sporting and special events.” These included the Superbowl, which accounted for a massive 52 million second screen interactions. Other notable tent pole events included the Grammy Awards with 15 million interactions, the Oscars with 13 million and the NFL Playoffs with 12 million.

Trendrr, which helps clients measure and analyse the way viewers engage with content, said that overall it logged a 127% increase in second screen activity in Q1 2013 compared to a year earlier.

Of the more than 18,700 telecasts it logged in the quarter, it found that the average drew almost 20,000 second screen interactions from “hyper-engaged audiences” – more than 343 million in total.

While a “significant amount of this growth” can be attributed to increased activity around one-off events, Trendrr said that excluding sports and specials, “social TV activity continues to accelerate, growing by 53%. The most significant year over year growth occurred in January 65%. February grew by 44% and March by 46%.”

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What the laptop can learn from the tablet (and why it better do it soon) (Original)

The rise of the tablet has changed the computing landscape. Laptop manufacturers shouldn’t ignore this success; instead, the lessons taught by tablets should be used to turn the old-fashioned clamshell into the PC of tomorrow.…

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Microsoft confirms it’s working on something small, maybe a 7-inch Surface tablet or smartwatch? (Original)

Microsoft's chief financial officer, Peter Klein, has heavily hinted at a 7-inch tablet, and that it would be coming in the next few months. He could also be hinting about the rumor Windows smartwatches…

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