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Huawei Beats Samsung on Tablet Market, Now Second Placed After Apple

By Radu Iorga

The tablet market has registered a shift in power over the last quarter, as Huawei replaced Samsung as the second most prolific tablet maker. Apple remains top dog, but Huawei is closing in, having already beaten the Cupertino giant in the smartphone wars.

The latest Digitimes Research estimates show that the latest iPad Mini and iPad Air models have boosted the entire tablet market out of its coma. 37.15 million slates have been sold globally between January and March 2019. Apple has the lion’s share of the sales, of course. The iPads sold 25.8% of all tablets in 2018 and early 2019 is said to have boosted the numbers.

Huawei’s MediaPad lineup has also grown quite a bit, even though the global tablet shipments shrunk compared to Q4 2018 by 12.9%. Another year on year decline is expected in Q2 2019. Interestingly, Huawei was placed fourth in the tablet market in Q4 2018 and now it jumps to second. Microsoft also jumped from sixth to fifth place, beating Lenovo.

Amazon was number four, registering shipment decreases in Q1 and expecting a similar turnout for Q2 2019. We’re still waiting on figures for Q1 2019, since all we have are estimates. In the meantime we learn that Qualcomm beat Mediatek as the number 2 supplier of CPUs for tablets in the past 3 months.

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“You’re Holding It Wrong” Is Back, Now With Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e Problems

By Radu Iorga

Remember the time when Steve Jobs told the world that they were holding an iPhone wrong, instead of admitting it had signal problems? Now Samsung has a similar case with the Galaxy Tab S5e slate. Let’s find out what’s wrong.

This isn’t a singular case for Samsung, that had problems with the Galaxy Fold recently and its screen, plus the Galaxy S10 5G, which failed to connect to some networks in South Korea. Samsung Galaxy Tab S10e, if held in a certain way makes the WiFi shut down, because of a design flaw. Users have started complaining about the fact that the tablet can’t connect to WiFi properly, on account of the integrated receiver being located in the lower left side of the device.

This means that when you’re holding the device horizontally, with the front camera pointed to the left, your finger could block the WiFi signal, so you won’t be able to connect to the Internet properly. When total disconnection doesn’t happen, there’s still a pretty major signal drop. Since it’s a design flaw, there’s no way to issue a software update to fix it, you just have to hold the tablet in a certain way.

This means you have to hold the slate with the front camera to the right instead of left. There’s no problem with vertical orientation, but who’s holding the tablet like that anyway? Users with problems have demanded a replacement tablet, but that won’t fix the underlying issue. This could be one of the sacrifices associated to making such an ultraslim device.

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Samsung Galaxy View 2, the Giant 17.5 inch Tablet Shows Up in Renders Before Launch

By Claudiu Sima

Samsung Galaxy View 2

At the end of January, we discovered a GeekBench listing of a giant tablet prepared by Samsung, called the Galaxy View 2, a 17.5-inch screen device with a mid-range hardware package. Now a few months further, we get to see a couple of leaked renders of the device that brings a dedicated kickstand.

Although of low resolution, these images allow us to see how the tablet looks from the design point of view. We have generous edges around the screen and the kickstand that allows the device to be used in different angles.

We no longer have a handle like the first 18.4-inch Galaxy View, probably due to the diagonal drop that has helped transport the device. Based on information previously seen online, we know that the tablet comes with just 3 GB of RAM and a Exynos 7885 mid-range processor.

Samsung Galaxy View 2

Samsung may launch Galaxy View 2 in both Wi-Fi Only and one version equipped with 4G LTE support. The pictures here are listed April 26, probably the day the tablet will be officially announced!

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New Samsung Patent Hints at Rollable Device, Truly Rollable This Time

By Radu Iorga

We’ve heard about scroll-like tablets and rollable devices before, but this one really seems like the real deal. There’s a new Samsung patent coming up online and showing us an “extremely rollable portable device”. Let’s check it out.

91mobiles.com is the source of the leak, that goes beyond the usual “bigger Galaxy Fold” models. We already knew that Samsung was working on larger diagonal foldables, to be honest. The new patent shows a device that can be rolled like a yoga mat or piece of dough. This design patent is straight out of the USPTO database.

It’s dubbed “Rollable Display Device” and it belongs to the Samsung Display subsidiary. This set of documents and sketches was filed with the USPTO back in August 2017. The odd thing about it is the large number of hinges present, no less than 20 of them. There’s a single flexible display here, combined with several hinges, that are placed at shorter distances compared to other previous patents and foldables.

 

This is a very flexible device, that can change multiple formats, going from tablet to laptop, phone and more. It has a screen at the front and one at the back, The patent also mentions several supports inside the device, connected via rotatable hinges. The hardware inside is connected to a flexible circuit board and a special sealant holds everything together. This is not the type of device we’re going to see anytime soon.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Starts Getting Updated to Android 9.0 Pie; Here’s What’s New

By Radu Iorga

Believe it or not, one of the best Android tablets around, the Galaxy Tab S4 had yet to get updated to Android 9.0 Pie. Well, that changed this week, when the device got updated to Android Pie, first in the WiFi version and then in the LTE one.

Verizon published the changelog for the update and it seems that it’s all going down in the USA. New features include obviously One UI, with a fresh interface and an improved Camera UX. There’s also fresh functionality like Adaptive Battery, Digital Wellbeing and Night Mode. Android 9.0 Pie started reaching the tablet a few weeks ago, but only internationally, not in USA.

The latest security patches are also part of the update, just so you know. It’s quite a large piece of software, at 1.5 GB of space, so you need to free up some storage on the device. Here’s the official changelog, straight out of the Samsung website:

One UI
– Content, settings, and other information have been reorganized to keep you focused on the task at hand.
– Interactive elements have been moved to the bottom of the screen so they’re always within reach.
– New designs and features such as Night mode help keep your eyes comfortable.

Notifications
– You can reply to messages directly in the notification panel.
– Image thumbnails are included in message notifications.
– In an app’s notification settings, tap the switch once to turn on or off all the notifications in a category.

Samsung Keyboard
– New Unicode 11.0 emojis are available.
– New adaptive theme changes your keyboard look based on the colors of the surrounding app.
– Floating keyboard is available in all apps and has new size and transparency settings.
– You can set a custom touch and hold delay.

Device care (formerly Device maintenance)
– Performance modes are streamlined and integrated into power saving modes.

Settings
– Menus have been reorganized to make settings easier to find.

Bixby also got updated and new photo editing tools have been added to the Gallery and a big novelty is also the HEIF file support. You will probably also need to update some of the native apps individually.

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