Welcome to another edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! This was a huge week with an Apple event and several new smartphones turning up. Early in the week Mercedes-Benz announced that it was offering a new Media Interface Plus that would allow the user to stream content from a Bluetooth phone to the cars audio system among other things.
"It appears to be just a handful of credible entrants" said Apple CEO Steve Jobs on iPad rivals, "not exactly an avalanche." It's certainly been a shaky few weeks for tablets in general; while Apple's slate can apparently do little wrong, contributing nicely to another record financial quarter for the Cupertino company, the rest of the market is looking deeply troubled. Qualms over platforms, sizes, pricing and usability have all come to a head over the past seven days, leaving manufacturers looking almost as confused as the would-be consumers.
Rumors that Barnes & Noble plan to launch a color tablet ereader look even more likely, with the discovery that the bookseller has registered nookcolor.com. The domain name suggests that the upcoming device will indeed be called the Nook Color; it's also tipped to have a 7-inch display, run Android and be priced at a mere $249.
Barnes & Noble has an announcement to make this coming Tuesday, October 26th. And, while the venue may suggest that it's not going to be a big announcement, a source speaking with CNET claims differently. In fact, the source's suggestion is that Barnes & Noble is getting ready to unveil a brand new eReader, named the nook Color. And, aptly so, considering this new eReader will supposedly feature not only a color display, but also a touchscreen.