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GameStop plans to sell Nexus 7, starts taking Android tablet trade-ins

Posted by wicked June - 29 - 2012 - Friday Comments Off

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Google’s Andy Rubin suggested the Nexus 7 would reach third-party US stores eventually — we just didn’t think it would be this quickly. GameStop says it’s taking pre-orders for the 16GB version of the Android 4.1 tablet starting today. At $249, it will cost exactly what it does in its currently exclusive Google Play home; in other words, one of the parties involved could be taking a voluntary hit on the already razor-thin profit margins. The 7-inch slate should be arriving roughly at the same mid-July timeframe as it is for those ordering straight from the Google source.

It wouldn’t be GameStop if there weren’t trade-ins involved, and sure enough, the game retailer is using the Nexus 7 as the lure. Confirming an earlier leak, the chain is now accepting Android tablet trade-ins worth up to $200 in cash (or $250 in store credit) depending on how pristine the hardware is coming into the store. Play your cards right, and you’re very nearly getting the Google-blessed tablet for free. As an extra incentive, any gear whose exchange goes directly towards buying the Nexus 7 will get a 30 percent boost in value. Knowing the buzz surrounding the price-to-performance ratio of the ASUS-made Nexus, we won’t be surprised if GameStop suddenly faces a glut of older Android tablets in its backrooms.

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Android is Taking Over the World – Buyers Search For the Green Robot

Posted by wicked September - 29 - 2011 - Thursday Comments Off

Back in March of 2008, Android held only 8% of the smartphone marketshare. The clear majority was under the control of Apple with their iOS. By Q4 of 2010, Android, iOS, and RIM had a 3-way tie for first place in that same market. Now, the little green robot has turned the tables and flipped the smartphone OS market shares upside down.

Smartphone OS Market Share

Just 3 days ago, Nielsen released a blog post containing a survey taken from August of this year. The data shows that 43% of all smartphones are powered by Android. Although that is a clear majority, the even more intriguing number lies within new smartphone buyers. According to Nielsen, over the past three months, 56% of new smartphone owners chose an Android device. Even with the highly awaited iPhone 5 on the horizon, customers have chosen to ride with the little green robot.

Another fascinating number from this survey reveals the true rise in smartphones. In the past 3 months, 56% of people who purchased a new phone bought a smartphone instead of a basic feature phone. With the holiday season just around the corner, we could see smartphone manufacturers pushing out sweet goodies for us. Whoever said that smartphones are killing us could soon be singing a different song.

Smartphones vs. Feature Phones

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If you’re a sucker for juicy handset rumors, then this one’s for you. A few months ago, a supposed Samsung roadmap leaked, revealing a slew of new Android, Bada and WP7 handsets on the horizon. Today, a picture purporting to be one of those phones, the GT-19220 (W43) surfaced, complete with some specs to further grease the rumor mill. Word on the web says that the Sammy will have a 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED Plus display that measures in at 5.29 inches diagonally — even bigger than the 5-inch Dell Streak tablet. If our observational geometry is right, we’d say that screen size is probably pretty accurate. Rather than taking tablet status like the Dell, however, it seems bound to be the Galaxy S II’s big brother, as sources claim it’s running Gingerbread with a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and packs an 8 megapixel camera. Of course, these specs can’t be officially confirmed until the phone is launched, but it’s safe to say it’s likely a part of the Android army taking on the iPhone 5 this fall.

Update: Alas, as many of you have pointed out in comments, there’s not a lot of truth to this story. First, both devices you’re seeing above appear to actually be PMPs, not phones — the Galaxy S players we’ve seen before. Secondly, we’re hearing the actual name of this supposed smartphone is GT-i9220, not 19220.

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