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Fusion Garage apparently implodes: Grid10 MIA

Fusion Garage apparently implodes: Grid10 MIA

Tragicomic tablet firm Fusion Garage has lost its PR company, frozen sales of its Grid10 slate and has left pre-order customers waiting for their purchases for months, in what looks like it could be the company's final gasp. After significant downtime over the weekend, Fusion Garage's site and online store now merely says "We are running out of stock" when trying to place a new order; meanwhile, the firm's PR agency has dumped them over zero communication with existing customers.

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Fusion Garage Grid 10 tablets get $200 price cut

Fusion Garage Grid 10 tablets get $200 price cut

One of the things that I thought was wrong with the Fusion Garage Grid 10 tablet was the price when we originally heard of the offering. The tablet was announced at prices of $499 for the WiFi only version and the 3G version was going for $599 originally. The tablets were also strangely marketed when first announced. The original ship date had been set for September 15. That ship date has now been delayed a few weeks with a new ship date set for October 1.

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When Marketing Goes Wrong: TabCo and Fusion Garage’s Grid

When Marketing Goes Wrong: TabCo and Fusion Garage’s Grid

This Monday we were treated to the final reveal of what the mysterious "TabCo" group was and what sort of tablet they'd be making that would, as they said several times, "reinvent the wheel." This presentation began with an absurd video filled with a collection of the worst possible set of actors that whoever is in charge of casting for TabCo was able to find - a line spoken in the video encapsulates the absurdity: "Okay, Bye, Hungry?" What was supposed to act as a revelation and a simple showing of a brand new way of going about working in the mobile market quickly descended into a renewed set of confusing points of order and a tablet which, in fact, wasn't going to be made or branded with the TabCo name at all - it was all a front!

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Fusion Garage Grid 4 smartphone coming Q4

Fusion Garage Grid 4 smartphone coming Q4

It's not just the Grid 10 that Fusion Garage has to show: the company also has a new smartphone, the Grid 4, which runs the same Grid OS as the slate. Based on Android - so compatible with apps from the Amazon Appstore - the Grid 4 has a 4-inch WVGA display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor paired with 512MB of RAM. It's designed to integrate with the functionality of the Grid 10, with media pick-up between the two.

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Fusion Garage Grid 10 drops TabCo disguise: 10-inch custom slate

Fusion Garage Grid 10 drops TabCo disguise: 10-inch custom slate

TabCo has come clean, and as expected the "brand behind the brand" is Fusion Garage. The CEO behind the underwhelming JooJoo, Chandra Rathakrishnan, is back with his team's second attempt at a tablet, along with the confession that "our initial [JooJoo] hype did not meet the performance of the product." Grid 10 is the slate he believes will change all that, based on the Android kernel but with "a stunning" interface on top.

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Fusion Garage “Grid10″ JooJoo 2 tablet clears FCC with AT&T 3G

Fusion Garage “Grid10″ JooJoo 2 tablet clears FCC with AT&T 3G

What looks to be Fusion Garage's JooJoo 2 has been caught clearing the FCC, the company's second attempt at the fast-growing tablet segment. Details on the currently unnamed tablet are scant, thanks to a confidentiality agreement that lifts at the end of November, though the test report does confirm the device to be a "smart mobile tablet PC" with dualband WCDMA/HSDPA, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

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JooJoo revived as resellers swoop; 2nd-gen Android Fusion Garage slates due 1H 2011

JooJoo revived as resellers swoop; 2nd-gen Android Fusion Garage slates due 1H 2011

Fusion Garage might be looking to their second-gen tablets - expected to arrive in the first half of 2011 with Android and a custom UI - but rumors that the original JooJoo had been axed seem to have been premature. The company has announced a reseller agreement for the original tablet, which will see Japanese firm ASTEC bumping JooJoo's storage to 16GB and then doing what's necessary to "customize joojoo for business applications."

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JooJoo 2 with Android and custom UI due 2011

JooJoo 2 with Android and custom UI due 2011

Fusion Garage's JooJoo tablet hasn't exactly set the world alight - though it is keeping some lawyers in business - but the Singaporean start-up is already looking to the second-gen model.  According to Gizmodo, the new JooJoo is expected to arrive in early 2011, and use Android as its OS.  While it may not have access to the Android Market, Google's policies depending, what Fusion Garage is working on is their own UI system which pulls together messaging and social networking.

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Fusion Garage criticized for JooJoo software GPL failure

Fusion Garage criticized for JooJoo software GPL failure

Fusion Garage are coming in for some criticism over their handling of the JooJoo tablet's software, with open-source advocates discovering that the company aren't distributing their source code as required by the GPL.  Matthew Garrett spent some hands-on time with the JooJoo recently, and aside from some concerns over the hardware - "pretty much held together by string and a following wind" is how he describes the slate - his biggest complaint is that not only is the source for Fusion Garage's modified Ubuntu OS not available, when he contacted them they told him they're not yet distributing it.

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