Earlier this year I wrote that Vancouver's Intrinsyc Software International Inc. had been hired to work on a mobile Android-powered device for an unnamed manufacturer. Intrinsyc hasn't said much about it since then, but in a press release on Thursday announcing its second quarter results, the company did say this:
“During the quarter, Intrinsyc assisted an original design manufacturer in the development of an Android tablet device that is planned by the customer to be launched in the third quarter of 2010. Much of the revenue from this project should be recognized in the second half of 2010 in the form of a royalty payment per device for licensed Intrinsyc intellectual property.”

Well, that doesn't say a lot, but it's progress.
As to who's making the tablet, there's a wide choice of possibilities. According to the Android Tablet Forum,  Dell is about to start selling one in the U.S., and Samsung will reveal a unit called the Galaxy at an electronics show next month. There are rumours of a Best Buy tablet circulating, a 10-incher from Motorola teamed with Verizon Wireless in the U.S. as well as a smallish one from Archos that seems more the size of an iPod Touch.
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