The Microsoft Courier and the HP Slate may be stillborn, but if you have tablet dreams that don’t involve the iPad you still have a few choices. I still think it's odd that HP put so much fanfare into the Slate only to kill it off, but we can hope the Slate turns up again running WebOS.
Since we've apparently entered the culling phase of the tablet story arc - goodbye HP slate and Microsoft Courier, we'll miss your shiny renders - it's good to know that devices are still entering production rather than being canned. French firm eviGroup have just announced that their Wallet Android MID has entered production and should be on sale, for €199 ($264), from May. Carrypad chased up some details from director Nicolas Ruiz, including how he sees the Wallet facing against the Archos 5 Internet Tablet and what sort of help they've had from Google.
Today, for all intents and purposes, was a big day. Maybe not as big as yesterday, but it's pretty close. Especially if you consider the two cancellations, with the HP Slate getting tossed to the side, along with Microsoft's Courier digital journal. A sad day for the tablet market, indeed. But, we move on, forward unto . . . Well, whatever it is you're heading into. Either way, welcome to the Thursday edition of the Daily Slash. In the Best of R3, we've got the LG Aloha getting a name change, iAd takes a steep turn in the price bracket, and Palm may be ready to face a class-action lawsuit. And then in the Dredge 'Net, looks like Valve finally hit a release date for Steam on the Mac, the app thing gets out of hand, and Verizon gets a new netbook.
Here's some remarkably bad news. It seems that the Microsoft Courier, the dual-screen digital journal with Tegra 2 inside, has been scrapped. According to the report from The Wall Street Journal, it seems that Microsoft executives informed the internal team working on the Courier that the project was no longer supported by Microsoft, and that it's been removed from future production. Of course, Microsoft had never officially come forward and publicly announced the Courier, but we know it existed.
Hinges. Not the most exciting of inventions, though where would we be without them. HTC have patented a new design of hinge, seemingly the sole purpose of which is to look nicer when closed. However, it might also make for a more book-like clamshell device, potentially with dual displays in the same manner as the Microsoft Courier.
Microsoft's Courier project - a dual-display "book" style electronic journal - has been intriguing us since it first leaked back in September, and the latest spillage of UI details courtesy of Gizmodo's mysterious tipster is doing nothing to temper our interest. The twin screens are both multitouch-capable and respond to fingers and the special stylus, the latter having two side-buttons (the upper one being an "undo" key), an eraser on the other end, and a rotating barrel that flips between different pen modes.
After the second leak of Microsoft's Courier dual-touchscreen tablet, ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley has stepped in with some leaked information of her own. It looks as though our suggestion that the origins (and intentions) of Courier lie in Microsoft OneNote was accurate, with Foley's source saying "The concept started as a software idea on how one would really build OneNote from scratch if you could for the Tablet form factor. That then morphed into building a tablet. If you look at the most successful pocket computer today - it is still the Franklin Covey Planning Products, the idea was how do you create a digital planner."
A second video and more details on Microsoft's Courier notebook-tablet project have arrived, again courtesy of Gizmodo's sources, and in spite of the shift toward finger-entry of text seen in smartphones over recent years, it looks as though Microsoft are pushing forward with pen-input. At Courier's heart is the "infinite journal", an ongoing - and thankfully searchable - document that can be used to collect together snippets of text, diagrams, webpages and more, and that integrates with a PIM and contacts system.
Crystal ball, secret tunnel or loose-lipped mole; we don't know how Gizmodo are doing it, but hot on the heels of the Microsoft Courier dual-touchscreen tablet leak comes shots of Microsoft's two upcoming Pink cellphones. The Microsoft Turtle (the squarish model) and Microsoft Pure (the more traditional handset) are both manufactured by Sharp and will be co-branded, and like the Sidekick - which Sharp also manufactured for Danger - will be targeted at a messaging-friendly youth market.