Walmart Is Planning to Develop Tablets as the Retailer Makes Moves Into the Tech Industry

It looks like Walmart is planning to start making its own tablets. In a product application with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, the retailer included photos of the device, which will be made by a Chinese supplier and run on Google’s Android operating system, Bloomberg reports.

The tablets will be sold under Walmart’s ONN brand, the photos show. Walmart has not yet released information about the cost of the device or when it will hit stores, but a spokesperson for the retailer confirmed to both Bloomberg and CNBC that “a private brand tablet is in the works.”

Tablet shipments fell 6.2% last year, as the smartphone market continued to grow. The top-selling tablets were Apple’s iPad, followed by Samsung Electronics, and Amazon.com Inc.

Even so, Bloomberg reports that some retailers have successfully developed kid-friendly tablets, that are also more affordable than Apple’s line of iPads. And Walmart hopes to do the same.

The retailer has been making moves into the tech industry, as it focuses on home goods and electronics moving forward. Walmart has nonetheless struggled to develop its image as a more “modern” company, while its biggest competitor Amazon has been an innovative force with its own electronics.

Walmart was represented as a tech company at this year’s South by Southwest conference in Austin with Chief Technology Officer Jeremy King giving a presentation about some of the new technology in its stores, CNBC reports.

“For years now … I’ve wanted people to understand we are building a tech organization,” King told CNBC. “I’ve got a machine learning team. We have some of the best apps in the world.”

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Amazon sale offers rare discounts of up to $50 on Apple’s brand new iPad Pro tablets

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Amazon has been running a killer sale lately on current-generation iPad tablets, and you can still snag one for as low as $ 249. That’s a killer deal indeed, but there’s another sale that just popped up on the site that’s even more noteworthy. Why? Because opportunities to save on Apple’s brand new iPad Pro tablets are few and far between, but you can save up to $ 50 if you buy one today on Amazon. The 64GB version of Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro is currently on sale for $ 759, which is a $ 40 discount from its normal $ 800 price. Or bump it up to the 256GB version of Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro and you can grab one for $ 899.99, a $ 50 discount.

Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) – Space Gray (Latest Model): $ 759.00

Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, Wi-Fi, 256GB) – Space Gray (Latest Model): $ 899.99

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  • 11-inch edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display with ProMotion, True Tone, and wide color
  • A12X Bionic chip with Neural Engine
  • Face ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
  • Four speaker audio with wider stereo sound
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • USB-C connector for charging and accessories

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It’s not quite Black Friday, but there are still plenty of deals to enjoy on this regular Friday. And if you’re in need of a new laptop or tablet, there are plenty of deals available to shop from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and the Dell Store.

There’s a good variety of tablets available this weekend that will serve everyone from the professional to young kids. For the former, there’s the Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Inch 512GB for $ 846.95 that can serve as a nice alternative to a laptop. But if you want to treat your kids, the PBS KIDS Playtime Tablet Android 7.0 is $ 82, offering content that will keep your kids entertained with some light educational material. Read more…

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