Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is the first Android tablet considered to be a genuine competitor to the iPad, and developers are already releasing apps optimized for the 7-inch display. The Tab will soon be available from major U.S. phone carriers, and early reviews of the tablet have been largely positive, except for the lack of Android apps for tablets. Android has a long way to go to compete with the number of apps already available for the iPad.
Fuze Meeting has been released for all Android devices, but has been optimized for tablets, too. Unfortunately, the remote meeting app doesn’t utilize the front-facing camera of the Tab (which has two cameras) to permit video calls, which would be a distinct advantage over the iPad without a camera. Attendees using an Android tablet can view shared desktops on the display, something that isn’t practical on smartphone screens. Fuze Meeting is available in the Android Market.
The Wall Street Journal is betting on Android tablets with the release of its app with a subscription model. The app is for tablet-sized Android devices only, and while the app is free in the Android Market, a $3.99 weekly fee is required to get full access to WSJ content. The fee also provides access on other mobile platforms (BlackBerry, iPad and iPhone) and to WSJ online content. The app syncs content automatically and offers notifications when new articles have been downloaded; articles are cached on the tablet for reading offline.
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