Fusion Garage He is preparing the launch in Spain of new products: the tablet Grid10 and the smartphone Grid4, both with the new operating system of Fusion Garage, the GridOS.
The oddest thing of all is the operating system, GridOS, that is based on Android but it is not a coating on the OS’s Google, but it’s something completely new. As explained by the own CEO’s Fusion Garage Chandra Rathakrishnan:
What we did with the Android kernel is similar to what made Apple for the Mac OS. They built a completely new operating system from BSD Unix and we have done the same thing with Android.
This has several implications, the most interesting of which is that GridOS It is 100% compatible with applications of Android — but they will also have its own applications store called Gridshop—. In addition have created an operating system different, full of new ideas coming to a market saturated with mobile and tablets with the same look & feel.
GridOS is based on one grid without limits in which we will be able to add our applications, either loose or in folders, organizing them as we please more and, if the home screen makes us too big, we have a small map of all our grid in a corner to move more quickly. Thus, we forget to be passing screens.
The interface of GridOS It has no buttons, apart from the shutdown and power, and everything is done by gestures that it is easy to get used to after a few minutes of use. Anyway this can be strange since, to use it to full screen, disappear buttons of applications, such as the browser, and we must make a small gesture so they sobreimpresionen.
GridOS It also has a system of notices, with a screen to manage them, that thanks to something that has been called predictive intelligence is capable of making us suggestions related to our location or schedule, as it could be a restaurant at noon that would show us the Yelp recommendations!
Another interesting point of GridOS is that can be synchronized with iTunes, Although not directly. Fusion Garage There is a free software for PC and Mac that scans the entire contents of the computer, including iTunes, and sync it with your phone or tablet WiFi.
We have tested GridOS in the tablet Grid10 and the truth is that he has liked above all by trying to differentiate yourself from the competition by doing something different. In addition, while not like many, the integration of hardware with its own operating system usually give better results, something which results in better usability and which in this case is noticeable if we compare the Grid10 with the majority of tablets Android.
In terms of hardware, the Grid10 It is a thin tablet with a curved design in the back which makes it very convenient to use. It has a 10.1 inch screen arranged in 16:9 and with a resolution of 1366 × 768. The processor is a Dual core 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra II, 512MB of RAM, front camera of 1.3 megapixel camera, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot. Sold two versions: one with WiFi only by 299 EUR and another that adds 3G by 399 euros.
We must also recognize that Fusion Garage He has adjusted prices since other tablets with similar configurations are around 600 euros and obviously price will also be one of the strengths of the brand.
For its part, the smarphone Grid4 It has a 4 inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480, a processor Qualcomm MSM8255, 512 MB RAM, a camera of 5 megapixel camera, LED Flash, video recording at 720 p, and 0.3 megapixel front camera. We do not yet know the final price but in the United States will sell free $ 399 euros.
On October 24 it will begin to sell the tablet Grid10 and it is planned that the phone comes to market before end of year.
In short, we could say that he liked to see something different, with an intuitive interface that takes care of the small details, and at a very competitive price clearly below the rest of the market.