Sharp to launch Android tablets in Japan

Sharp Galapagos Tablet

Japanese electronics maker Sharp has announced the launch of two Android based tablets that are set to launch in December along with an e-book store containing 30,000 titles.  The “Galapagos” as they care called, will come in two sizes, 5.5 and 10.8 inches. They will feature LCD screens and a trackball for one-handed use.

The devices will primarily serve as e-book readers but will also have WIFI capabilities.  An “Automatic Scheduled Delivery Service” will be available for those who wish to subscribe to daily newspapers or publication.  This service will also offer content suggestions based on the user’s purchase history.  Sharp plans to add music, movies and games for the tablets early next year.

The “Galapagos” will only initially be available in Japan but is hoping to enter European and US markets at some point next year.  Sharp is looking to capitalize on the popularity of such gadgets as the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle e-reader.  The device’s main competitor will be the iPad which launched in Japan four months ago.  Sony is also planning a launch of its tablet version in the next coming months.

Sharp is hoping for 1 million users in Japan and will announce the prices for the devices closer to the launch date.

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