Developers will be able to develop apps for tablets and Google TV using the same SDK. You won’t have to do a thing to get the update. All Logitech Revue Google TV boxes will automatically get the update over-the-air when it becomes available this summer.
Sony has announced a pair of Android 3.0 tablets. The first is the 9.4-inch S1 media tablet (also known as the Qriocity focused) with a curved top similar to a folded book or magazine with both front and rear cameras. The S1 features a Tegra 2 SoC and customized “Quick and Smooth” touch panel UI with “Swift” web browser. As a bonus, it can also be used as a remote for your Sony gadgets, which is handy.
The dual-screen device looks like a sexed up 3DS. That’s the S2, which features a pair of 5.5-inch 1,024 x 480 pixel displays, Tegra 2 SoC, and a camera. It uses a custom book-style UI layout for the e-reader app, email and others. Both are PlayStation Certified and are WiFi and 3G/4G “compatible”. I can’t wait to see what Sony does with gaming on a tablet. How will these interact with the PS3? We should see a release in the fall, maybe sooner.
Lenovo has failed to keep the secret with a PowerPoint that reveals a new ThinkPad tablet for “on-the-go professionals.” And it isn’t a Windows 7 convertible either, but an Android 3.0 tablet with an optional pen and an “keyboard portfolio case.”
The whole thing weighs 1.6 pounds. Other features include an IPS display and a dual-core Tegra 2 processor. It also sports dual cameras, one in front and one in back, 16/32/64GB storage, USB 2.0, Micro USB, a mini HDMI port and an SD card slot. Wi-Fi and 3G models will be available. Sounds like a great tablet.
Looks like Intel will be re-entering the tablet market this year with Google’s operating system, Android. Some reports indicate that Intel will announce the release of Intel Android tablets later this year. Their plan is called PRC Plus, and will have Intel introducing Android 3.0 on tablets powered by their processors.
According to sources, Acer, Asus and Lenovo have agreed to start the plans for new products according to the Intel PRC Plus plan in the second half of this year and Cisco also plans to introduce products with Intel Oak Trail chips and Android 3.0.
Toshiba’s first Honeycomb tablet is almost available and has now been priced and given a ship date. The 10.1 inch tablet with a 1,280 x 800 pixel display, USB, HDMI, and 5 megapixel rear-facing camera will be Japan-only for right now.
The Tegra-2 powered Android 3.0 tablet shall be known as the Regza AT300 and will cost you about $723. It will hit Japan in late June. Hopefully it will arrive here soon as well, but for now this is for Japan only.
Packard Bell has debuted the patriotic sounding Liberty Tab. Think of it as its own version of Acer’s Iconia Tab A500. The biggest difference between the two is simply the name itself. It has the same style, it sports a 10-inch screen, a Tegra 2 processor, dual cameras, and the Honeycomb OS.
Looks like this one will be arriving in Europe this June, pricing will depend on what country you call home. The question is, will you be buying one? Will you? Let us know in the comments below.
It’s been over a month since the tablet was introduced at CES, and now the Android tablet from Motorola is finally here. The Motorola Xoom is Google’s Honeycomb (Android 3.0) device and will ship with stock Honeycomb and no fancy overlay, UI or Blur from Motorola.
Some features include a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, a 10.1″ display, dual cameras, and a battery life of 10 hours. This one may just be the Apple competitor we have been waiting for. The Motorola Xoom will cost $599 with a 2 year contract on Verizon and is available right now.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb is the tablet-optimized version of Google’s mobile operating system. Check it out here, outside of the tablet environment. Specifically on an HTC Desire HD phone. Most phones have too small of a screen to make Honeycomb usable, but that might not be the case with the Desire HD, which has a 4.3″ display.
Performance is fine. Could be better, but with the larger display, using Honeycomb on a phone becomes a lot more manageable. Performance won’t be the best of course, but at least they proved a point.
Adobe announced today in Barcelona at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona that Flash 10.2 will be hitting Android smartphones and Android tablets within just a few weeks. What this brings you is more frames per second and better graphics in Flash animation on your devices, just on the heals of the 10.2 release for Windows and Mac.
Adobe says that devices with dual-core processors such as Snapdragon they are scaling 1080p resolution video and seeing it at 30 frames per second. All this combined with a lower hit to battery life when viewing the video. Pushing the new, faster and more efficient version of the Flash player out to more handsets is a big move for Adobe to bring more popularity to website using Flash technology. Users might not necessarily choose a devices based on its Flash-playing capabilities, but it is something that those producing the devices can add to their list of features to bring more popularity.
According to the Korea Times, LG is looking to unveil some cool stuff at next year’s Consumer Electronics Show. That’s not unusual in itself, but we’re talking about their dual-core Android phone, the Optimus 2X, mobile 3D TVs, and drumroll please…their very first Android tablet.
The Optimus Pad will feature an 8.9″ touchscreen display and run on Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb. This tablet will fit squarely between the iPad’s 10″ display and the Galaxy Tab’s 7″ display.
We had a look at Andy Rubin fiddling with an Android-powered Motorola tablet during the D:Dive Into Mobile conference, but those pics were from a distance. We know that you want to see some quality pics of the device and luckily for you, some higher resolution pictures of the device have surfaced.
Is it a Galaxy Tab killer? We don’t know yet. But it looks pretty sweet and sexy.
The last news we heard from LG, it was canning plans for a Froyo slate and looking forward to a more suitable iteration of Android. And now a senior official at the company has clarified this to mean Honeycomb, describing it as the “tablet PC-version” of the OS.
The 8.9-inch LG Pad should arrive in the first quarter of 2011, featuring a dual-core Tegra 2 chip inside. The release window is for both domestic and overseas markets. We are intrigued by this one and can’t wait to get more details.
Well, the Samsung Galaxy Tab has just gotten all official and already there is talk about the next-generation tablet from Samsung. According to the head of product planning for Samsung, the next software upgrade for the Galaxy Tab will be Google’s Gingerbread. There will be no Honeycomb update for the current Galaxy Tab.
Honeycomb will be used in the next-generation tablet which will be arriving sometime next year. The operating system is optimized for a different type of tablet.
Some user feedback of Windows Mobile 6.5 has led to some changes in its UI. The most obvious change is the removal of the honeycomb. It may still have Trix and Lucky Charms hidden away inside somewhere, but the honeycomb is gone.
The icon grid is still arranged in the same way, but the actual hexagonal icon containers are no more. The second most obvious change would have to be the new scrolling, which limits flick scrolling to one page at a time once.