August 15, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Fusion Garage failed miserably with JooJoo,the almost-named “Crunchpad” tablet before a dispute with TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington forced a name change. The JooJoo was trashed with poor reviews and hardware problems led to the product being abandoned as Fusion Garage said it would atone with an Android tablet.
Well, almost. Fusion Garage has built a new grid-focused, animated operating system built on top of an Android Kernel, aptly-named Grid OS. With Android as its base, Grid OS is capable of running Android apps without developers needing to redevelop their apps [Ed. note - I've seen apps not work because of a certain ROM or processor, so I'm not too sure how accurate that claim will prove.]
The Grid 10, a 10-inch tablet with a 16:9 resolution and “vivid color,” will be the first device to run GridOS. It will be joined by the Grid 4, a 4-inch touchscreen phone that Fusion Garage plans to sell unlocked . The tablet has a 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor while the Grid 4 has a Qualcomm MSM8255 processor (Snapdragon Scorpion, MHz not listed).
Hardware specs and several promotional photos are available for the Grid 10 here and for the Grid 4 here, most of which are in line with the devices already on the market. That’s disappointing considering the future options may change things, however, the real test will be the software. The JooJoo tablet wasn’t the most elegant physical specimen, but its ultimate failure was that it was buggy and crash-prone. Fusion Garage has a chance to redeem itself if GridOS proves to be an evolutionary take on mobile rather than a splintered version of Android that doesn’t live up to the original.
Head over to their website and take a look at the pretty pictures to see if you have any interest. A video gallery is available here.