ViewSonic gTablet recall prompted by Flash and UI
ViewSonic late Monday explained that the sudden recall of the gTablet was owed to a combination of unfinished software from Adobe and itself. The company has been affected by the same lack of Flash optimization for the Tegra 2 chip and won't have an official option for Flash 10 until late January, when Adobe hopes to have a faster version. Users who still feel they need Flash can download it separately, the company said.
ViewSonic gTablet pulled from Staples
Google and NVIDIA together faced their second setback together in as many months today as a leak on Saturday revealed that Staples was pulling the ViewSonic gTablet from shelves. The Android 2.2 tablet is being shipped away due to a "manufacturing defect" and its display area removed entirely. No indication has been given to the CrunchGear tipster that the gTablet will ever return, and customers seeing this week's flyer will be told that there's no equivalent replacement because of how soon it was brought to market.
Advent Vega Flash yanked without Adobe deal
Advent later on Monday said (PDF) it would pull support for Flash 10.1 from its Vega tablet until early 2011. The decision was made as Flash did "not exhibit the optimal performance" of NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 chip with some Flash sites. Adobe hadn't certified Flash for the Android tablet and needed to optimize it for the Tegra 2 first, Advent said.
Analyst says Samsung buying up Tegra 2 chips
Plans for Samsung devices with Tegra 2 chips gained support today with claims by Citigroup analyst Glen Yeung that Samsung had made a "sizeable order" for NVIDIA's hardware. A request estimated to be worth $250 million to $350 million will see the dual-core processors ship sometime in the first half of 2011. The designs would go across the range and would be "geared for both tablets and smartphones," Yeung said.
Audiovox in-car entertainment includes PS2
Audiovox on Tuesday said it will soon begin offering its VOD10PS2 Mobile Video PlayStation 2 rear-seat entertainment system. The first of its kind product integrates the gaming console into the overhead console that sports a 10.2-inch, 16:9 drop down monitor. There is also a dome light, and all wires are hidden out of sight when the system is installed.