Actually, I’m not even sure I should call it an Alpha.  The folks at Adobe basically hacked together this device to run android so that they can show Air displaying a magazine.  Now.. WHY would someone take a CLEARLY hacked device to a show?  Perhaps because they are so pissed at Apple they were willing to do anything to show Flash running on a tablet?  I would think so.

And it was running.  Its was buggy as all get out, but most of the fail was around the digitizer and display.  I pulled up this website and it rendered fine, including the flash ads. So my impressions?  Ignoring the alpha state of it, I can see the value just as I would with the iPad.  Size is everything.  Having a nice large display that I can directly interact with is a big plus.  And since Android is basically the iPhone / iPad open source, I would expect the same trade offs.  More flexibility in exchange for a smoother user experience.

The fun bit was just how hacked this thing was.  Have a look at the images below. I had to press one of the black buttons on the side just to navigate back!!  Same thing for home!!  And actually, that was kinda cool.  The whole makerfaire feel of it. :)    Anyway, the takeaway here is, yes Virgina, there IS an Android tablet.  But I think we have a number of months more to wait for its ready.

7 comments on “Playing with the Android tablet Alpha

    • Sorry I missed you too. Actually the thing was not working on the wifi so I spent 20 min messing with it till I got it working again. I'm such a geek. The cool part was the flash ads worked perfectly well when I check my site. Hear that Apple?

  • It would be interesting to know to manufactured origin of that tablet. I imagine google supplied it as I cant imagine Adobes into building hardware, but then maybe we will see the "Adobe Creatablet" sooner than we though haha

    • I dont know, I've seen some hacks with Android running on larger screens, but this is the very first time I've seen android in a formal environment. In fact, now that I think about it, this could be the first time we have seen Android in a non test environment. But I could imagine Adobe hacking something together, sure they are not a hardware company, but that does not mean they do not have experience working with beta hardware. But sure, an adobe tablet.. the A-tablet! or A-Slate. :)

    • I dont know, I've seen some hacks with Android running on larger screens, but this is the very first time I've seen android in a formal environment. In fact, now that I think about it, this could be the first time we have seen Android in a non test environment. But I could imagine Adobe hacking something together, sure they are not a hardware company, but that does not mean they do not have experience working with beta hardware. But sure, an adobe tablet.. the A-tablet! or A-Slate. :)

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