T-Mobile offers free data to all US tablet users

US operator T-Mobile USA is offering 200MB of free LTE data each month to tablet users across the States, even if they are not already a T-Mobile subscriber.

US operator T-Mobile USA is offering 200MB of free LTE data each month to tablet users across the States, even if they are not already a T-Mobile subscriber.

Tablet use drives need for small cells, says Weldon

Marcus Weldon, CTO, Alcatel-Lucent

Small cells are a vital part of the future broadband network, Alcatel Lucent corporate CTO Marcus Weldon told delegates at Broadband World Forum in his keynote address. Weldon noted that mobile computing is now the dominant form of computing due to the success of tablets, which introduced just a few years ago, are now processing more data globally than desktop PCs and laptops.

Softbank invests $1.5bn in tablet gaming company

SoftBank/GungHo will assume control of Supercell with 51 per cent ownership

Finnish tablet gaming developer Supercell has announced investment to the tune of $1.5bn from Japanese carrier SoftBank and its mobile gaming vehicle GungHo.

Microsoft renews assault on tablet market

The Surface 2 and Pro 2

Despite its first foray into the tablet market resulting in financial and public relations disaster, Microsoft has taken criticism on board and is having another crack at the market. The Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro will launch in 22 initial markets in late October, bringing Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro to users in tablet form.

BlackBerry loses tablet chief; lays off R&D staff

The PlayBook will not feature in the company's future

The head of BlackBerry’s tablet unit has stepped down for personal reasons just weeks after the PlayBook was effectively put out to pasture.

HP hires MeeGo chief to develop consumer tablets

There’s clearly a leak at HP with another internal memo hitting the wires on Tuesday morning, revealing the company’s plans to resurrect its interest in the mobility space. The memo outlines the creation of HP Mobility, a business unit that will focus on the creation of “consumer tablets”.

RIM announces LTE enabled 4G PlayBook

RIM will release an LTE enabled PlayBook tablet on 9 August

Struggling Canadian smartphone and tablet outfit RIM has announced a 4G LTE enabled version of its PlayBook tablet. The device will go on from 9 August initially in Canada, and will work on the LTE networks of all three local operators, Telus, Bell and Rogers.

Yahoo!: “We ensure that our cross-platform apps are built for mobile first”

Denise Parkinson, entertainment partnerships director, Yahoo!, UK

Denise Parkinson, entertainment partnerships director, Yahoo!, UK, is speaking as part of the Innovate! Track on Day Two of the Broadband World Forum 2012, taking place on the 16 – 18 October 2012 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We catch up with her to get her views on how connected devices are making content providers think differently about how they approach the market.

We need a $50 tablet says Bharti Airtel chairman

Sunil Mittal of Bharti Airtel wants US$50 devices for developing markets

Sunil Mittal, chairman and MD of Bharti Airtel said that India and Africa need a $50 tablet in order to spur adoption of mobile technologies. Speaking at a conference session at MWC, Mittal called on the industry to focus on bringing the cost of smartphones and tablets down to those of feature phones.

Why isn’t the tablet a multi-user device?

Operators will have to fight for tablet retail revenues

Why is it that the tablet – rapidly establishing its position as the fourth screen in the home – isn’t a family friendly, multi-user device? I understand that it’s a personal screen, but it’s not a personal device.

Google launches Chrome browser for Android with no Flash

Google launches Chrome for Android

Google has announced the availability of a beta version of its Chrome web browser for its Android platform. The browser is available on handsets and tablets running the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, and is downloadable via Android Market in select countries and languages.

The young pretenders

Ruslan Kogan

The line up of names listed in the handset vendor rankings looks very different now to how it did a few years ago and may yet change more, with Linux-based operating systems lowering the cost of entry to new players. Ruslan Kogan, founder and CEO of Australian electronic manufacturer, Kogan Technolgies, gives his thoughts on the market as the company prepares to enter the fray with a £119 Android tablet.

Huawei shows off new devices, sets up UK design centre

Huawei's Vision smartphone

Chinese telecoms solutions provider has unveiled two new devices in an attempt to gain a stronger foothold in the smartphone and tablet markets. The firm also announced that it will open a dedicated European design centre for its mobile device business in London in Q1 2012.

Sony unveils Android tablet models

The Sony S and P Android tablets

Japanese electronics firm Sony formally joined the tablet fray this week, with two Android tablets, likely paving the way for a new flurry of lawsuits over form factor.

HP kills mobile devices, buys Autonomy

HP's webOS devices are no more

Software and PC giant HP has unexpectedly killed off its poorly performing webOS mobile devices and announced its exit from the hardware space altogether. Instead the firm will focus on software and services with an eye on cloud computing through the $10bn acquisition of Autonomy.

Days of iPad dominance are numbered

The iPad will be under threat from Android by 2015

Android-based tablets will be neck and neck with the iPad in terms of sales in 2015, with 87 million and 90 million units shifted respectively, according to forecast figures from Informa Telecoms & Media.

Technicolor adds home control & security features to MediaTouch tablet

Technicolor's MediaTouch tablet

Video and entertainment firm Technicolor has launched a Home Control and Security edition of its MediaTouch tablet, developed in partnership with US firm iControl Networks, a specialist in broadband home management solutions.

Sony goes it alone for Android tablets

The Sony S1 and S2

Japanese electronics giant Sony has made a foray into the Android tablet space with two devices devoid of any Ericsson branding. The company has shown off prototypes of the two devices, which will be available in the autumn, but is keeping the development in house rather than through its handset joint venture, Sony Ericsson.

BlackBerry Playbook hits US shelves

The PlayBook launched in the US on Tuesday

Research In Motion (RIM) began its foray into the tablet market late Tuesday, as the BlackBerry Playbook hit shelves in North America. The tablet met with mixed reviews, initially targeted at the large and small enterprise space (much like the original BlackBerry), yet at present lacking full email, calendar and contacts functionality. RIM said a software update is due in a few weeks.

MWC debrief: Devices

TAblet devices are based on ‘lite’ operating systems such as Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android and RIM’s BlackBerry Tablet OS

Informa analyst Gavin Byrne shares his views on the Nokia Microsoft tie up and comments on the prevalence of tablets swamping the market.