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JooJoo gets major new UI, Flash support pre-release

updated 06:55 pm EST, Wed March 10, 2010

JooJoo delay leads to new interface

Fusion Garage in an evening update revealed that it has implemented a major revamp of the JooJoo tablet's interface. Taking advantage of the recent delay, the startup has replaced the plain, minimalist interface shown so far with a more stylized look that includes customizable wallpaper and a translucent bar that combines both status and a web address field. Company head Chandra Rathakrishnan added to Engadget that the tablet now uses a simpler interface with single-touch for a virtual mouse pointer and dual-touch for scrolling, both of which should help on sites like Google Maps that recognize a scroll command as a zoom feature.

The keyboard has been given a similar lift and is now smaller relative to the 12-inch display but also movable: it can sit on one side both for one-handed use and to reveal text fields that might otherwise be obscured, such as in an entry form. Besides two-finger scrolling, multi-touch works in the keyboard and lets users press more than one key at the same time, a trick that Apple and others use to speed up typing.

Flash now has reportedly been properly implemented and supports either in-browser viewing or a dedicated viewer that invokes hardware acceleration; hardware in-browser is still waiting on the finished release of Flash 10.1. The viewer recognizes YouTube-friendly H.264 videos and other formats, and will also play supported formats from a USB drive.

The hardware largely remains the same $499 device promised earlier and is a series of trade-offs versus the same-price iPad. While it only has 4GB of storage and is limited to viewing web apps, the JooJoo's larger screen and 1080p video support are advantages over the 720p-maximum Apple device. Fusion Garage has noted that it's changing the color of the tablet from black to a much lighter champagne. Barring any extra delays, the JooJoo should ship on March 25th.





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  1. ScottG

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    0

    DEAD Already?

    I think this is a Dead Product already, right out of the gate.

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009

    +2

    @ DEAD Already?


    Isn't that what they said about the iPad? Wasn't the iPad hailed as an epic fail? All the Apple heads don't seem to think so.

    Like the iPad, let's wait until they release this JooJoo tablet thing and see how this performs. Each device has it's hits and misses. Not one device is suitable for everyone.

  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008

    +5

    I'd say this product has a far better chance than

    the HP Slate. I'd like to see how this product is going to be distributed to consumers. Will it also have a fair amount of downloadable content and customer support? I wouldn't dismiss this product that easily. I'd also need to see how well consumers would take to it. It does seem rather short on memory, though, I've heard it has a USB port for possible external storage. It seems to be rather tight to store 1080p videos on-board, but it should be effective enough for storing books, internet browsing and video streaming.

    Judging products before using them is wrongful criticism. Let's see what the consumers think. For $499, I'd think the iPad has an advantage of memory and of course, downloadable apps and content.

  1. Feynman

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    Joined: Aug 2006

    +3

    Interesting to note...

    ....that all of the applications listed on the above OS are merely just web apps and not full on applications like the iPhone has. A dead platform, in my opinion.

  1. chas_m

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +2

    Competition is good.

    At that price point, like it or not this thing is competition to the iPad. The photos that accompany the article look interesting, the interface looks better than anything I've seen MS produce so far, and 1080p and flash are (apparently) terribly important to some people (not me).

    I do think the JooJoo has some serious flaws, first of all the name, second the web-apps-only problem (which perhaps they'll fix later), third the CRAZY idea to change the colour from black to "champagne" (read: metallic beige!) and fourth is holy c*** that keyboard looks HORRIBLE and fifth is what will undoubtedly prove to be sucktastic battery life (though maybe when 10.1 finally REALLY comes out that won't be as big a problem).

    But hey, you know, others are trying. That's a good thing. We want Apple to stay on their toes, we want them to know that there are other "app stores" if they tighten their grip on devs too much, we want them to know that certain features are valued by a sizable enough market that they should have them as well.

    If JooJoo can somehow avoid being sued by Apple for patent/IP violations, they may very well find their niche. Even though I find the flaws serious enough to rule it out for me, it's a VERY commendable effort that really puts what I've seen of the Slate to shame.

  1. slider

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Oct 1999

    +2

    Well Now

    That interface is a real improvement over what the previous version had. I think that if the iPad was not announced, this thing might have had a shot at $500. But maybe not with the android devices we are sure to see this year. Things as they are, their best bet would be to try to sell this for $300, though I doubt it would make a difference. Content is King folks - true for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. h***, think about the Apple II vs. IBM ads of the '80s illustrating the difference between the number of software titles. There is also the question about running Android instead of their own OS, but honestly, I think the JooJoo would just get lost in all the other similar tablets we're likely to see in the wake of the iPad. One other thing that might brighten JooJoo's future is if they partnered with a large company like Verizon or even Amazon. My guess is that this is unlikely as general tablet designs are a dime a dozen (based on the dozens of concept tablets seen at CES).

    I cringe a little when I read Chandra touting "1080p" and "Flash" as the major selling points - it's just reaching. Yes, the JooJoo has a little more screen real estate, but this comes down to application - is Apple's 10" screen too small for such a device - is the JooJoo's 12" too big?

    The original "CrunchPad" was a good idea. A home tablet for browsing the web and using web apps for $300. There was nothing really like this when they started working on this (though the Apple Tablet rumor had been there since at least 2006). h***, if they could have released this thing at the at the $300 last fall they might at least have had a foothold. But today, the iPad can do all of that, plus so much more including already running the iPhone/iPod Touch apps you already own and for the same price.

  1. Tofino

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    Joined: Apr 2005

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    2009

    product of the year! lol

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/upgrade/4332415.html

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