Items tagged with Honeycomb

If you want a graphic view of how poorly Android tablets are selling, look no further than Google's own graph of Android version distribution. The company occasionally updates a dashboard that breaks down the "market share" of all known versions of Android, and the latest one shows that most folks are running 2.2, as we would have expected, but also that Android 3.x, meaning Honeycomb tablets, have almost no uptake. Android 2.2 or Froyo is present on 59.4 percent of handsets. Meanwhile, 2.3 is on 18.6 percent of handsets, and 2.1 is still on 17.6 percent of handsets. The sad news is that Android 3.x, meaning Honeycomb based tablets like the LG G-Slate and Motorola Xoom is only on 0.9 percent... Read more...
As a long-time competitor in the desktop and laptop space, Acer recently began competing against other Android tablet manufacturers with the launch of its Acer Iconia Tab A500. This 10.1-inch tablet is the company's first in the new Acer Iconia family of tablets. Like many other Android-powered tablets, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 features a multi-touch screen and under the hood, you'll find a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile dual-core SoC with an integrated GeForce GPU... Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android Tablet Review... Read more...
As a long-time competitor in the desktop and laptop space, Acer recently began competing against other Android tablet manufacturers with the launch of its Acer Iconia Tab A500. This 10.1-inch tablet is the company's first in the new Acer Iconia family of tablets. Like many other Android-powered tablets, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 features a multi-touch screen. Under the hood, you'll find a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile dual-core processor along with an integrated GeForce GPU that is designed to deliver high FPS gaming, 1080p video, and faster browsing. Running on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), the Acer Iconia Tab A500 offers all of the multitasking and media playback options you've come to expect... Read more...
Toshiba plans to make its upcoming 10-inch tablet known as the Thrive available on July 10. The Thrive is a Wi-Fi only tablet that is expected to have a starting price of $429. The tablet will run on Android 3.1 Honeycomb. Unlike some tablets we've seen to date, the Thrive will feature a removable battery. Other key specifications for the Thrive include a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 along with front- and rear-facing cameras. The Thrive is expected to come in three variants: an 8GB model for $429, a 16GB model for $479 and a 32GB version for $579. The Thrive will offer a number of connectivity ports, including a built-in HDMI out port, USB, mini USB and an SD card slot. Under... Read more...
Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Tab 10.1-inch tablet will go on sale on June 8 for a starting price of $499 for the 16GB model. However, even though the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available starting on June 8, it will only be available at Union Square in New York. For the rest of us, we'll have to wait until June 17 to get our hands on the tablet. Samsung plans to ship the tablet with Android 3.1. Other key features include a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 800. The tablet weighs about 1.25 pounds. Samsung has also said that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will receive a series of over-the-air upgrades sometime after launch that will make... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks Dave, Iyaz and Marco discuss Android 3.1 becoming available for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, AMD's new FirePro V7900 and V5900 Professional workstation-class Graphics cards, the Asus ET2400 all-in-one touchscreen desktop system, and how HTC has opened their bootloader back up to the masses. Oh, and we also disclose the details for our latest full system giveaway! Show Notes: 00:59 - AMD FirePro V7900 and V5900 Professional Graphics 02:39 - Android 3.1 Tested On The Asus Eee Pad Transformer 06:25 - HTC Kills Bootloader Lock Policy 10:15 - Asus 2400ET All-In-One Touch Desktop Review... Read more...
Asus has dropped news this morning of what could be considered the showstopper of Computex 2011 in Taipei Taiwan. With all the buzz this past year has brought to the smartphone and tablet space, it's actually surprising it took this long for a major player to step up with the almost too obvious innovation of combining both products together.  Motorola enjoyed some lime light with netbook dockable Atrix 4G smartphone but now Asus is turning heads with a product dubbed the Padfone. And yes, they're spelling it the cool way, with the letter "f" and all. Powered by what looks like Android Honeycomb but what is rumored to likely to end up being Ice Cream Sandwich by the time the product ships... Read more...
In our recent detailed coverage of Asus' ever-fab, Editor's Choice-winning Eee Pad Transformer tablet, we told you that even better things lie ahead as Google rolls out their 3.1 release of Android Honeycomb.  Little did we know that roll-out would be coming sooner than later. Today, a buzzy, fuzzy little Bumble Bee floated a new Transformer firmware update our way, packing Honeycomb 3.1 in all its golden sweetness.  Quick on the up-take, we dropped the payload on to a microSD card faster than a hornet zipping around your Memorial Day weekend fruit salad bowl. Volume rocker up, while holding the power button down, we toggled into ROM boot mode and selected the update for installation. ... Read more...
No one really thought this was unexpected, right? With every new Android release, a slew of devices gets the upgrade. And with the revealing of Android 3.1 at Google I/O, we figured it was only a matter of time before a whole host of Android tablets received the 3.1 update. Sure enough, the first major point release following Honeycomb is now destined to hit Acer, Asus and t-Mobile tablets in the coming weeks / months, placing them a bit behind Motorola's Xoom. Android 3.1 adds adjustable widgets, better browsing performance and a few other minor adjustments. The Xoom was the lucky one to get it first, and since, Asus has confirmed that the Iconia A500 and Eee Pad Transformer will also be getting... Read more...
If reports from "reliable sources" are to be believed, pocket-lint is claiming ViewSonic will introduce the world's first 7-inch Honeycomb tablet at Computex at the end of this month.  The ViewSonic ViewPad 7x will be a new Android tablet in the company's lineup. It will sit above the current 7-inch ViewPad 7 but it won't replace it. The new ViewPad 7x will sport Google's tablet-friendly Android OS, better known as Honeycomb. Assuming ViewSonic launches the tablet at Computex, it will likely be the first 7-inch tablet announced with this OS. In addition to Honeycomb, the ViewPad 7x is expected to sport a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 chip as well as two cameras (front- and rear-facing), and HSPA+... Read more...
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet is a more complete Android-based tablet PC with a companion docking station that affords it the ability to act as an Android 3.0 Honeycomb-based netbook as well.  It's based on NVIDIA's powerful dual core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM and 16 - 32GB of internal storage.  If you were waiting for Android tablets to get "real," today might be a good day to finally take the plunge.  Here's a detailed look at the Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet PC and Netbook convertible...... Read more...
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, netbooks or larger devices.  And though Honeycomb has made great strides in an effort to enabling... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco discuss Intel's new 3D Tri-gate transistor technology, AMD's new 3.7GHz Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition processor, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Honeycomb-based tablet, the Digital Storm Enix small form-factor gaming PC, and details of how to win tickets to AMD's upcoming Fusion Developer's Summit... Show Notes: 01:10 - Intel Announces New 22nm 3D Tri-gate Transistors 06:00 - AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition CPU Review 08:20 - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Preview 12:22 - Digital Storm's Enix Gaming System Reviewed 14:30 - Win Tickets To The AMD Fusion Developers Summit... Read more...
Google recently launched Google Earth for Android tablets. With this announcement, Google Earth is now optimized for use on Android 3.0 aka “Honeycomb” tablets. This tablet-friendly version of Google Earth takes advantage of the tablet’s larger screen. It adds a new action bar on the top for access to functions such as search as well as the option to view layers and 3D buildings. Google Earth for Android tablets also provides the option to fly to your location, view Panoramio photos, and more. Google Earth optimized for Android-powered tablets Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM When we launched Google Earth in 2005, most of us were still using flip phones. At the time, the thought... Read more...
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