Sunday, December 6, 2009

Another New Android Tablet, Another New Android Market

The Camangi WebStation is a new (actually, still pre-order) web tablet running Android 1.5. It looks like a nice machine with a neat UI around a big 7" screen. In looking at the details, though, it seems that it, too, isn't running with the Google add-ons. (Yes, there's a Gmail logo on this screen, but the page showing info on email shows just a browser page.) So, no Android Market. As with the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, Camangi has gone and created their own market: the Camangi Market.
On the plus side, developers take note: If you're one of the first 20 to submit an application, you can win $100 off for the device. At least they're thinking about developers. :)
A new Android device is a good thing. It shows even further support for the platform. However, it is fragmenting the market by creating yet another device with a different specifications and a new market for getting Android apps. Does the good outweigh the bad? Is it really that hard to get the Google add-ons, including Android Market? Will Android Market ever break off from the Google add-ons and provide a really good, cross-device experience for both end-users and developers?

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