It has already been said multiple times that Samsung is going to focus a lot more on tablets next year. The company is expected to release multiple large tablets, as large as 12.2 and 13.3 inches. These tablets are believed to enter mass production later this month, with release expected in early 2014. The latest rumors coming in from Korea suggest that Samsung is planning to adopt metal mesh touch screen panels for its tablets, and that it has already started testing a few panels and aims to complete reliability tests by the end of this month.
Since metal mesh panels have low surface resistance, they bend easily and can be used for flexible displays in tablets. They are also cheaper to produce. These panels would also enable Samsung to bring much better stylus support without needing a dedicated digitizer for deciphering stylus actions. What this means is that the metal mesh panels will allow Samsung to integrate better stylus support in almost all of its tablets, not just the premium models. Eliminating the need for a dedicated digitizer would further reduce costs. Another recent rumor suggests that Samsung might bring back AMOLED displays for tablets next year, but so far the company hasn’t confirmed anything about its tablet plans for next year.
We reported earlier this year that Beats Electronics was working on a new music streaming service. The company intended to launch the service within this year, but that hasn’t happened. Today Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers announced that the service is finally going to be launched in January 2014, a full year after it was first announced back in January 2013. Beats Music is actually a standalone company with its own CEO that falls under the umbrella of Beats Electronics, it has been working with an investment of $60 million to bring the service to the highly competitive music streaming market.
Rogers confirms that the service, initially known as Project Daisy, currently exists as an internal, private beta with access being provided to people “who know and love music.” He also says that access is being provided to artists and other influencers so that they are familiarized with the service, and that they can provide feedback about the service. Changes will be made based on the feedback received. Beats Music will initially be launched in the US next month, today www.beatsmusic.com has gone live. Its a website that lets people reserve usernames so that they don’t get disappointed when the service ultimately launches and the username of their choice has already been taken. If you’re interested in the service, go ahead and reserve your preferred moniker, don’t expect “Dr.Dre” to be available as a username.