Velocity Micro is getting ready to release a couple of 7-inch, full color, Android e-Readers and a similarly-sized Android tablet computer. The Cruz reader features a resistive touchscreen, wireless connectivity, the Kobo eBook reading application and Internet browsing functionality. The Cruz tablet differs only in touchscreen technology, storage capacity and wireless connectivity, while the StoryPad has been created especially for kids.
The Cruz reader and tablet devices are currently operating on the Android 2.0 platform but may well benefit from a pre-launch upgrade. Beyond the Kobo reading application and Borders eBook library portal application (which sees the device come pre-loaded with 100 eBooks), the pair benefit from a standard "fast, simple, and easy to use" Android interface. They will also have access to a proprietary application service known as Cruz Market.
The company's Josh Covington told Gizmag that both devices "will be able to use Android apps, but will not have access to the Android Market because of Google's limitations on devices. That's where the Cruz Market comes in. Featuring best of breed Android apps that we've approved specifically for the specs of our devices, the Cruz Market will be a one stop shop for Cruz apps."
The device supports MPEG-4, H.263 and H.264 video playback and ePub, PDF, TXT, HTML reader formats. There's a built-in dictionary, notepad, calendar, alarm clock, contacts, games and a host of other useful apps. The Cruz reader also comes shipped with a handy docking station.
The Cruz e-Reader and StoryPad will be released in August for US$199 and US$149 respectively, with the US$299 Cruz tablet following on three weeks later.
The following video shows some of the functionality of the Cruz e-Reader:
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