After getting rooted within hours of its release, the Motorola XOOM has been overclocked as well. Michael Huang, the developer of SetCPU, a popular underclocking/overclocking app for Android, has succeeded in pushing the clock speed to 1.2 GHz using a custom kernel. The 20% increase in clock speed allowed the XOOM to touch the 40 MFlops mark in Linpack. However, in reality, XOOM should be able to do better, as Linpack is a single core benchmarking tool, which can’t properly harness the power of the dual-core Tegra 2 powered XOOM.
Huang has promised to make his kernel patch public soon. In the meanwhile, here’s the screenshot of the Linkpack result.
Motorola XOOM is a “Google Experience” device, and one of the first Honeycomb powered tablets to hit the market. Honeycomb is a specially crafted version of Android, which is targeted squarely at higher resolution devices like tablets. Riding on the back of a myriad of usability enhancements introduced in Honeycomb, and impressive hardware, the XOOM has been garnering largely positive initial reviews. However, the real test for the XOOM will come once the iPad 2 is launched.
In less than 4 hours of being released to the general public, the Motorola XOOM has been rooted. Along with full root access, a custom clockwork recovery has also been successfully installed on the device. The credit of all this hard work goes to Koush the developer of ROM Manager.
ROM Manager is one of the most popular ROM managing apps available for the Android OS. According to koush, rooting the XOOM was easy since the tablet is Google experience device, and thus ships with fastboot support (limited though!).
The steps to root the Motorola XOOM can be found here. Koush has not made the custom recovery available to the public since the SD card slot on the XOOM does not work.
He will release the custom recovery once Google releases an update which will enable the microSD card slot, or once the developers somehow manage to get it working! Once the microSD card slot gets working, koush will update his app ROM Manager to support the tablet as well.
Yesterday, we reported that the Motorola XOOM won’t ship with Flash support out-of-the-box! Now, a XDA member rothnic has uploaded an APK file of Flash 10.1 which is compatible with Tegra 2 based phones and tablets.
rothnic received the APK file from Malata Zpad owners, which is also based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. Since the XOOM is not yet officially available to the general masses, no one knows whether the APK works or not. Interested users can download the Flash 10.1 APK optimized for Honeycomb tablets from here.
Earlier, it was believed that the XOOM and other Android 3.0 based tablets won’t get Flash support until spring 2011. However, Adobe has busted all the rumors in a blog post which states that some Honeycomb tablets will actually ship with Flash 10.2 pre-installed. For other tablets like the Motorola XOOM, an OTA update will soon be rolled out by the company within weeks of Android 3.0 devicesbecoming available to the public.
Hopefully, Adobe will keep its word and release Adobe Flash 10.2 for the XOOM and other Tegra 2 based Honeycomb tablets soon.
As expected, Sony Ericsson unveiled a number of suitably eye-catching Android handsets, including the PlayStation branded Xperia Play, at the MWC. However, there was a glaring omission in its lineup. In a year in which every other company is busy announcing new tablets (mostly powered by Android), Sony didn’t even mention the T-word. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have something cooking for us tablet aficionados.
Engadget has learnt that Sony is busy customizing Android Honeycomb’s interface for a tablet that is being internally called the S1. According to its sources, the S1 might very well be the best looking thing Sony has ever produced. Unlike other tablets in the market, the S1 will feature a “wrap” design that mimics an open paperback book. Sony hopes that this design innovation will make the tablet more personal besides making typing on the keyboard and consuming multimedia content easier.
The S1 is expected to feature a 9.4″ display with a resolution of 1280×800 px, and will be powered by nVidia’s Tegra 2 chip. Engadget has also confirmed that it will be PlayStation certified. Besides that it will include a Bravia media remote, an IR port, and come preloaded with PSX (PlayStation One) games. The tablet will also heavily leverage Sony’s Qriocity, which is a streaming music, games, e-books and video on demand service.
While nothing is set in stone yet, Engadget believes that the Wi-Fi version of the tablet will cost $599, and is expected to ship in September.
According to Google, Android 3.0 Honeycomb is aimed only at tablets with the future version of Android updates bringing some features of Honeycomb to mobile. However, unofficially the Honeycomb SDK has already been ported to the EVO 4G and some popular Android handsets from HTC. A guy with the username t3haxx0r has ported the Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK to the EVO 4G.
As of now, the build is quite buggy but at least it will be able to provide users with a sneak peek’ of what the latest version of Android will bring. Nearly nothing on the port works including radios, hardware buttons and the ROM is quite sluggish as well.
Here is a video of Android 3.0 Honeycomb in action on the EVO 4G :
t3haxxor and some other developers are also working on a Honeycomb port for the Droid Incredible as well as for the Desire HD.
Below is a video of the Honeycomb SDK port in action on the Desire HD :
HTC Desire HD owners can download the Honeycomb SDK port for their phone from here, while EVO 4G owners can download the port for their handset from here.
Recently, we posted the Dell’s leaked smartphone roadmap, which revealed some of the upcoming Android Ice Cream and Windows Phone 7 based smartphones. And now, the guys at Android Central shared the leaked slide of the Dell’s 2011 tablet roadmap. According to the roadmap, Dell will launch 4 Android powered tablets and 2 Windows based tablets, ranging from 5 inch to 10 inch touchscreen display. The codenames of Android based tablets are Gallo, Sterling, Opus One and Silver Oak, while the codenames of Windows based tablets are Rosemount and Peju.
Dell Gallo is the company’s first Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) powered tablet with 10 inch touchscreen display. On the other hand, Dell Sterling is a 7 inch tablet powered by the same operating system. Dell Gallo is expected to launch in April 2011, while the Dell Sterling will be available during Q4 of 2011.
Dell is not only planning to launch Android Honeycomb based tablets, but the company is also planning to launch Windows 7 and Windows 8 based tablets. Dell Rosemount is a 10 inch tablet with 1366 x760 pixels HD display. Rosemount runs on the Windows 7 operating system. Dell Peju is the company’s first tablet which runs on the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Dell Peju also features a large 10 inch touchscreen display. Rosemount is expected to launch in June 2011, while the Windows 8 based Dell Peju will arrive next year. Dell Peju might be showcased next year at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas.
Dell Opus One and Silver Oak are Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) based tablets, but the Opus One comes with a 5 inch touchscreen display, while the Silver Oak comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display. Both the Opus One and Silver Oak will be arriving next year. These tablets are also expected to be showcased at the CES 2012, along with the Dell Peju tablet.
Are you excited about the Windows 8 powered tablet? Or you will go ahead with the Android powered tablets? Let us know your views, in the comments below.
The original Galaxy Tab may have got lukewarm reception but this has not stopped Samsung from announcing a bigger version of the Tab the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This bigger Tab from Sammy is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset and packs a 10.1-inch screen with WXGA (1280×800) resolution. The tablet weighs only 599 grams and is only 0.4-inch thick. The back of this 10.1-inch Tab sports an 8MP camera with AF and LED flash while the front has a 2MP camera for video calling. The Tab will be capable of recording as well as playing back 1080p videos. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, SIM card slot, GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. Sadly, the tablet lacks a mini-HDMI port as well as a micro-USB port. It features the same proprietary port from Samsung as found on the original Tab. Thankfully, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a Google Experience device and thus runs on stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The tablet will be available in capacities of 16 GB and 32GB. It will be powered by a 6860mAh battery. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to be available in Europe and Asia by March. Sadly, Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing of the tablet expect saying that it will be competitive.
LG might have had a pretty miserable 2010 but the Korean company is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that 2011 turns out to be a decent year for them. The company announced their line-up of Android handsets and tablets even before the beginning of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in just a few hours.
LG announced the Optimus 3D which sports a dual-core 1 GHz OMPA4 processor and features 3D as well. The 4.3-inch display on the device is capable of displaying 3D content without the need of glasses. The dual-8MP cameras at the back are capable of snapping stereoscopic pics as well as 3D videos in full HD resolution.
Other than the Optimus 3D, LG also announced their Android based tablet the Optimus Pad. The Optimus Pad is the European variant of the T-Mobile branded LG G-Slate. The tablet has an 8.9-inch screen with a resolution of 1280×768 and can display 3D content as well (with glasses, though). The Pad is also capable of recording 3D videos and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset.
The Optimus 3D and the Optimus Pad both feature a mini-HDMI port, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer and other relevant sensors along with a 3.5mm audio jack. LG will announce other relevant details about the Optimus 3D and the Pad when the MWC kicks-off.
Rumors of the LG Optimus Pad, an Android tablet by LG first started circulating in October 2010. Details of the LG T-Mobile G-Slate were also leaked a few weeks back. Today, we have more details of the Optimus Pad. It seems that it’s identical to the T-Mobile G-Slate, but will be available worldwide.
A leaked press release by Hankyung reveals the launch details as well as the hardware specifications for the LG Optimus Pad. It will have an 8.9 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 3D support as well as multitouch capabilities. It will have a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels.
It will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and will come with a dual core processor, and will likely have 1 GB RAM.
It will also have a 5 MP camera with dual LED flash and a front facing camera. It will have 32 GB internal storage and should come with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS etc. It also has a 6400 mAh standard Li-ion battery powering it. It will run the latest version of the Android OS – Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which has been designed specifically for tablets, probably with a customized UI shell. It will be unveiled officially at MWC 2011, on February 13. Stay tuned for more MWC 2011 related coverage on Techie-Buzz.
Google just gave everyone present (physically) and watching the event live via YouTube a brief overview of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. First and foremost, Android 3.0 will feature an on-screen button dedicated to Multi-tasking. The new home screen on the Honeycomb features new kind of widgets that can be used by developers to pop-up important messages, right on the home screen.
Hugo demonstrated the new notification panel on Android 3.0 which is totally non-intrusive like on the Android version for mobile. The new notification system will even allow users to control apps running in the background like the Music player. Google has also built some templates which will allow developers to create new rich notification.
Hugo also said that any application that is built using the existing guidelines will run smoothly on Honeycomb as well. He demonstrated this by downloading running Fruit Ninja on a Motorola XOOM running Android 3.0. One major feature of Android 3.0 is that the 2D graphics is going to be completely hardware accelerated. Developers can accelerate the 2D animations on their app by simply adding one single line of code.
Hugo demonstrated the brand new GMail app tailor made for tablets along with the YouTube app which has a gorgeous 3D UI. The Music app on the Honeycomb looked stellar as well. Google also introduced us to a new application called the Google Body. Like the Google Maps, Google Body will allow users to view the parts of the human body and it even features Layers’.
Thomas Williamson from Wardrom Studios showed off Monster Madness and Great Battles Medieval on the XOOM. The game was ported over from the PS3 to Honeycomb using the same game assets and engine. The Great Battles Medieval was also able to fully utilize both the cores of the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.
Honeycomb will also sport a brand new camera app with a stunning UIwhich will allow users to control greater aspects of the camera. The new GTalk for Honeycomb will feature video chatting with some nifty features including image stabilization.