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Hands-on with Android-based Alex e-reader

January 8, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Android Devices

Hands-on with Android-based Alex e-reader

Nook who? Spring Design finally took the wraps off its Android-powered “Alex” ereader yesterday and early signs point towards impressive. The Alex features a dual-screen set-up for navigation and reading, and will support the Android Market according to an SD employee I spoke to.

Big news that also emerged yesterday was that Borders would supply ebooks for Alex readers. This is in addition to the previous announcement that Google Books would be made available to Alex device owners. Alex readers will be able to browse or download more than a million books documents archived by Google. EPUB digital books can be searched and downloaded using Google API applications provided by Alex’s eReader.

The Alex goes on sale for $399.00 starting February 22, 2010. It is initially available only on at www.springdesign.com, but more outlets will be announced soon.

It’s strange to see that the Alex standardizes most of the work that the NookDevs have put into hacking the Nook. Thanks to the DuetNavigation and a real second screen, the Alex can browse the web comfortably access text, music, video, and images to enrich their reading experience.