Dude, Where's My Android Tablet?
Can you believe we're almost half-way through August already? That means we're almost half-way through Q3 as well. And yet the deluge of Android tablets has yet to arrive. Still there's news this week, some bad, some good, so it seemed like a good time to do a quick roundup of what's been going on.
First off, let's get the bad news out of the way. Remember the Notion Ink Adam? That's the Tegra 2 powered tablet using the Pixel Qi screen that makes it work like a gray-scale e-reader or a color tablet depending on whether or not you turn on the power to the screen. Personally it's one of the Android tablets I'm most looking forward to. It's been delayed a few times already and now we're looking at yet another delay. According to a post at Engadget earlier this week, this delay is being attributed to one of their investors withdrawing its support. Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan assured Engadget that the Adam will still ship by the end of the year, but things aren't sounding good to me. Hopefully Notion Ink really can weather this storm and ship product.
OK let's shake off the gloom and get on to the good news. First, Dell is finally releasing the Streak in the US. I really mean it this time! Dell says it'll be on sale tomorrow. $299 with a two year contract, Android 1.6 and 5" display.
Now a 5" device might not be considered a tablet by some, but if you ask Archos even a device with a 3.2" screen is a tablet! That's the size of the Archos 32 Internet Tablet, an Android device that was leaked a few weeks ago but has now been confirmed via the FCC sharing a few pictures with us. Think of this as an Android 2.1 version of an iPod Touch, priced at around $150. One caveat: we don't yet know if it'll have access to the Android Market. Wireless Goodness has more details on the Archos 32.
Getting back to the bigger stuff, we've got updated news on Samsung's Galaxy Tab. That's the Samsung tablet mentioned in Verizon's game plan that we talked about the other day. It's a 7" tablet running (according to leaks and such, don't consider this anything official) Android 2.2 on a 1.2 Ghz Cortext A8 processor. It has 16 GB of memory and supports both WiFi and 3G. So what's the new news about the Galaxy Tab? It'll be unveiled early next month at IFA Berlin show, according to JoongAng Daily which cites a "high-ranking official" as a source. IFA isn't a closed trade show, so Samsung is comfortable showing the Galaxy Tab to consumers, which implies the device will ship in the very near future.
So finally...FINALLY, we might start seeing some of these Android devices that were first teased last winter at CES. Still missing-in-action, though, is the MSI Tegra 2 tablet that was originally going to ship in June for $500. For that matter, there seemed to be plenty of Tegra 2 devices teased at CES and as far as I know, none of them have shipped yet. I guess there's still more to come in this Android story.
Bonus! Last night Engadget po45sted a story about an upcoming Sony Ericsson PSP-Go-esque phone running Android 3 to be announced as early as October. Now don't hate on me, Android fans, but let's face it: right now if you want to play games on your mobile device, the iPhone is the way to go. As a gamer myself I'm excited at the idea of Google and Sony Ericsson putting some muscle behind gaming on the platform. The bad news is that games for this device might be exclusive to this single handset, which sounds like a recipe for failure to me. Let's hope that part of the rumor turns out to be false.
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