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Many Tablet Computers being sold right now do not have access to the Google Android Market, leaving many people high and dry  when it comes to getting different applications on their device. At Good e-Reader we often write about a whole slew of tablets that come out and come pre-loaded with only the bare essentials and many people lament at missed opportunities. Only a few different tablets that have been released this year have access to the market, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but they come at a higher price.

If you have a Archos, Pocketbook, Augen Gentouch or Pandigital tablets most often you are stuck with the stock applications that are bundled with your device, not knowing their are alternatives to the Google Android Market to get your apps.

Now many of these Google Market alternatives do not have the wide selection of the applications that the full market has, but some even have far superior category and enhanced search features to find quality apps.

We have put together a short list of the best Google Android Market Alternative and offered advice on application ‘must haves’ if you have particular tablets or e-readers.

Slide Me

Slide me is one of the well structured and best put together alternative to the Google Android Market. They have a free APK that you can download to your tablet, or phone that will allow you to browse and straight up install applications.

SlideMe, which launched in April 2008, doesn’t take a cut of the revenue from app sales. When apps are sold through its store, SlideMe subtracts a payment-processing fee required by the credit card company and lets developers keep the rest.

Instead, from gauging developer sales to make money SlideMe makes money by licensing its entire app store to gadget manufacturers. That also means SlideMe’s app store will come pre-loaded on a phone similar to Google’s Android Market. Recently they signed a deal with Vodafone Egypt to pre-load its app store on the HTC Magic, and have signed other deals in the Middle East.

Developers don’t have to make any changes to their apps intended for the Google Android Market before they list it on SlideMe, which makes it a strong viable contender to the Google Android Market.

With Slide me, you can browse applications by category, see screenshots, preview applications, donate to developers, recommend apps to others and has a solid popular and genre application categories.

The First thing you want to do is download their market APK and then browse around for applications. Most tablets do not have compatiblity to get Youtube videos right in the web browser, so the first thing you want to do is download the Dolphin HD Web Browser so you can pinch and zoom while you browse if your tablet supports it. If you have a Pandigital Novel 7 inch or 9 inch e-reader by default you can’t watch Youtube videos via the web browser. So next you want to download YouTube search so you can easily watch videos and search for them directly in your browser.

Androidpit

Boasts around 1700 applications right now,  has a intuitive application you can download does not have many e-reading applications but you can easily get your hands on Tweetdeck, eBuddy and other popular Android Applications.

They also report on news and have a bustling forum.

Andappstore

andappstore has been around since 2009 and has a growing library of application numbering in the thousands. Their application has most common games and applications including Angry Birds. Its searching feature too is a bit robust, but it does not have many e-reading applications, except for Aldiko.

This Alternative to the Android market pays developers 100% of royalties so it is a viable way for people to make money, they have a number of games and excel in their application department. They have Documents to Go and many other essential applications.

Appslib

Appslib is Archos answer to the Google Marketplace for Android applications, they only support Archos Tablets, so everyone else you are out of luck. You can download the application direct to your PC here.

This is actually a great marketplace with the intention of all of the applications are viable for tablets, since that is the companies speciality. It has over 2000 free applications and paid ones as well.

They have all of the essential games and applications, such as Facebook, Twitter, eBuddy and Angrybirds! It sure is not no Google Android Market with over 200,000 applications, but most of these applications run fine on the Archos.

Applications

If you have a tablet with the intention of using it as an e-reader, here are a few must have applications you want to download to your computer and then to your tablet. Remember some tablets need you to copy the files to your SD Card, if your tablet allows you to copy it directly to the tablet itself, all the better. Once you copy an application in APK format to your SD card or tablet, you want to use the application ES File Explorer or whatever File Manager application came with your Tablet Computer that allows you to browse and execute content. Click on the title of the app to download the APK to your PC.

eBook Readers

Multimedia

Communication Apps

System Utilities

And there you have it folks! If your new tablet computer did not come with the Google Android Market do not despair! Their are plenty of app market alternatives out there, and we hope you found our direct list of applications ease your journey into the land of e-reading! Also if we missed a popular e-Reading application or a really good Google Android Market Alternative, give us your thoughts.

Having set things straight in its home market, which includes the launch of the Galapagos line of tablets followed by the launch of the Galapagos content service involving tie ups with e-book and online magazine publishers, the Japanese electronics powerhouse now seems to be in expansion mode. And in lieu to this, Sharp has announced it will soon be reaching American shores with the Galapagos tablet in both the 5 and 10 inch configurations.

We have already caught up with the two tablets reaching the FCC sometime ago which means it won’t be too long before we will see the two Android tablet invading the market scene in the US. Sharp also plans to strike up partnerships with digital content providers where the content will be made available in the EPUB file format.

As for the two tablets, both the Galapagos in the 5.5 and 10.18 inch format look stunning to say the least. Display resolution is also another strong point with the Galapagos with the 5.5 inch Galapagos sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels while its elder brethren sporting an even higher 1366 x 800 pixel display. Also, the tablet’s in their US specific configuration will come equipped with 3G while the same in their domestic market only include Wi-Fi connectivity.

However, there is no information as when the tablet will be eventually launched or what they will be priced at. However, what’s known is that the company has drawn up plans to next enter the Chinese and Indian markets with the Galapagos tablet along with a host of other countries as well.

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LG tablet

We all know that 2010 was the year of the e-reader and 2011 is set to be the year tablet Computers really hit their stride. 2010 has seen a few quality offerings in the tablet department by Samsung and Apple. Most others lack in hardware or Android Market support. However, 2011 sees LG gearing up for a higher end tablet with a 8.9 inch screen.

The Korea Times is reporting that LG initially was going to release a new tablet this year, but decided to wait on the more tablet friendly operating system, Honeycomb.

LG is the smaller of the big Korean companies and experienced a miserable 2010. It failed to capitalize on the high end smartphone market and made no noise at all in the tablet or e-reader arena.

Other companies looking to unveil their tablets at CES include Microsoft (which is planning a slew of Windows-based devices built by manufacturing partners like Samsung and Dell), Hewlett Packard, and Motorola.

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Welcome to another Good e-Reader video! In this video we unbox the brand new Pandigital Novel 9 Inch e-Reader. You get to see everything that comes in the box, such as power adapters and USB cables! We also power it on for the first time and show you what to expect from a boot sequence.

In this video we unboxed the American version of the Pandigital Novel 9 inch, which has the Barnes and Noble app bundled with it. The Canadian version has the Kobo eBook Store.

Look out for our full review of this new e-reader, as well as a video review.


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Whatever might be the reason, the Apple iPad does not come with a screen that measures a full 10 inches. Instead, it measures a quite odd 9.7 inches. While there has been no dearth of tablets running Android and each trying to outclass the Apple tablet, most of them have been in the 7 and 10 inch size categories, with perhaps none in the exact 9.7 inch category, again for a reason perhaps best known to the manufacturers.

Finally someone has decided to compete with Apple in the 9.7 inch category. A tablet running Android sports a display that measures an exact 9.7 inches. It is the Woori Pad that has its origin in Korea, the part of the world that has gifted us with the brilliant Samsung Galaxy Tab and a new device from LG also in the pipeline.

As for the tablet itself, the Woori Pad includes a 1 GHz processor and runs the Android 2.2 Froyo. The tablet will feature either a 16 or 32 GB internal memory, though of course there is also a microSDHC card slot that will let you expand your storage options even more. Lastly, as for the tablet’s looks, while the demo unit does look cool with its purple border, the Woori Pad as a whole does not look like a beauty contest winner.

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Notion Ink founder Rohan Shravan has come up with a new video in the company blog and this time, it is the Leaves that is getting the focus – something that the company describes as an “app instance that does the basic tasks”. Or to put it in simple terms, Leaves will allow the user to do a lot of things at the same time while ensuring performance remains within acceptable limits.

The newest video is all about what the Adam outputs via its HDMI port. This has been recorded and produced for the new video. However, if you are worried about such aspects such as colors being a bit too saturated or a few frames getting skipped while minimizing the Leaves, well, Rohan has promised an exhaustive explanation in his next post.

Further, what has also been emphasized is that the videos that are being released now are not the production quality ones, which will be unveiled at the upcoming CES. Plus there will be more news about the company, such as more details about their partners, their future plans, when they expect to start off with the next round of booking, and so on.

So enjoy the video for now while we await for more during CES.

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wetab

Earlier on in the year the WeTab was known as the WePad, but changed its name for anticipated Apple litigation. When the WeTab was first announced it garnered headlines everywhere. They produced some solid video and press releases about it, and setup a content distrobution system for ebooks, magazines and newspapers and everything’s been silent for a good 5 months, until now. It looks like the guys at Neofonie are releasing the developer kit for widgets and their variant of the Meego operating system that the tablet is based on.

WebTab  and WebTab 3G runs on a heavily modified version of the Meego Linux operating system and is available to be downloaded and installed on a virtual machine The choice of Meego was a solid decision on the part of development team, its open source and is a product of Intel and Nokia. The Spirit behind the young operating system seeks to deliver unrestricted web and computing experience, including true multitasking. When you want to install applications they are done automaticall Technologies underlying the applications range from Linux, HTML5, Java,
Adobe AIR and Adobe Flash to Android (upcoming) and completely web-based services.

If you are interested in being a Meego developer for the WeTab and if successful, you might be as big in Germany then David Hasselhoff check out MeeGo, the MeeGo APIs and the official MeeGo SDK and finally the entire developer FAQ.

Also if you never heard of the WebTab before check out our full preview or the ubiquitous weTab and iPad comparison.

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Dec
30

iPad Magazine Sales Plummet

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While the iPad might be rewriting sales records, unfortunately, the same can’t be said of the magazine apps that is on offer on the iPad. The Apple tablet made have made the right start but it seems, it is finding it difficult to hold on to the initial figures any more. For the number crunchers, here are some figures to dwell upon as revealed by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The Wired magazine had started off with a whooping 100,000 and over downloads for its first issue which was launched in June. The figure though has come down steeply ever since as the popular magazine has since then been averaging at around just 31,000 downloads between July and September while the same for the period of October and November came down even further to just 22,000 and 23,000 respectively.

The story for the others in business are also painting a bleak picture. LikeVanity Fair which was averaging at around 10,500 downloads from August through October is now reporting having managed to sell 8,700 for the month of November. For GQ, the decline has been steep from 13,000 a month in between May and October has now sold 11,000 copies in November. Men’s Health fared ever worse, having registered just 2000 downloads in the month of October and November. Can’t say if that is a reflection of the health index of men at large or men have become healthier to not require something like the Men’s Health.

What’s even more interesting of the above facts is that it wasn’t too long ago that the iPad was considered the ultimate saviour of the printing industry and there was a mad rush to hook on to the tablet while there was still time. Let’s see if the holidays manage to bring some cheer to the magazine industry.

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Archos 70 tablet

Archos has been releasing tablets left, right and center this year, and they are ending 2010 with the retail release of their new Archos 70 Android Tablet, with an amazing 250 GB hard-drive for $399.

Lets take a look at the hardware features on this new unit, first of all it has a 7 inch TFT screen with a resolution of 800×480 pixels. You interact with the device via its Capacitive multitouch screen and it has a 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 graphic accelerator so you can watch things in 3D! For processing speed it has a ARM Cortex A8 at 1 GHz with DSP and runs Android Froyo.

It supports plenty of Video codecs such as MPEG4, H.264, WMV9, and tons more! For audio you have a fair number of options with its built in media player such as mp3, WMA, WAV, AAC, OGG and FLAC.

This unit is one of Archos best offerings so far, you can connect to the internet via WI-FI and even use your phone to tether as well. It has built in speakers, a kickstand, build in microphone, and a webcam.

Battery life on the new unit is solid as well, you can use it up to 36 hours as a music player, 7 hours of video, and around 10 hours in web surfing.

Despite the fact that the Archos has a huge HD on this model, it still is slim and trim (7.91 x 4.49 x 0.55 inch – 14 oz).

All in all, Archos saved the best for last with this portable tablet computer, it will be at CES 2011 next year, and we will be on the scene to give you guys a full hands on of this new tablet PC. No word yet if it will have the Android Market, but considering most other Archos units do not have access, it is foreboding indeed. Good thing installing apps by hand is not as hard as it used to be.

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The biggest e-Reader company in China has unveiled a new book store in Taiwan, diving into online media and bolstering their own line of Havon Electronic Readers with a viable store in the meantime in new markets.

The new eBook store by Hanvon has over 10,000 titles currently available and supports many languages such as; traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese and English. It e-reader devices, said Hanvon chief strategist Ray Zhang at a press conference.

Zhang said Hanvon, with a 70 percent market share and more than 1 million shipments of e-readers in China, cannot find a well-matched rival in the China market. “The density of bookstores and handset makers makes the Taiwan market a challenge for us, ” he said. “By establishing an online e-book store here, we are trying to create a business model that can be applied to Chinese-language markets worldwide.”

Zhang went on to say, “sales of Hanvon e-books and e-readers in Taiwan will focus on individual consumers, unlike its business model in China that is supported mainly by government purchases.”

So it looks like if this new project goes well, as it is to be expected it will with the tremendous growth in e-readers worldwide, that Havon will launch a new ebookstore in the North American market.

Currently Hanvon is no slouch in continuing to also produce expanded e-reader hardware. Recently they launched their 10.1 inch TouchPad Tablet and has another tablet in the works to be released sometime in 2011. They also have their new Hanvon Color e-Ink e-reader to debut at CES.

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mobilecloth

We just got our free samples of the Mobile Cloth today and if you have a touch screen device such as a Tablets and Slate PC’s, or even a smartphone these cloth swipe away fingerprints and grime like a dream and are even eco/dye free.

John Hartigan, CEO of Mobile Cloth had this to say – “MOBiLE CLOTH is made of a unique high tech material consisting of microfibers 100 times thinner than a human hair! It is woven into a special pattern which we call “nubs”. Each nub acts like hundreds of tiny suction cups to pull fingerprints smudges, and all kinds of other junk away from the surface of your device and into the cloth with one or two swipes. No water or cleaning solution is needed.”

What we really like about this cloth designed to clean your touch screen devices, is that it does not just remove smudges but it removes up to 98 percent of bacteria and 93 percent of viruses from a surface using only water (no chemicals). In comparison, traditional cotton fibers have been shown to only remove 30 percent of the bacteria and 23 percent of the viruses from a contaminated environmental surface.”

We tested this new product on a few different tablet computers, firstly it cleaned the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab in 1 full swipe! No water needed or liquids, in about 1 full swipe around of the unit, it cleaned it perfectly! We then tested it on a few TV’s and it also cleaned it with no problem. They are also inexpensive enough that you can stock up on a bunch and just use them a few times, then toss them away in the rubbish.

The one drawback, is that they are bulky, and are a little bit smaller then a small facecloth. If you can get by the size of it, this is the perfect item to have around the house to clean all of your devices.

You can purchase these from the Mobilecloth website and soon from our retail partner Shop e-Readers.

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Asus eee pad

Many companies are waiting for the CES in Las Vegas in early 2011, and Good e-Reader will be there on the ground getting the latest news on Tablets and E-Readers! Some companies are just too excited to wait for the conference to unveil their new toys. They have revealed new pictures of the Asus EEE PAD and the Asus EEE Slate.

At IFA last year we got some pictures and details regarding the EEE PAD tablet.

Here is what we know so far about the Auss EEE PAD, its full model number is theEee Pad EP121 and has a quite large 12-inch touchscreen. What’s interesting is that the tablet will have the Intel Core 2 Duo processor at its core and will come pre-loaded with Microsoft’s Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. And yet, Asutek claims the battery will have enough juice to keep the show going for 10 hours before requiring a recharge. This when both Intel and the Windows 7 have been accused to be too power hungry.

Coming to the functionality, Asus claims the Tablet has been designed to pull off a variety of tasks like surfing the net, watching videos, computing or a host of other multimedia applications. The tablet also comes equipped with an integrated camera and is fully compliant with the Flash by Adobe Systems. So users will get to watch videos from YouTube along with a host of other video programs. What’s more, the tablet can also double up as an e-reader so that with the Asus tablet, you will never need to carry another e-reader with you. Also similar to other tablet devices, the Asus tablet will have an onscreen keyboard which can be used to type in data.

The other tablet device – the EP101TC that Asus brought forth packs a 10-inch touchscreen and runs the Windows Embedded Compact 7 software. It will be powered by a Nvidia Tegra processor with other information about the 10 inch tablet pointing to an ultra-slim device that’s just 12.2-millimeters thick and weighs 675 grams. Also as per company sources, price for the 10 in tablet has been pegged at about $399 to $449 though no price details have been disclosed for the 12 inch tablet.

Asus also plans on having their own App Store for the EEE Pad and the EEE Slate! It is unknown if the devices will have access to the Android Market, or if Asus will have its own proprietary applications.

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toshiba folio 100

The Toshiba Folio 100 was a good idea in theory, but with the large price tag, not many people bit the bullet and purchased one. For those who did, it did get a firmware update today. (2.2.5.0053)

Although this new support does not give the latest Flash 10.1 support, it does give some useful features that should enhance the device, to a point. THe new update aims to improve the screen / touch responsiveness, issues with lag, pinch-to-zoom capabilities and audio / video processing.

If you want to install the latest version of Flash you have to do it manually. There are some serious bugs with FLASH and with the unit itself. In some cases it goes randomly into sleep mode. To get it to work again you must physically reboot the device, all of these errors have gotten many stores to pull the device from the shelves.

Check out a preview of the device here

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