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Old 10-18-2011, 01:15 PM   #1
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So whats happening with Kobo Vox?

About six weeks or a month ago an e-commerce site announced Kobo would be out with a android tablet called "Vox". The supposed launch date was 10/17. Since then pretty much absolute silence.

Anybody know whats going on with this product?
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:51 PM   #2
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It's not ready yet. That release date was completely fictional.
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:42 PM   #3
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About six weeks or a month ago an e-commerce site announced Kobo would be out with a android tablet called "Vox". The supposed launch date was 10/17. Since then pretty much absolute silence.

Anybody know whats going on with this product?
I wonder if the Kindle Fire has sent it back to the drawing board.
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Old 10-18-2011, 06:03 PM   #4
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I doubt it, afv011. It cleared the FCC with a 45 day hold only a few days before the Future Shop "leak". I am pretty sure that we will see what passed through the FCC, and in the time frame Kobo actually planned on. If not, we will see another FCC clearing in advance of whatever is released--and that has not happened.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:39 AM   #5
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I think,
The answer to this thread has just been revealed on the kobo webpage:

http://www.kobobooks.com/kobovox
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:00 AM   #6
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Now what market? And what is an AFFS screen?
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This starts shipping on October 28th. Has there been a formal announcement with a demo?
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There is a demo on the website. It was announced on Twitter, not sure where else. Click on the "view demo" on http://www.kobobooks.com/kobovox. I don't know what market it is using and it looks like it will have to be rooted for Android Market access.
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And what is an AFFS screen?
I wonder if it's based on this --> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance...ing_.28AFFS.29
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From the Financial Times: http://business.financialpost.com/20...h-of-kobo-vox/
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Now what market? And what is an AFFS screen?
Advanced fringe field switching (AFFS)

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Known as fringe field switching (FFS) until 2003, advanced fringe field switching is similar to IPS or S-IPS offering superior performance and color gamut with high luminosity. AFFS was developed by Hydis Technologies Co., Ltd, Korea (formally Hyundai Electronics, LCD Task Force).

AFFS-applied notebook applications minimize color distortion while maintaining a wider viewing angle for a professional display. Color shift and deviation caused by light leakage is corrected by optimizing the white gamut which also enhances white/grey reproduction.

In 2004, Hydis Technologies Co.,Ltd licensed AFFS to Japan's Hitachi Displays. Hitachi is using AFFS to manufacture high-end panels. In 2006, HYDIS licensed AFFS to Sanyo Epson Imaging Devices Corporation.

Hydis introduced AFFS+ with improved outdoor readability in 2007. AFFS panels are mostly utilized in the cockpits of latest commercial aircraft displays.
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it looks like it will have to be rooted for Android Market access.
Their web page says the following

Do More with Android™

* Enjoy full and open access to Android
* Surf the Web, email friends, listen to music plus easily access over 15,000 free apps!
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That "Read freely on any open reader" is truly insulting and misleading... What does Canadian False advertising tort say again?
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Android Market has over 250,000 apps; so Kobo is referring to an app store that isn't Google.
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15,000 apps... hmmm

How many apps in Amazon's Appstore?
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