Around the Web: 7-inch tablets get a new lease on life

I thought 7-inch tablets were dead with Google Android Honeycomb tablet OS being design around a 1280 x 800 10.1-inch screen. But it looks like that has changed. PC Magazine reports that "Google has been working closely with tablet manufacturers to get the Android Honeycomb UI running on seven-inch, 1024-by-600 single-core devices, said Raymond Kim, vice president of sales and marketing for device maker Anydata. This is a change from the first round of Honeycomb tablets like the Motorola Xoom, which have all been dual-core devices with 1280-by-800 screens that are eight inches or larger."

Looks like our Samsung Galaxy Tabs may get a second lease on life.

Seven inch options are also getting more interesting. GigaOM reports that "Research In Motion’s plans for its PlayBook tablet became a little more focused today: The company just announced that its tablet will run Google Android applications through a special 'app player.'"  This would make the BlackBerry PlayBook a very appealing option.