Items tagged with Android 3.0

Half-baked.  That would describe the large majority of Android-based tablets we've seen come through our test labs here at HotHardware thus far. Even Motorola's Xoom, though infused with Google's latest Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) release, felt like it could use a bit of polish in spots, though most of the refinement wouldn't need to come from the device so much as its operating system.  If you were wondering why Google was restricting the Marketplace on any device larger than 7 inches, the reason is simply that 2.X versions of Android were engineered with handsets in mind, not tablets,... Read more...
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet is one of the more interesting Android tablets on the market in that it has a keyboard docking station that essentially allows it to convert to an Android 3.0 Honeycomb-based netbook on the fly. Add to that a powerful dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and a reasonable MSRP of $399 (just the tablet, 16GB version) and the Transformer looks to be one of the best options currently for Android tablet solutions, for WiFi only solutions.   We're prepping a full, detailed performance review here in the coming days but we thought it would be nice to offer a... Read more...
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet is one of the more interesting Android tablets on the market in that it has a keyboard docking station that essentially allows it to convert to an Android 3.0 Honeycomb-based netbook on the fly. Add to that a powerful dual core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and a reasonable MSRP of $399 (just the tablet, 16GB version) and the Transformer looks to be one of the best options currently in Honeycomb tablets, for WiFi only solutions.  The Transformer has dual front and rear facing cameras (1.2MP and 5MP respectively), 1GB of on board memory, mini-HDMI output,... Read more...
Previously, we told you that analysts were expecting Motorola to report weak sales of its new Xoom tablet.  Now, the official numbers are out, and they're not as bad as some analysts predicted. In fact, during its first-quarter earnings report, Motorola said it shipped 250,000 Xoom tablets in the first month the device was available. The tablet, which was the first to ship with Google's Android Honeycomb OS, went on sale in late February. Although Motorola's sales numbers may not compare to Apple's initial numbers when shipping the iPad, the sales numbers for the Xoom are respectable. Over... Read more...
If you believed the pre-release hype, Motorola's Xoom was supposed to dash into the market and slay the iPad, ending Apple's tablet reign and ushering in a new era ruled by Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform. It all sounded like a solid plan, with Honeycomb being the first version of Android built from the ground up for tablets, but then something happened: the Xoom shipped. Perhaps equally important, so did the iPad 2, which boasted a faster processor, better graphics, more memory, a pair of cameras (albeit crappy ones), and a thinner and lighter profile. Meanwhile, Motorola's Xoom tablet... Read more...
Earlier this month, we told you the Acer Iconia Tab A500, the company's first 10.1-inch tablet in the new Acer Iconia family, would be available starting April 24. As promised, Acer has delivered this Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet on schedule. As you'll recall, the Iconia Tab A500 supports a resolution of 1280×800 on its 10.1-inch screen. The tablet is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 250 1GHz dual-core processor. It has 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of flash storage. There's also a microSD slot for additional storage. You'll find a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera on this... Read more...
Wyse Technology launched the latest version of its mobile virtualization app, PocketCloud for Android. With the new version 1.2, you’ll get a Honeycomb-inspired interface that is designed with the larger screen of tablets in mind. Some of the latest features include new layouts, navigation and user interface elements. The tablet-optimized version 1.2 also launches with the Auto Discovery feature out of beta. Auto Discovery makes setup using the PocketCloud Windows or Mac Companion as easy as logging in to a Web page. Wyse Extends Mobile Cloud Computing Leadership With the First Remote Desktop... Read more...
Acer announced its new Iconia Tab A500. This tablet is the company’s first 10.1-inch tablet in the new Acer Iconia family. It runs on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 250 1GHz dual-core processor and integrated GeForce GPU. The Iconia Tab A500 features a 5MP rear-facing camera with a flash. There is also a 2MP fixed-focused front-facing webcam for video conferencing and recording HD video. The tablet weighs 1.69 pounds. Acer claims you'll get up to eight hours of playback for casual games, eight hours of HD video playback, and 10 hours of Wi-Fi Internet browsing from... Read more...
Although a definite price and release date have yet to be announced, the Asus EEE Pad Transformer recently made a brief appearance on BestBuy.com. A short time later, the page was pulled from the site. While the page was available, it showed a price of $399.99, which would make it $100 cheaper than the least expensive iPad 2 and $200 less than the Motorola Xoom, which is currently the only Android 3.0 tablet on the market. Asus announced the EEE Pad Transformer tablet at CES in January. At the time, Asus promised the tablet would make its debut in the spring for a price somewhere between $400 and... Read more...
Honeycomb! It's real! Android 3.0 has been somewhat of a mystery over the past few months, but now that Google has confirmed its existence and Motorola has committed to shipping it on the Xoom tablet, there's just one more major piece of the puzzle: developers. Those developers are being given a huge gift today, as Google has released the final build of the Honeycomb SDK. This simply means that developers of Android applications now have the final toolkit necessary to produce and publish apps to the Android Market that are tailored to work within the Android 3.0 framework. The new API level is... Read more...
Little things like work, money, and travel tend to get in the way of fun stuff. If that weren't the case, maybe you would have attended a Google event yesterday in which the search Goliath demonstrated its much anticipated Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system. We've seen some teaser videos of this potentially awesome OS before, but this is the first time Google has gone and gave an in-depth demo. Don't feel bad, we weren't in attendance either, but like you, we can watch the entire thing online. That's right, Google went and posted a high quality video of the event -- all 52 minutes and 55... Read more...
Well, it's not like Google had an awful lot to hide, but at least it's official now. The world has been wondering what exactly the future of Android would hold, and with Mobile World Congress around the corner, everyone was expecting an announcement by mid-February at the latest. Turns out Google let us in on a secret earlier than expected, by holding their own Android Event today on the West Coast. Honeycomb was officially announced today, and while some have wondered if Android 2.4 would be Honeycomb, it's now confirmed that Android 3.0 will be the version to hold that label. The new version... Read more...
Can you smell it in the air? It smells like a Honeycomb cooking, otherwise known as Android 3.0, which Google's trying to bake to perfection for the tablet space. The search titan has begun serving up samples of its next-generation OS to allow developers enough time to get acquainted with the new platform. "Today, we are releasing a preview of the Android 3.0 SDK, with non-final APIs and system image, to allow developers to start testing their existing applications on the tablet form-factor and begin getting familiar with the new UI patterns, APIs, and capabilities that will be available in Android... Read more...
Times change. Things change. Plans change. It's a fact of life, and even in the consumer electronics industry, the best laid plans can sometime fall off track. In recent months, Google stated that Froyo (Android 2.2) wasn't the ideal operating system for tablets. It was built for smartphones, and with companies simply dropping it onto tablets left and right, well…it leaves room for disappointment. Froyo was never built with a 10.1" panel in mind, and in early testing, we hear that it shows. Rather than battle with Samsung's Galaxy Tab, LG Electronics has decided to pull the plug on the idea... Read more...
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