Since techies seem to be all about smartphones and tablets lately, the guys from Lenovo have figured out that it would be better to launch their new tablet at the same time with the new Windows 8. The tablet will be called ThinkPad and will be launched in October this year, according to a news report published yesterday by zdnet.com
It is believed that the ThinkPad will be close to a breakthrough, bringing a full W8 experience on tablets. There are even some specs details that Lenovo has made public:
- Processor: Intel Atom (unspecified)
- OS: Windows 8 Pro
- Display: 10.1-inch IPS, 1366×768, optional digitizer/pen
- Ports: miniHDMI, audio, microSD slot, USB 2.0, docking connector
- Sound: stereo, dual-array microphone
- Wireless: Wi-Fi, 3G HSPA+, LTE (AT&T only), Lenovo Mobile Access (pay as you go)
- Connectivity: Optional Tablet 2 keyboard and dock
- Camera: Front 2MP, Rear 8MP
- Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.5 x .39 inches; 1.3 lbs.
The best thing about the tablet is that users will be able to turn it into a kind of mini-notebook. An optional keyboard and a dock will be available for those interested and they will “turn the Tablet 2 into a full desktop system”, says James Kendrick, writer for zdnet.com.
It is not yet known if these tablets can be used as POS systems, but since Apple and other tech magnates are allowing it, there are almost no reasons why Lenovo shouldn’t do it.
When it comes to smart phone OS, only two names are easily remembered– Apple and Android. Competitors like Blackberry and Symbian have drastically reduced their market share to 4.8% and 4.4% respectively.
Both Apple and Android account for 85% of the global market in the second quarter of this year. The mobile OS market that was once contested by several OS has become a two-horse race between Apple and Android. As their dominance penetrates deep into the market, other mobile OS competitors will have a hard time gaining market shares.
These two dominant OS are fast, superb display, and loaded with multimedia features. In this two-horse race, Google’s Android is slightly ahead with a market share of 68.1% of all smart phones in the second quarter. This is because of its price that is well within reach and the popularity of Google, its partner. Another contributing factor is the South Korean electronic giant Samsung that made and shipped 44% of all smart phones using Google’s Android.
A high-stake patent trial is ongoing between Samsung and Apple in the Silicon Valley. Apple accused Samsung of copying features from its iPhone and iPad devices, and is seeking more than $2.5 billion in damages. This is only one of the several court cases around the world involving these two electronic giants in the highly contested technological sector—smart phone and tablet computers.
The Touch2Success view these developments as an opportunity to widen its market in the takeaway software. It has an iPhone application for customers and takeaway owners that is downloadable for free. This application also works on Android and other OS. With more smart phones around, customers can readily connect and order from takeaways that use Touch2success software; and takeaway owners can promote and reach their customers easily by text and email through their smart phones and tablets.
The stiff competition among tablet makers is ongoing. Though Apple dominates the tablet market since April 2010, it is putting the finishing touches on a smaller and cheaper iPad by the end of this year. This is to maintain their dominance of the tablet market as Google and Microsoft are preparing competing hand-held devices. This mini-iPad has a display measuring less than 8 inches and expected to be introduced in October.
This new mini-iPad is designed to compete vis-à-vis with Amazon’s Kindle fire and Google’s new Nexus 7 tablets, and the Surface tablet of Microsoft. However, this Apple’s mini-iPad will not have the high-definition Retina display that’s on the latest iPad Model. It will use a cheaper screen to lower down its price.
Due to the lower pricing its now becoming more feasible for small restaurant owners to use tablet PCs to take customers orders.
As of now , current iPad models have a 9.7 inches display and remain unchanged for several years. Though the competitors such as Kindle Fire don’t come close when it comes to screen resolution or available apps, still Kindle Fire has boosted its popularity due to its price. Another competitor, the Nexus 7 with the latest Google OS.
This new Apple mini-iPad could weaken the foothold of Google, Microsoft, and Amazon in the tablet market. This new Apple device will probably have a price similar or closer to Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and Amazon’s Kindle fire.
This tablet market share competition among its designers is beneficial to takeaway and restaurant owners with online ordering websites. Owners of tablets, whether designed by Apple, Google, or Amazon, can easily access takeaway websites to order and pay for their food online.
Microsoft has unveiled a new mobile operating system called Windows Phone 8. This mobile OS will be closely linked to PCs and tablets running Window 8. These two OS will be launch together this coming fall. Initially, Nokia, Huawei, Samsung, and HTC will make smart phones that will be using and supporting Window Phone 8.
A feature of Window Phone 8 that is of interest to software companies and web developers is its “shared core” with Window 8. This means that apps that work on Windows smart phone will also work on desktop PCs and tablets. This is a big plus for developers; it gives them the opportunity of creating apps that run on both PC and smart phone. This is another challenge for online ordering systems to create apps for Windows Phone 8 as Window has a reputation of having superb compatibility with data, apps, and peripherals.
For restaurants and takeaway with an online ordering system from Touch2Success, you’re Apps for online ordering will work from the word go, letting new Windows Phone 8 users pay online for their takeaway. Plus, your online ordering websites are accessible on this new smart phones using Window Phone 8, by using Bing, as it is the exclusive and only search engine.
Since this a new Microsoft OS, it remains to be seen if it can compete in the smart phone market with Apple’s new phone and Google’s Android version.
As for Google, they will be coming out with a New Nexus 7 Google tablet with the latest Android Jelly Bean OS. It has a 7-inch HD screen .This another challenge and opportunity for online ordering systems to develop apps compatible with the latest Google tablet and its OS.