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Adobe Showcases Google Android Tablet At Web 2.0 Expo

Adobe demonstrated a prototype of an Android-based tablet at the Web 2.0 Expo event in San Francisco, one which could herald the looming launch of a series of such devices based on the so-called ARMdroid platform.

Tech website Zedomax (opens in new tab), published a number of photos and videos of a tablet apparently running Android OS 2.1 on Adobe's booth that was used to demonstrate the company's platform based on AIR and Flash.

The prototype was showing a Wired magazine application running and Adobe reckons that the third applications developed using Apple's tools will be able to work on Palm WebOS, now part of HP and Microsoft Windows Phone 7 platforms as well.

As for the prototype, it is still far from being the finished version capable of rivalling with Apple's iPad. We know that it has a 10.1-inch capacitive widescreen touchscreen display (Apple's iPad uses a 4:3 one) and is powered by Nvidia's Tegra SoC.

Screen transitions as well as the responsiveness of the applications seems to be superior to current Android-based handsets like the Google Nexus one or the HTC Desire.

We've been waiting for ARMdroid based Tablets and so called smartbooks for more than one year now. The nearest we came to playing with one was when we reviewed a Pegatron one in August last year; we reckon that the reason why we aren't finding more of those in high street stores.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.