updated 05:30 pm EDT, Fri August 6, 2010
Rocketfish tablet should pack Android for cheap
Best Buy is hoping to jump on the tablet bandwagon with a device of its own, the company's CTO Robert Stephens has teased. The design is an empty shell at present but when finished would carry the Rocketfish badge applied to many of its in-house computer peripherals. Stephens had previously said that a future tablet would use Android 2.2, and in shots showed that the tablet would be smaller than the iPad it's targeted against.
The executive didn't say when the tablet would ship or how much it would cost, but the lack of a working prototype implied it was months away. Rocketfish, Insignia and other in-house brands often focus on low-cost models.
Retailers have been signaling a greater intent to have at least one tablet as a cheaper alternative to the iPad following Apple's runaway success in the category. Few have options immediately on the market, but a $150 Augen tablet at Kmart has garnered an unusual amount of attention and controversy for using a bootlegged copy of Android. [via CrunchGear]