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PocketBook IQ EBookReader Hands-On and Video Review

Looks like Nathan from TheEBookReader has his claws dug in deep on a sweet little number by the name of PocketBook IQ, an Android based tablet/ereader that runs Android 2.0 and will be able to upgrade eventually to 2.2. First, and maybe most important, he lets us know that this particular ereader allows you to install 3rd party apps out of the box, which rocks. On the other hand, this PocketBook IQ does not have direct access to Android Market, which means you'll have to take another couple of steps to get Google-approved applications.

Sharp announces 2 new Android Ereader tablets, named Galapagos

Sharp has officially announced 2 new eReader tablets that it has been working on. The 2 tablets, one “mobile” and one “home”, short for small and big, are code named Galapagos. This is not only the bizarre name of the hardware but also Sharp’s new eBook ecosystem. The home model is a 10.8-inch LCD with a resolution of 1366 x 800, while the mobile version is only 5.5 inches with a 1024 x 600 resolution display. Video demonstration after the cut.

Laputa bringing realistic eBook reading to Android

Ebooks are becoming more and more popular as we move even further into the all digital age. While many argue the experience of reading an actual physical book is far greater than reading it on a mobile device or Kindle, many people have an extensive library of books they like to read and it’s a hassle to carry them around. Solving this, a new eBooks app Laputa, is trying to bring the experience of reading an actual book to Android devices featuring page turning animations and a colorful shelf-like user interface similar to that of Apple’s popular iBooks.

New Features added to NOOK for Android

Barnes & Noble’s popular eBook reader application, NOOK, has received some very appreciated updates with it’s third update in seven weeks of being on the platform. Barnes & Noble has been really receptive of user requests and we can see that in every update as more and more features are added. NOOK also utilizes QuickActions making it one of the first to make use of this element in an Android app.

Barnes & Noble Introduces Nook Wi-Fi

If you’re into eReaders this is double the good news for you. Not only has Barnes & Noble introduced a new version of their Android powered Nook but they have lowered the price of their existing models. And to top it all off, they have added a new update that adds news features and allows you to have free AT&T hotspot service.

Qik, Premium Features Outlined for the EVO

Not too long ago we found out Qik would be charging for “premium features”. This was an additional fee of $4.99 a month. Couple this fee with the 4G and hotspot fee and the EVO was becoming quite an expensive device to own. The good thing is this fee wasn’t mandatory, it just unlocked access to those unnamed premium features.

Acer eBook: Qualcomm MSM7227 Android Tablet

Acer is at it again, just last week when their CEO demonstrated an Acer tablet another one emerges. In the past Acer has said they will not be entering the tablet market but it appears that decision has been overturned. This is the second leak in as many weeks of an Acer branded Android tablet.

Free Android Kindle app coming this Summer

Amazon has confirmed that their Kindle for Android ereader app will be released this summer, offering Android device users the chance to not only read existing titles on their smartphones but to buy them and download them direct to the handset.  The new app will also use Amazon's WhisperNet technology to synchronize all copies of the ebook - whether on a dedicated Kindle, or being read on another Kindle app - up to the last-read point. Amazon currently offer versions of the Kindle app for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and BlackBerry, together with Mac and PC versions.  However not all are integrated with the retailer's ebook store for on-device purchases.  The app itself will be a free download; you can sign up for status updates on its release here. [via SlashGear]

LG Ally Details Galore And a Verizon Pre-Order Date

Some internal documents were leaked recently to the guys over at BGR. These documents contained all sorts of information on the upcoming LG Ally. We now know that it’s coming to Verizon and pre-orders will start this May 13th. This phone will also bring with it a few alterations to Android.
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