Book publisher unveils own Android-based tablet

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[/caption] Called the Yopad, the device was formally unveiled on Thursday, Sept. 13, during the 33rd Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Brian Belen, executive director of Diwa, said the China-made tablet computer will become available in the coming school year 2013-2014. The device is expected to be sold for ?less than P10,000? as a stand-alone unit, according to Belen. Belen said the 7-inch tablet can also come pre-packaged with Diwa?s digital content such as Genyo e-learning and e-textbooks. The schools, however, will have to pay an additional amount to cover the cost of the digital publications. But the Diwa executive stressed that the Yopad is just an option for educational institutions since the company?s digital resources are device-neutral and can run on any Internet-enabled tablet or PC. The Yopad, Belen revealed, has Wi-Fi capabilities and runs on Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Last May, a rival publisher, Vibal Publishing, launched its own Android-based tablet ? an 8-inch unit for students and a 10-inch model for teachers. [cincopa A8LAE8atR-zN] ]]>

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