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JooJoo tablet getting app store, in full production

updated 09:45 pm EST, Wed February 3, 2010

Fusion Garage to emulate Apple model

Fusion Garage tonight says it will bolster the JooJoo tablet's competitiveness against the iPad by giving it an app store. Chief executive Chandra Rathakrishnan explains that while the 12-inch tablet is based on the web, his company will create a virtual app store that will organize and streamline accessing some sites, including those optimized just for the JooJoo. Fusion Garage has its own API to get access to the GPU and other hardware through the web, the CEO says.

The tablet is known to support desktop-level Adobe Flash, although in previous reports it's been noted that HD video support is currently possible only through a separate app. This may change once the final version of Flash 10.1 ships and enables hardware acceleration for in-browser video.

Rathakrishnan has also taken the opportunity to attack the iPad, oddly claiming that Apple's device is an "imitation" despite not knowing when the larger company had started development. He also suspects that the $499 price and Apple's description of the iPad as "magical" are also tributes to the JooJoo, whose name reportedly means the same thing in an unspecified African language.

The JooJoo shares a similar form factor with the iPad but follows a very different philosophy than its counterpart. It uses a conventional Intel Atom and has just 4GB of flash since it boots directly to its web browser; its screen is larger at 12 inches and is sharper, at 720p. Apple uses a custom ARM processor and a 9.7-inch 1024x768 screen; it carries a minimum of 16GB of flash as it supports offline content such as native apps and local music. [via Gizmodo]

by MacNN Staff



  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Doing 720P has _NOTHING_ to do with how sharp it is.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Some Apple haters will be praising the JooJoo

    because it has a bigger screen even though they claim the iPad is too big to fit in their pockets. It should be a tad heavier also. Maybe about 1.8 lbs. That should be a handful for the weak nerds to carry. 4GBs is a rather small amount of memory, but I guess it must have an expansion port for external flash.

    I wonder who's going to give customer support to the JooJoo. Bring it in to your friendly Best Buy retailer for repairs. Still, it's good that there'll be another tablet to make the tablet market larger. I really thought the JooJoo would be vaporware, but I guessed wrong.

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    App store

    It's not the presence of an App store per se that makes the iPad appealing but rather that it has close to 200,000 titles - JooJoo's store will have less than a handful in comparison.

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Given that the JooJoo came from a project based around people's ideas of what an Apple tablet might be, it's an interesting notion of imitation.

    The big question for their App store is what the programming language and frameworks and tools are - Apple's strength here is that they have a strong background in developing frameworks (generally to support their own software, and then opening them as public once they have stabilised).

    Microsoft equally have the background in developing tools for third parties - although their focus is more on developer tools (Visual Studio) and developer relationships - they court developers more than Apple do. But in contrast, they don't actually use their own tools so much (MS Office is not developed in the C#/.NET they recommend to developers).

    In both cases, you're talking decades of experience, and millions of dollars of investment in tools and documentation.

    Flash is a possible option, as is Qt, but it will be interesting to see if developers are interested in what is going to be a minority device behind the iPhoneOS and Android platforms.

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    1024 x 768 is much higher-resolution than 720p! (The 720 means 720 pixels wide!)

  1. boris_cleto

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Actual resolution

    What is the actual resolution of the screen, 1280x720? 1280x768?

  1. juanm105

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPad Processor

    You state "Apple uses a custom ARM processor"

    Apple uses its own A4 processor. There is no indication that this was produced or designed by ARM but there are statements that it is an Apple produced processor.

  1. mskati

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not really an app store...

    ...more like a portal. It will just have links to some web sites that are optimized for the Joojoo. The next decade will be interesting to watch. The Google model - content is free, make your money through ads, vs the Apple model - pay directly for content, which is mostly ad-free. It seems to me that the Google model is killing journalism, while the Apple model has allowed music to stabilize with a new, somewhat lower revenue stream. Don't get me wrong, I like free content, but I don't really think an ad supported model is going to work for books or newspapers.

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Apple as part of its iPad introduction revealed its first self-produced processor, the A4. The ARM-based chip is made by the company's PA Semi team and incorporates a graphics core and memory controller into the main processor. Most details are still unclear, but it runs at 1GHz and is particularly power-efficient: Apple estimates 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing or video and a full month of standby."

  1. aardman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    Welcome Joojoo. Zune, Cowon, Archos and all the rest await you in the pantheon of marginalized products.

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