Even Toys'R'Us Has An Android Tablet Now

Toys'R'Us has taken a good long look at the increasingly crowded Android tablet market and decided it wants a minuscule sliver too. So starting October 1, every child's favourite store will start selling a 7-inch, $US150 Android device called the Tabeo (Tabby-oh? Tabe-e-oh?) targeted at younger users.

But what makes the tablet kid-friendly? Besides a custom UI that keeps Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich stripped to the bare necessities, the Tabeo comes pre-installed with 50 different apps that cover everything from games to educational ebooks. Its custom app store promises to offer some 7000 additional titles, including favourites like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. There are also plenty of parental controls in the tablet powered by a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, including the ability to remotely lock down or limit the device from a browser.

Toys'R'Us' currently has the Tabeo listed on its website as being available for pre-order with a ship date of October 1, but the official press release indicates it won't be hitting brick-and-mortar store shelves until the October 21. With competitors like the MEEP!, Vinci and LeapPad already targeting kids, this is certainly a sector that might be over-served already. Maybe Toys'R'Us has managed to build a $US150 Android tablet that's a lesson in something more than abject frustration.

[Toys"R"Us via IT News Online]


Comments

    This looks good to me.

    where's the tabeo rooting guide for kids?

    Tablets are already too easy for kids to use and teach them far less than the more tactile books and blocks, if I were to buy a tablet for my kids I'd want one that was harder to use not easier.

      The kids will probably not use it then. Unfortunately.

    Why would I want to get this over an Ainol android tablet for about $50 less and just restrict the apps on it?

    Suddenly tablets now make sense to me. I wonder if the missus can be convinced a couple of these would be perfect for the kids this christmas (assuming they land in Australia)

    Looks like android has found its rightful home with the rest of the toys.

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