A video of the new Acer Android tablet has appeared on YouTube, subsequently taken off and then posted again.
The Acer tablet is said to be a 10-inch Acer tablet running on an Nvidia dual core Tegra 2 chipset. Since the first video, many more have sprung up as well.
Acer is at the same time developing custom Android apps such as an e-reader cum photo viewer that uses a gyroscope sensor for page turns and allows the user to zoom in and out of the image by sliding a finger vertically on the screen, similar to what one would do to scroll. Some other custom apps also appeared in the YouTube video. Related: Acer tablets in 2011
These functions, particularly the page-flipping action, don’t seem to be flawless, and unless it is possible to control the gyroscope’s sensitivity just for flipping pages, it seems doubtful whether this auto page turning capability will be of any particular use.
However, at a recent demonstration hosted by Acer, its tablets seemed to be running on Android 2.2 Froyo, and it is highly likely that the ones to be released subsequently will be based on Android 3.0 OS. Android 3.0 or Honeycomb is especially designed for tablets and is scheduled to be released at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. Also see: Acer 4.8-inch Android superphone
Acer is also putting finishing touches on a 7-inch tablet with a 1280 x 800 pixels display resolution and a dual core processor. There is also a smaller version of this tablet, with a 4.8-inch screen and pixel resolution of 1280 x 480. All of these Acer tablets are to be available by April, powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 chipsets. Tegra 2 chipsets have 2 ARM Cortex A9 cores and separate processing cores for decoding video, processing audio, etc. This would give tablets the kind of power that laptops usually have.
The tablet market is currently dominated by Apple’s iPad. The only other device that can reasonably be called a competitor is Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, which uses Android. Google’s Android OS has so far been made for smartphones rather than for tablets, so with the launch of Honeycomb, the tablet market is expected to change.
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