Young adults aged 18 to 30 years old now prefer smartphones over laptops, according to a survey conducted by the research unit of tech giant Cisco. The California-based company surveyed 1,800 university students online across 18 countries, with 100 respondents per country, and asked the question, “If you had to choose just one device to own, which would it be?”
The research reveals that in four countries – including the U.S. – the smartphone was preferred by the respondents, while in the remaining 14 countries, the laptop was preferred over the smartphone but only by a small margin. On a whole, thirty-seven percent of the respondents preferred laptops, while smartphones came in second at 32%. Tablets came in last at 11% while desktop computers followed smartphones at 16%.
Experts at Cisco attribute the popularity of the smartphone to its convenience, and constantly evolving technology which keeps users connected. However, not all countries showed that the powerful handheld mobile devices are reigning. In Poland, only 11% of the respondents preferred the smartphone.
October has turned out to be a pretty busy month for many tech companies, with product launches right and left. After introducing the iPhone 5, Apple also took the time last week to debut the iPad mini. Microsoft also launched the new Windows 8 operating system, and along with, a number of new devices – including an upgraded Windows 8-based smartphone, and the Surface tablet – that will work with the latest ecosystem. Samsung, despite losing a billion dollar patent-infringement case to Apple, is already prepared to launch the Galaxy S4 a mere months after it debuted the S3.
Now, Internet-giant Google is ready to take its turn in the spotlight. Although the company has cancelled the event in New York City where it planned to launch its new devices due to Hurricane Sandy, it also announced the arrival of a new Nexus smartphone, and tablet. Google said the latest devices will be using the Android 4.2 operating system more popularly known as Jelly Bean.
According to Google, the 4.7-inch Nexus smartphone was built in partnership with LG. Aside from running on the latest Android OS, the Nexus 4 smartphone is also equipped with a new keyboard, as well as wireless charging features. The device also features Miracast – a wireless streaming technology which allows the device to stream movies directly to HD TV’s.
On the other hand, the Nexus 10 tablet, which was made with Samsung, features the highest resolution for a tablet yet at 2560-by-1600 pixel. Equipped with a 5MP rear camera and a 1.9 MP front camera, the Nexus 10 runs on dual-core Cortex-A15 processor, and gives nine hours of video playback, and 500 hours of standby time.
Price range for the Nexus smartphone is $299 for the 8GB version and $349 for 16GB. The Nexus 10 tablet on the other hand will cost $399 for the 16GB version and $499 for the 32GB version.
Is Apple planning to steal Microsoft’s spotlight?
The Redmond-based tech giant is scheduled for a historic launch of the Windows 8 and the Surface tablet-device on Friday but Apple is already set to announce tomorrow the iPad mini which could possibly take the attention away from Microsoft.
According to experts, Apple is set to introduced the smaller, and cheaper iPad tablet tomorrow. Some expect the new device to be priced below $500 and could go as low as $250. At half-the size of the original iPad, Apple is looking into biting the market share competitor Microsoft hopes to tap with its Surface tablet. Based on market research, devices, in particular tablet computers, priced around $300 do well in terms of sales.
On the other hand, software giant Microsoft, is spending over a billion dollars in what is billed as its “most important and historic” launch since the introduction of the Windows 95. The company is also launching the Surface tablet, priced between $559 to $789, which is equipped with 64GB worth of storage, a 10.6-inch screen which uses Microsoft’s ClearType HD display technology. It will also feature two-kinds of keyboards – the Type Cover with physical keys, and the pressure-sensitive Touch Cover – both of which connect to the Surface via magnetic strips.
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