The first e-book based on Google's Android operating system will be unveiled in January during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Look for a half dozen or so more Android-based eBooks in 2010. R.C.J.
Dubbed "Alex," the e-book was designed by Spring Design Inc. (Fremont, Calif.) The display combines an ultra-low power, six-inch monochrome electrophoretic display for reading with a 3.5-inch color backlit LCD that allows users to click on e-book Web links. The secondary screen is touch sensitive and can display embedded videos, audio, photos and notes associated with book titles. Based on what the developer calls "Duet Navigator" technology, Alex can surf the Web using Wi-Fi or 3G, EVDO/CDMA or GSM connections. Spring Design sued Barnes & Noble last month alleging that its Duet Navigator technology was misappropriated by the retailer.
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