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In the past, Blackberry announced that their dual-core tablet the Playbook will have the ability to run Android apps. In fact, app developers were given the opportunity to submit their apps to Blackberry’s App World for testing and compatibility. However, since those reports in the recent weeks, we were yet to hear from Blackberry about their expanded application ecosystem. Now, it has all been confirmed.
In Blackberry’s World Conference 2011 in Orlando, Florida, a video was shown that showcased the Playbook’s ability to run apps designed for the Android platform. The apps are shown to run without any problems, regardless of the Blackberry’s OS 6 platform. This presented users a variety of app options that stretches beyond RIMs platform.
The video showed Android menus accessible on the top of the screen. The first app featured on the video was an app that allowed users to play various instruments such as a piano and the drums as well as other features. Another Android app featured was the game of Solitaire. Further through the course of the video, more complicated Android apps such as IMDb (an app all about movies and shows) and Game Center (a popular video game release portal). This proves that the tablet is well capable of running Android apps.
When it comes to the amount of apps ported from the Android Market to Blackberry’s App World, you don’t have to worry about waiting for a long time for these apps to be available. According to Blackberry’s speakers, porting from platform to platform is relatively easy.
This definitely adds more to the appeal of the much awaited Blackberry Playbook. It will allow the tablet’s users to enjoy the popular apps enjoyed by users on Android tablets. The question is, when will this tablet come to the UK? It is expected that the Blackberry Playbook will be available in the UK this summer.
According to reports, the HTC Flyer, the Taiwanese smartphone giant’s first tablet, will come to the UK on the 6th of July. However, with the competition releasing dual-core tablets, the Flyer faces tough competition. Will the tablet attract attention despite its lack of power?
- HTC Flyer
Almost every tablet that has been officially announced is equipped with at least a 1 GHz dual-core processor. Tablets such as the Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 both boast dual-core processing power. Will the Flyer’s 1.5 GHz single-core processor be attractive enough to generate a healthy market share? Furthermore, HTC’s tablet comes pre-installed with Android’s Gingerbread OS, which is specifically designed for smartphones. They clearly didn’t get the memo when the Honeycomb rolled out, which is the standard for Android tablets.
Although HTC will be upgrading the Gingerbread on the Flyer to the Honeycomb soon after the tablet’s launch, the processing power is still a big question. True, the tablet comes with impressive features such as a magic pen (stylus), Sense, a 5 MP camera, a 1.3 MP secondary camera, 1 GB of RAM, and more. The competition still has more to offer. The competition offers more real estate with more than 10 inches of touch screen, the latest software from Google, and more punch from their processors.
The tablet might target the workforce that can use the tablet for signing contracts or receiving deliveries. This is the beauty of the magic pen. It may also specifically target graphic artists who would make better use of the tablet’s stylus. However, it is doubtful that the tablet will attract the common user, not unless it comes with a price tag that is on the cheaper side.
We’re hoping that HTC pulls something out of its sleeve once it rolls out the Flyer’s Honeycomb update soon after the tablet’s release. Otherwise, how will the tablet expect to compete with the competition?
We have heard countless rumors about Sony’s S1 and S2 tablets in the past. Now, they will be officially out this autumn. These tablets will be worthy adversaries for the iPad 2. In fact, we believe that the Android Honeycomb tablets by Sony will have a number of advantages over Apple’s popular slate.
First of all, Sony has a wide range of in-house software at its disposal. No other manufacturer has this much at its disposal as much as Sony. In between Apple’s closed doors and Google’s open source, they have everything that will make the difference in terms of features and capabilities.
What does Sony have that Google does not and makes Apple toss and turn in its sleep? This is Qriocity. This service allows you to stream as much as 6 million tracks on demand. The feature also comes fully integrated with the Qriocity Store, which allows you to purchase music and movies. With Sony as a label, you are sure to have a large variety of choices.
Both tablets will be PlayStation certified just like the XPERIA Play. With dual-core processors, you are sure to have a more hardcore gaming experience that rivals Apple.
iBooks has made the iPad an ideal reader for eBooks. However, with the Reader Store on both the S1 and S2, users will soon take notice and make use of the online book store as an alternative.
The two tablets both come with Bravia and DNLA connectivity. This is one of the tablets’ huge advantages over Apple. They allow you to throw videos on Bravia TVs and even acts like universal controls. When it comes to this feature, iPads capabilities are limited.
Another quality of the S1 and S2 is their unique design. The folded magazine-like and folded design will be appealing to consumers. Apple, on the other hand, has nothing new to offer other than slimness. Sony offers a breath of fresh air.
With Sony, a household name, choosing to power its tablets with the Android Honeycomb OS, this could tip the scales over to Android’s favor.
An October release date may seem too late to you, but it is a clever strategic move by Sony. By this time, the focus on the iPad 2 will have now subsided. This will be the perfect time for the S1 and S2 to snatch sales.
There is no doubt that the Sony tablets will create waves bigger than expected. This is sure to prompt early retaliation by Apple. How they’ll plan to do this is a big question.