It’s time for Windows RT platform. According to some recent reports coming from Phonearena HTC is prepping not one,but two Windows RT based tablets For Q3 2013 launch.One with a 7″ display and the other with a larger 12 ” display.
The R7 which is supposedly a 7″ tablet running Wndows RT would feature a Full HD display and would be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core processor to go with 2 GB of RAM.Other speculated features include 16GB of Internal memory with Micro SD slot,13 megapixel rear camera, WiFi,Bluetooth 4.0,NFC etc.
The R12 with a 12″ display would feature a display with 2048×1536 resolution and better connectivity options than it’s smaller brother.Expected launch date of these devices is slated for Mid October which coincides with the rumored Windows Blue launch from the software giant.Stay Tuned for More Coverage.
But the company haven’t yet released any official numbers as far as the sales for the Surface RT or the Surface Pro are concerned.Though we have seen a lot of reports claiming low sales of the tablets due to limitations for Surface RT and early distribution issues.
IDC has recently released a research suggesting estimated sales for the Surface tablets for the first quarter of 2013,with estimated sales of Surface tablets(including RT and Pro platform) reaching 900,000 mark.This accounts for around 1.8% worldwide tablet market share.With apple leading the pack with close to 40% of worldwide tablet market share ,followed by their arch rival Samsung with around 18% market share.
So currently Microsoft is at the number 5 spot in the worldwide market share with Asus( 5.5%) and Amazon (3.7%) sealing the 3rd and 4th spot respectively courtesy their Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire Tablets.
[Report]Next Generation Surface Tablet to be Announced in June!
We are just 6 months into the Surface tablet launch,with the Surface RT been launched in Late october last year while the Surface Pro which was launched in February in some countries followed by a phased rollout.
But within a span of 6 months of the initial launch of the Surface tablet from Microsoft,we are getting reports about the next version of Surface tablets from the company.As per the recent reports from Digitimes,the upcoming Surface tablets could be revealed as early as in the month of June when the company hold the Build Developer conference.
The report further adds that the Surface tablet’s next iteration would feature 7-9″ display to meet the rising demand for tablets with smaller form factor.The Surface mini is being long rumored with Microsoft reducing the minimum display resolution to 1024×768 hinting support for devices with smaller displays on the horizon.
It would be interesting to see the pricing of the smaller Windows 8 based tablets including this one,since the competition is intense in the smaller tablets with the likes of iPad mini,Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7.
Last month we reported that Windows Store has crossed 50,000 apps over the store for Windows 8 and Windows RT Platform.Less than a month after that the store has crossed another 10,000 apps.
According to the latest stats from MetrostoreScanner,the Windows 8 and Windows RT store now accounts for 61,313 apps for the new emerging platform from Microsoft.The United States regional Windows Store now accounts for 42,084 apps in their regional store while the China regional Windows Store has 40,102 apps in the store.
If we take a look at the Store apps category wise the Entertainment category still leads with over 8200 apps closely followed by Books and Reference category with over 8,000 apps and Games category with over 7,800 apps in the Windows Store.
Microsoft recently had opened up a lot of initiatives for the developers and for enthusiasts to help them bring their apps to the store with programs like Ideapress which converts the WordPress blog into a full fledged Windows Store app.
With Windows Blue rumors floating around the web and some reports suggesting that the company is planning to unify both Phone and PC Operating Systems,we can expect a flood of apps making their way to both the Windows Phone and Windows Store platform in coming months.
We have heard some rumors about the supposed Surface tablet with a smaller form factor.Quite recently Microsoft reduced the minimum resolution requirements for Windows 8,bringing it down to 1024×768 down from previous 1366×768 resolution,indicating that the smaller Surface is in the works.
Recently Wall Street Journal ,also reported that the Surface mini with 7″ display will be released in near future.But according to Paul Thurrott(courtesy twitter),who is well known for his Windows platform and upcoming products Predictions,there will not be a 7″ Surface mini from Microsoft,but it rather would be the 8 incher Surface mini.
Be it an 8 incher Surface mini or a 7 incher Surface mini,it would be interesting to see the price point at which Microsoft releases these tablets.Because there is already an intense competition with 7 and 8 ” tablets starting as low as $199 from the likes of Amazon Kindle Fire HD and google with Nexus 7 and even the iPad mini.
Yesterday Microsoft released the customary Patch Tuesday updates for their Surface Pro and Surface RT devices.
The recent updates include patches for the Limited connectivity issues for Windows RT based Surface RT.The Surface RT updates includes following improvements,
Certain “Limited” connectivity issues resolved
Improves Wi-Fi to handle a wide range of access points.
Resolves system crashes caused by certain Wi-Fi issues.
Talking about the updates for the Windows 8 Pro based Surface Pro,the updates includes following improvements,
Resolves an issue with on screen touch navigation in the UEFI boot menu.
Resolves some Surface Type and Touch cover connectivity issues.
Support for 106/109 keyboards on North American Surface devices.
Resolves an issue where toggling airplane mode would disable the Wi-Fi driver.
Since these are the cumulative updates,if you haven’t updated your device before this update,all previous updates will automatically get installed when you install these updates on your Surface Pro or Surface RT.
To update your Surface device manually you need to PC Settings (from the Charm Bar),then tap on Settings option,then tap on Change PC settings,then tap on Windows Update and click on Check for Updates.to update your Surface devices.
Nokia has launched their Nokia Music app for Windows 8 and Windows RT platform over Windows Store.
The app provides a free trial for th Windows 8 and RT users for Nokia Music + services.But if you want to use it fulltime then you would need to buy a Lumia Phone and sign up for the Nokia Music+ services.The users can play their songs from the collection and can still enjoy the discovery and artist information feature using this app on Windows 8/RT.You can even wirelessly stream your app content on a DLNA supported devices.
Microsoft launched the Windows RT platform along with the public release of Windows 8 operating system last year,with many manufacturers including Microsoft pitching in with their Windows RT tablets like Asus,Lenovo,Dell and Samsung.The Windows RT platform received criticism for its limitations about running Legacy Windows apps and the pricing of the Windows RT tablets.
Now as reported earlier by Computerworld,many manufacturers including,Dell,Lenovo and Asus have started dropping their Windows RT tablet pricing signaling an attempt to clear out the stock due to lower adoption rates of the Windows RT platform due to its limitations.
After the new price cuts the Dell XPS 10 now costs $449 for the 32 GB model while the 64 GB variant costs $499,down from $499 and $599 respectively.Asus VivoTab RT now costs $382 at Amazon( previously priced at $599)with others like BestBuy and Staples selling it for $549.Talking about the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11 is down to $599 from previous price of $799,while Amazon is selling it at a price tag of $499.99.Though there was no price drop for the Surface RT tablet from Microsoft.
According to the analysts the price drop is due to the poor adoption rate of the platform in worldwide market,this might increase the sells of the tablet,but it’s definitely not a good sign for the Windows RT platform.
As promised earlier,Microsoft has released major updates for their core Windows 8 apps like Windows 8 Mail app,Calendar app and the People App.
So users can now update their Mail,Calender,People and Messaging app via the Windows Store app’s Updates option.These updates are available for Windows 8 as well as Windows RT platform users.The updates brings lots of new features for the apps.Mainly for the Mail app.
The app now adds the Flagging feature to the Mail app,so now users can Flag the important mails,also the app now allows users to modify(create,delete and rename) the Email folders right through the app.The Messaging app now allow users to directly post messages to their Friends Facebook Wall.The calendar app is now visually improved to allow easy reading with solid blocks gone and the colors are now reflected in a small bar on the left of each appointment.
So head over to the Windows Store and update the Mail Calendar,People and Messaging app to enjoy the latest features and improvements on your Windows 8 and Windows RT device.
It’s been a while since we last updated the Windows Store Statistics for the number of apps available for Windows 8 and Windows RT Platform.Last time we reported almost two months ago when the Windows Store crossed 40,000 apps mark.
Now as per the apps tracking site for Windows Store,MetroStore Scanner,the Windows Store has crossed 50,000 apps in the store (current count being 50304)with close to 35000 apps in the regional store of china which if followed by United Stares store which has almost similar number of apps in the store.
The store was growing at an astounding rate right from the launch of the Windows 8/RT last year,but over the past 2 months the growth rate has fallen considerably with the next 10,000 apps taking almost two months of time to be added to the store.Also there are many apps missing from the store.So it remains to be seen if the developers show interest in the platform in coming future or not.