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Toshiba Android Tablet Launching by October

Tablets are the new thing now-a-days, and it looks like Toshiba is getting ready to launch themselves into the market. And, of course, Android will play a big role in it, too. According to DigiTimes, who are getting their information from particular Taiwan-based manufacturers, Toshiba is getting ready to launch their own tablet, set to hit the shelves no later than this October.

Android Toshiba AC100 MID announced [Video]

Toshiba has announced their first Android-based MID, the Toshiba AC100, a netbook form-factor ultraportable running Android 2.1 on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset.  The 1080p-capable smartbook has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 non-touchscreen display, 8GB of SSD storage and an HDMI output. Toshiba AC100 hands-on: [vms 1adc8a7a835976064a86] In addition to the regular Android apps, Toshiba has loaded their own custom launcher, Opera Mini, Fring and Documents To Go, among others.  Battery life is rated at up to 8hrs runtime - that's with normal use, not leaving the AC100 whirring away to itself on a shelf somewhere - or a full week of standby. Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR as standard, as well as USB 2.0 and an SD card reader, while 3G/WWAN is optional.  No word on pricing at this stage, but the Toshiba will debut in August 2010.  For more on the AC100, check out our first impressions over at SlashGear. Toshiba AC100 promo: [vms 57ab574cf005eb8a7676]

Toshiba AC100-114 Android 2.1 netbook

Sorry for the picture below but it’s the best we have at the moment. For most, this is a welcome change from all the tablet and slate talk. Toshiba has an Android netbook in the works and it is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra chipset. This is a 10-inch netbook that was originally going to ship with Windows 7 now it’s going to be preload with Android.

Google Chrome OS hardware partners named

Hot on the heels of their Chrome OS announcement, Google have revealed a list of the technology companies they are working with to eventually produce devices running the new platform.  Tipped as a partial list, the roster nonetheless includes several names we're familiar with from Open Handset Alliance membership. Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, HP, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Toshiba are all named, though Google says these are "among others".  Notable by their absence are Sony and Dell, as are Samsung; the latter has obviously invested in Android, as it is about to launch the I7500 Galaxy, and has a well-received netbook range. The search giant has also re-confirmed that Google Chrome OS will be a free product for end-users, and made open-source later on in the year.  Actual shipping products based on the OS - which has been described as the Chrome browser sitting within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel - aren't expected until the second-half of 2010.
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