Android tablet takeover and exciting new apps

by Kristen Nicole

The holidays may have you considering a tablet purchase, and there’s a decent range of Android tablets to choose from, as ComputerWorld points out. A comparison chart considers the prowess of iPad alternatives including the Archos 70, Archos 101, Samsung (005930.KS) Galaxy Tab and ViewSonic ViewPad 7. The latter are your best bets for full features, but the Archos family is reasonably priced.

This handful of tablets is only an introduction to what we can expect in the coming year, with high expectations around Google’s (GOOG) Android Honeycomb release. Samsung is geared for a tablet update supporting the upcoming OS, while Motorola (MOT) is anxious to release its initial Android tablet in the coming months. Expect the tablet market at large to take over in 2011, with HP (HPQ) getting ready to launch a webOS-powered device, and RIM (RIMM) developing heartily around its PlayBook.

Android app news

The official SoundCloud music app has made its way into the Android Market, letting you record and share songs via the cloud. Use it to dictate notes, leave voice memos or record music. You can also capture the sound around you, as you would a video with no visuals, to save and share later. Already popular on the iPhone, SoundCloud’s Android version doesn’t yet have the full set of features of its iOS counterpart, however.

Another exciting release is the Times Square Official Ball App, letting you participate in the most recognizable New Year’s Eve celebration in the country. This free app acts as a countdown until the big night arrives, where you’ll see live coverage of the event, including musical performances, celebrity appearances and the first Times Square wedding.