The JooJoo tablet may not have made a huge splash when it launched earlier this year, with some reports suggesting that as few as 90 tablets were sold during the pre-order phase. But apparently the company hasn’t run out of money and folded just yet, because Gizmodo is reporting that JooJoo is planning its second tablet.
The new device is due out next year, and unlike the original, it will run apps. In fact, it will run Google Android, which means that thousands of apps may work on the device, although it’s not clear if the JooJoo v2 will ship with access to the Google Android Market out of the box unless it’s launched sometime after Google releases a new version of Android which is more tablet-friendly. That’s expected to happen sometime early next year, so a JooJoo tablet with Android Market access isn’t out of the question.
The original JooJoo tablet was designed to basically act like a screen with a web browser and virtual keyboard and little else. Unfortunately, the user interface was panned by early reviewers. Still, the hardware wasn’t all bad, and some users managed to install Windows 7 or OS X to add functionality to the tablet.
I wonder how hackable an Android version would be? If it still has an x86 processor, my guess would be very… but in switching to Android, the company might also be switching to an ARM-based CPU, which means you’d likely be stuck with Android or some other Linux-based OS.