Barnes & Noble's has released a new NookColor developer-SDK. This SDK will help you developer NookColor specific apps - which will not work on other Android tablets... The NookColor has already been 'hacked' to become a standard Android tablet...
The Nook Color costs $249 and has a 7" IPS-LCD display.
UK's Pixelar announced two upcoming e-readers, both with Sipix (AUO) made touch e-paper displays - the MReader 9" and the MReader 6". Both has only USB connectivity, and support ePub, Mobi, PDF and other formats. They also supports MP3. Both readers has 2GB of internal memory with expansion via SD (in the 9" model) or microSD (in the 6" model) cards.
Bookeen are a France-based e-reader maker, that currently offer two models (the Cybook Gen3, available now for 350$, and the Opus, available now for 215$) and are set to release a new one, the Orizon. Michael Dahan, Bookeen's co-founder and CEO has agreed to answer a few questions.
Q: Michael - First of all, thank you for this interview. Currently you are offering two e-readers, the Cybook Gen3 and the Cybook Opus. Can you tell us how are the sales of these models?
The sales are very good. We are sold mainly throughout Europe and have started more actively in the US. We evaluate our market share in Europe to be 25-30%. We are sold in large retail networks like FNAC or Mediamarket and have a strong presence in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. UK remains a stronghold for us, but we plan to crack it.
China's Hanwang will start to use e-paper displays from AUO - in face AUO has started shipping 9" panels already. The products will hit the market in 2010. Hanwang aims to ship over 500,000 e-readers in 2009, and over 1 million in 2010.
Hanwang currently uses 5" E Ink panels.
3 Taiwanese companies are planning to release color e-paper in 2010.
PVI (who recently bought E Ink) will start making color e-paper in the second half of 2010. They also plan to ramp-up their 6" and 9.7" flexible e-paper in the first half of 2010.
AUO plans to offer flexible e-paper samples in 2010, but estimates that the market shrare of color and flexible e-paper will be low in 2010.
Delta expects to launch color e-paper panels in the second quarter of 2010.
AUO estimates the worldwide shipments of e-readers will top 10 million units in 2010. AUO hopes to ship 1-2 million e-paper panels in 2010.via digitimes
AUO says they will release a 6" flexible e-paper next year (samples, anyway, with volume production to start afterwards). They are also showing a 20" e-paper module, which they say is the world's largest e-paper which is "ready for production".
The 6" flexible e-paper is using Sipix's (owned by AUO) Microcup technology. It is made on a plastic substrate, and can be repeatedly bended. The curved radius reaches 100mm, it features 16 gray levels, 9:1 high contrast ratio and a reflectance of 33%. It consumes power only when the image is updated.
The 20" panel is very power efficient, requiring less thatn 2W. It also have 16 levels of gray.