Logitech Revue Android 3.1 Honeycomb Update Rolling Out Now

Back in late October, Google announced that it will finally start rolling out the much awaited Honeycomb update for devices running Google TV. The update was first meant to be rolled out to Google TV devices manufactured by Sony, and then to the Logitech Revue, which has been a disastrous product for the company.

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Today, Logitech has finally announced via a blog   post that the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update for the Revue will start rolling out from this week onward. For the unknown, the Honeycomb update for the Revue brings with it lots of changes, including access to the Android Market. At the moment, 50 apps are specifically available for Google TV on the Android Market, including Google’s own Music app.

The whole UI has also been refreshed, and makes browsing through content much easier. The in-built Google Chrome browser has also been updated to the latest version, and brings enhanced search capabilities and keyboard navigation along with support for Adobe Flash 10.2.

Logitech Revue users will automatically get the update when they start their device next time. New Revue owners will get the update when they activate their device. Revue owners can find more info about the update here.

Samsung Announces The Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE

Samsung recently announced a new LTE version of its popular tablet, the Galaxy Tab 8.9. It is the company’s third tablet device and it runs on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System, which is specially designed for tablet devices. The original Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 comes with different connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G, Bluetooth 3.0 and MicroUSB, but the new Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE comes with an added LTE connectivity option.

“With the introduction of GALAXY S II LTE and GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE, we will take the capabilities of these devices to a whole new level. LTE redefines the user experience made possible by these devices and opens entirely new possibilities in terms of content viewing, sharing, quality and connectivity,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE features a 8.9 inch WXGA display, 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual core application processor, Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) OS, Samsung TouchWiz UX, 3 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) video playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0 and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Adobe Flash Player 10.2, Gyroscope, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Quickoffice HD Editor, Stereo Speaker, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, LTE Connectivity, Android Market, Social Hub, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Samsung Mini Apps Tray and a 6000 mAh battery.

Theoretically, the LTE technology allows you to download files at speeds of up to 100 Mbps and upload at speeds of up to 50 Mbps. It means that you can download an entire film in less than two minutes. The LTE variant of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 measures just 8.6mm and weighs only 455g. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE will be showcased at the IFA 2011, along with the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE.

Motorola XOOM Android 3.1 Honeycomb Update Rolling Out in Europe

Motorola has finally deemed the XOOM owners in Europe worthy enough for a software update. While XOOM owners in the U.S. started receiving the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update this weekend, European owners will be getting the Android 3.1 HC update now.

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The Android 3.1 Honeycomb update mainly aims at improving the core stability of the apps, along with improvements in 2D rendering. The update also brings scrollable widgets, and removes the 5 app limit from the multi-task switcher.

Motorola is rolling out the update in stages, so it will take quite some time before some XOOM owners get the update. I am talking about weeks and not days here.

I guess XOOM owners should not even think about the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update before in the next couple of months. Impatient XOOM owners in Europe can always head over to XDA forums, and download and install the Android 3.2 Honeycomb ROM.

The XOOM was the first Android tablet to launch with Honeycomb on-board. However, it is among the slowest tablets out there to get updated to the latest version of Honeycomb. The most popular Android tablet, Asus EeePad Transformer, got its Android 3.2 Honeycomb update a couple of weeks ago!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O Edition Android 3.1 Honeycomb Update Rolling Out Now

Samsung has started rolling out the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O edition tablets. Samsung and Google gave these tablets as gifts to each of the Google I/O attendees.

The Android 3.1 Honeycomb update for the Tab 10.1 brings some much needed performance and stability improvements. The update also brings new features like USB host functionality, unlimited number of apps in the multi-tasking pane, inline HTML5 playback and the ability to resize widgets.

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The update also adds the Google Books app, and removes some apps like the Amazon, Kindle, Samsung Apps, Music Hub and WeatherBug. Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O edition owners, who have rooted their device, need not worry as the update preserves your root access.

Users who have not got the OTA update notification, can manually pull the update from Samsung’s server by going to About Tablet> Software Updates option. Users also need to create a Samsung account, before they can download and install the OTA update. Tab owners should make sure that they have not encrypted the data on their device, before installing the update.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O edition is also slated to receive an update in the future, which will replace the stock Android installation on the device with TouchWIZ 4.0.

Asus Transformer Android 3.1 Honeycomb Update Leaks

The Asus Transformer is a pretty popular Android Honeycomb based tablet, thanks to its dock able keyboard. The tablet is out of stock at almost all major stores and online retailers.

When Google announced the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update, Asus stated that the Transformer will get the update sometime in early June. Now, for the impatient Transformers users, the Android 3.1 update has leaked on the Internet. Apparently, the leaked update is the final build!

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Asus Transformer users, who flashed the update on their tablet, report an increase in performance, some bug fixes, and major improvement in the 3D performance of the tablet. The Android 3.1 update for the Transformer will also bring USB host capabilities, better HTML5 rendering, resizable widgets on the home screen and   the task switcher is not limited to just five apps now.

The process to update the tablet to Android 3.1 is a pretty simple one. The required steps can be found here. The problem is that Asus has requested majority of forums to remove the leaked update. The update is still available in quite some websites, and a simple Google search will lead users to the required file.

Android 3.1 Honeycomb Announced; Supports Google TV As Well!

Google has just announced an updated version of Honeycomb –   Android 3.1 – at Google I/O.

The Android 3.1 Honeycomb update brings some nifty features and much needed changes. First and foremost, the task switcher in Honeycomb will now show an unlimited number of apps, unlike the previous limit of 5. The widgets are also resizable, according to a user’s needs.

There are also many new APIs being introduced by the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update for developers to take advantage of.     Motorola_XOOM

Another major change is the support for USB host. That is, users can simply plugin a USB keyboard, mouse etc. and use it with their Android Honeycomb based tablet. In fact, users can also use game controllers and card readers with their Honeycomb tablet.

Here is the twist in the tale – the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update will also be rolled out to Google TV owners. Yes, Google TV! The Android Market will also start listing Google TV compatible apps, sometime this year!

The Android 3.1 Honeycomb update is already being rolled out to Verizon’s XOOM (3G model). Other Android tablets owners need to wait longer, before they get the latest version of Honeycomb!