Although it does not really work yet. So do not get hyped yet.
XDA member deeper-blue ported the preview SDK version of the next iteration of Google’s mobile OS Android 3.0 on the Barnes & Noble eBook reader, the NOOKColor. Android 3.0, codenamed Honeycomb has been developed with tablets in mind. This means that when properly streamlined and optimized for tablet computers, Honeycomb will take the mobile computing scene to newer heights.
Deeper-blue initially described his port of Honeycomb on his NOOKColor kernel as a zombie. That was because although the system booted and ran fine, there was no touch input or hardware acceleration. Soâ€¦ not only was it incredibly slow, it could not have been useful at all.
However deeper-blue managed to hack away at the code and managed to get the touch input, orientation sensor and even the graphics libraries in order. So, for now, the NOOKColor can be used to some extent.
Needless to say, he/she has the entire XDA forum (composed mostly of geeks, technophiles, hackers and other synonyms for technology-lovers) drooling. If deeper-blue manages to successfully port Honeycomb on the NOOKColor, it could very well be the cheapest Android 3.0 tablet in existence as well as being the only Android 3.0 tablet in existence, for now. Ha!
It was during the CES 2011, that Google gave us a sneak peek of the next version of Android Honeycomb which is aimed at tablets. Now, Google has sent out invites to bloggers from around the globe for an Android related event.
The event is going to be held on Feb 2 i.e. this coming Wednesday at the Google’s Headquarters in Mountain View, California. The event will start from 10AM PT until 1 PM PT but the main’ event will only be of 90 minutes.
Google is going to give everyone present at the event a live hands-on demo of the Android 3.0 tablet along with an in-depth look at Honeycomb and will talk about the future of Android. For people, who won’t be able to go to the event, Google is going to help them by streaming the event live on YouTube. The event will be streamed live here. Kudos to Google for this awesome move!
It was only a few days ago that Google released the Android 3.0 Honeycomb Platform highlights along with an updated SDK which gave users a look at what all changes Honeycomb will incorporate. The first few sneak peeks’ of Android 3.0 Honeycomb have been impressive and has left people wanting for more of Honeycomb.
Hopefully, people who will get the live hands-on demo of Android 3.0 at the event will be able to satisfy their hunger. For others, wait till the Motorola XOOM hits the retail stores.
During the CES 2011, Google’s latest version of Android meant for tablets Honeycomb grabbed the limelight with its awesome UI and features. Now, today Google has released an Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform preview which lists some of the major changes which will be brought about by the OS.
First and foremost, the UI of Honeycomb has been developed from the ground up for tablets unlike iOS, where the OS was ported from the iPhone to the iPad. The highly appreciated and loved Notification bar’ has been re-vamped to System bar’ in Honeycomb and is now located at the bottom of the screen.
Along with this, the internal applications like the Browser, Gallery, Camera and Email have been updated to sport new features and to take full advantage of the bigger screen. The text selection, copy and paste method along with the Keyboard have been improved in Honeycomb as well.
For developers, Honeycomb includes a new animation framework that will easily allow animating the various UI elements. It also includes a new DRM framework, support for HTTP Live streaming and support for digital media transfer. One major change in Android 3.0 is that the 2D graphics will be hardware accelerated. This will not only help in improving the system performance but will also help the developers to create much better graphics intensive applications.
Android 3.0 will also bring in support for multi-core processors and support for new enterprise policies like encrypted storage, password expiration and password history etc. Readers can read the whole Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform highlights here.
I hope that some of these changes will be incorporated in the future version of Android for mobiles as well especially the hardware accelerated 2D graphics feature.
Along with this, Google has also released a new version of their SDK which includes the new API for Android 3.0 and other enhancements. This will allow developers to make sure that their apps are compatible with the latest tablets running on Honeycomb.
However, 2011 will see a lot more new tablets coming into the market and the iPad will definitely have more competition. So which are the tablets that you can look forward to in 2011? Here is a list of top 5 tablets which you can buy in 2011.
Apple iPad 2
Well, iPad was a run-off success; however, it did lack quite a few features including a camera. In 2011 (most likely in April), Apple will announce the iPad 2. It is rumored to do away with the home button and replace everything with multi-touch gestures, similar to what you would see on a Mac.
iPad 2 is also rumored to have a camera which can be used to record videos and video chat using Facetime. Rumors also suggest that the next generation of iPad will feature a Retina Display’. Users should also expect the iPad 2 to sport a dual-core processor which should be easily able to play back 1080p videos.
What users should not expect the iPad 2 to feature is the support for Adobe Flash. The iPad 2 will be running on a new iOS version which might include some basic photo and video editing capabilities as well. Expect Apple to set the bar so high with the iPad 2 that rest of the manufacturers will be playing the catch-up game for the rest of the year.
The Motorola Xoom was definitely the best tablet announced during the CES 2011. The Xoom is expected to hit the stores sometime in May as a 3G+WiFi tablet, with an upgrade to 4G LTE sometime later in 2011 in the States. However, now it looks like Motorola will ship a Wi-Fi only version of the Xoom as well.
Motorola’s Latin America General Manager, Maurizio Angelone has told Infobae that Motorola will ship the WiFi only version of the Xoom a whole month before the 3G+WiFi version of the device hit the stores.
The Motorola Xoom features a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1280×800. The tablet is based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform which includes a dual-core Cortex A9 based 1 GHz processor. The back of the tablet sports a 5MP camera with dual-LED flash while there is a 2MP camera in the front for video calling. The Xoom runs on the tablet version of Android Honeycomb. Readers can find out the whole specs of Motorola Xoom here.
In other Xoom related news, Motorola expects the Xoom to set the sales chart on fire. According to DigiTimes, the company has ordered 800,000-900,000 units of the Xoom with four varying colors. The company expects the order of the Xoom to reach as high as a million in the first quarter of 2011.
Last week, Motorola announced the much awaited, Android Honeycomb powered Xoom tablet at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This tablet is expected to release in the Q1 of 2011, but the company has not announced the price of this device. Handtec, a popular online retailer in the UK have already listed the price of the device on their website. According to the retailer, Motorola Xoom tablet will be available in the UK for £719.99 (approx. $1100).
Motorola Xoom comes with a 10.1 inch touchscreen display, 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and more.
Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, micro USB 2.0, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID, 3G Connectivity, 4G LTE upgradeable, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback, 32GB internal memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM and up to 10 hour video playback.
The cost of the device, after excluding the VAT is just £599.99 (approx. $930). Are you willing to buy this device? Or planning to buy the Android Gingerbread powered ASUS Eee Pad Slider tablet? Let us know your views in the comments below.
Looks like LG and T-Mobile could not stand all the attention the XOOM tablet from Motorola was getting and, so they released their G-Slate tablet before LGs official event. The G-Slate tablet will be available on T-Mobile network and is made by LG. The tablet features 4G and runs on Android 3.0.
“LG is dedicated to continuing its role as an innovation leader and is thrilled to announce its entry into the tablet marketplace with the G-Slate,” said Jeff Hwang, president of LG Mobile Phones. “Streamlining everyday tasks and enhancing entertainment with blazing fast 4G speed, the T-Mobile G-Slate by LG will deliver the latest in Android technology and provide users with an advanced tablet experience.”
Sadly, LG did not mention anything about the internal specification of the tablet in their press release. However, they did release a bunch of videos of the tablet.
Here are a couple of videos featuring the T-Mobile G-Slate :
First look of LG’s T-Mobile G-Slate
From the videos, it is clear that the G-Slate has a front video camera. In all possibility, the G-Slate will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and pack in 1GB of RAM.
However, we need to wait until LG’s press conference tomorrow before the specs of the G-Slate can be confirmed.
Motorola finally announced its much awaited tablet, the Motorola Xoom at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This device runs on the Google’s latest Android OS (Honeycomb), optimized for tablets. Motorola Xoom comes with a large 10.1 inch touchscreen display, NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 4G LTE upgradeable, Full HD (1080p) video playback and more. This device allows you to access more that 3 million Google eBooks. Check out the complete specs below.
Motorola XOOM is a powerful addition to Verizon’s product lineup and builds on our combined leadership with Motorola to deliver innovative mobile devices and service on the Android platform. Motorola XOOM gives consumers complete access and control of their favorite personal content and work files whether through our nationwide 3G network, or through our lightning-fast 4G LTE network as it rolls out around the country,said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.
Motorola Xoom Specifications:
10.1 inch touchscreen display
1280 x 800 pixels resolution
Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash
2 megapixel front-facing camera
3.5mm headset jack
micro USB 2.0
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID
4G LTE upgradeable
HD (720p) video recording
Full HD (1080p) playback
32GB internal memory
SD card support
1GB DDR2 RAM
Up to 10 hour video playback
The Motorola Xoom device will launch as a 3G/Wi-Fi enabled device in Q1 2011 with an upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2. Starting in Q2 2011, the Motorola Xoom will be a 4G LTE/Wi-Fi- enabled device. The price of this tablet is not announced yet.
Google is working hard to get Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb out to manufactures. The next generation Android OS which will be used to create and run tablets will be released in the next few months.
However, it looks like someone at Google slipped a bit and posted a video on YouTube, which showed the Honeycomb UI in action. TechCrunch writer Devin managed to watch the video before it was taken down. However, the video is now all over the internet.
Here are some of the screenshots of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. From the looks of it, it is definitely something worth waiting for.