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]