Google to launch online store for Android tablets

While Apple is enjoying huge levels of success with the new iPad, Google has recorded dissapointing sales of tablets running Android OS. In order to boost sales Google is reportedly planning to rollout an online store by the end of 2012, the store will sell tablets running Android OS.

According to The Wall Street Journal  the internet search giant’s plans are similar to the short-lived online sales model of the company’s 2010 Nexus One handset only much more similar to the online portion of the Apple Store.

It is not known when the store will officially make its debut, and the sources are unclear as to which Android tablet makers will be taking part in the endeavor.

What do you think, will an online store be able to save the dwindling sales of Android Tablets?

Apple offers free shipping on all purchases made before Dec. 22

Apple Offers Free Shipping On All Items Purchased Through Its Online Store Before Dec. 22

If you are anything like me you will wait until the last minute with completing your Christmas purchases, then this will be great news for you, you can now get free shipping on all items in the Apple online store. The company started the promotion today as part of its Christmas sales push, and it will run until December 22.

You can take advantage of the offer by purchasing goods from Apple’s website, or by using the Apple Store app for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Free delivery is currently only available to those in the U.S., according to Apple’s website. However, it’s possible other territories will get see free shipping soon for the Christmas rush. Thanks to Apple’s signature gift wrapping service (also free!), you can purchase gifts for friends and family via the online store and have them delivered directly to their recipients. Free shipping means you don’t have to worry about how many items you purchase, or how many deliveries you wish to make.

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Apple updates their Apple Store App.

Apple has updated its Apple Store iPhone app. The update incorporates several new features, including an enhanced in-store mode that lets users get help and support quickly when they’re at an Apple Retail Store. The app also allows users to custom-configure a new Mac with build-to-order options (such as more RAM or a larger hard drive).

The Apple Store app is also debuting in many European countries, having previously been limited to the US. The app is a free download.

Apple increases prices in European online stores after VAT increases.

When the Apple store went down earlier today in some of the  European countries,  some speculated this meant a new product launch, but stores in Asia/Pacific and North America remained up all day. It turns out that in at least one country, the UK, something new did debut on the Apple Store today: higher prices, this is most likely due to the fact that VAT was increased in the UK.

As you can see below the prices changed for all products!

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It’s unclear why the other European stores had to be taken down for a UK price hike; if prices have also risen in your country today, leave us a comment below!
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Apple Opens Online Store in China

We are sure millions of Chinese Apple lovers will be happy to hear that Apple has finally opened up their Online Store for customers in China. The store will sell all Apple products including the iPhone 4 and iPad, which recently made their way to China.

Apple also announced that an enhanced App Store for China is also now available. This App Store has localized featured apps, sections, and top charts. The updated App Store is also now available in Simplified Chinese for the first time.

For those interested, we have added the Full press release below:

CUPERTINO, California—October 26, 2010—Apple® today introduced the Apple Store® in China (apple.com.cn), the easiest way to shop online for Apple products including the revolutionary iPhone® 4 and the magical iPad™. Apple’s online store in China features free shipping, free personalized engraving on any iPod® or iPad, and the ability to custom configure any Mac® with just a few clicks. The online Apple Store also offers a wide selection of third-party products and is the only place online to buy the iPod nano® (PRODUCT) RED. “We are thrilled to open our newest online store in China,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s COO. “With personalized engraving, configure-to-order options and free shipping on everything, the Apple Store is a great destination for our customers in China.” Just in time for the holiday shopping season, signature gift wrap is available with the purchase of most Apple products including iPod, iPad and iPhone. The online Apple Store also lets eligible students and faculty members take advantage of special education pricing on Apple products. Also starting today, customers in China can access Apple’s legendary App Store℠ in Simplified Chinese, with localized featured apps and charts of the most popular paid and free apps in China. The App Store offers iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users access to the world’s largest catalog of apps with over 300,000 apps in 20 categories including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.