Remember the Sharp Galapagos, the Android-powered eReading tablet coupled with its own cloud service? Well, it’s coming to America in 2011.
According to The Mainichi Daily News out of Japan, Sharp plans to enter the American market some time in 2011, followed by India, China, Brazil, and other major markets. The device is currently available in Japan.
For the American release, Sharp plans to add 3G antennas, most likely tied into the Verizon network, as previously reported, and supported the open EPUB eBook standard. The Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, Sony Readers and other devices also support the standard. The Amazon Kindle uses a proprietary eBook format.
Sharp released two Galapagos tablets in Japan: a 5.5-inch Galapagos, dubbed the “mobile type,” which has a pixel density of 1024 x 600 and trackball navigation, and a 10.8-inch Android device, considered the “home type,” which has a pixel density of 1,366 x 800. Both also support 802.11 b/g/n WiFi.