I heard earlier today that the new Sony Reader for Android tablets was now available in the Android Market. I immediately wnet over and tried to get the app for my Asus Transformer. I couldn’t even see it in the Marketplace when I visited from the Transformer. Then I double checked on the website, and(released on 9 September). It’s my guess that Sony won’t let you download it if you don’t have a Sony Tablet. And no, it’s not a mistake; the name of the app is Reader™ for Sony Tablet™.
Update: My competition found this page on the Sony eBookstore. The Reader Tablet app will be available for other tablets in December.
You probably know that a few days ago Sony released one of the 2 tablets that they had been teasing us in those in the past few months. It’s the wedge shaped tablet, not the dual screen tablet, according to early reviews it’s not bad.
The Sony S Sony Tablet is a 9.4″ iPad competitor running Android v3.1 Homeycomb on a Nvidia dual core Tegra 2 CPU. it has Wifi/Bluetooth, a pair of cameras (5MP and VGA), SDHC card slot. I’m told it has generally decent performance for a $500 tablet.
Well, that is what you need to have before you can get the app. If you were wondering how much effort Sony planned to put into these tablets then I think you got your answer. They diverted an app that we all might want just to keep it for their own use.
Now, while this might appear to be a good move, I’m not sure what Sony hope to achieve. The Sony Reader Ebookstore is pretty much junk. Keeping this app out of the hands of tablet owners really won’t affect them any and thus it won’t inspire anyone to go get the S Tablet.
Heck, this app is so unimportant that hardly anyone even noticed it was released.
Never the less, I would like to try it. It has a 2 page mode and an ebookstore design that I would like to see first hand. If anyone has the Sony S Tablet, please do me a favor and let me have a copy. Get the app, pull it from your tablet and send it to me. This app looks a lot better than Sony’s other app and it is clearly designed for tablets.