It seems like just yesterday that Google rolled out Android 2.2 Froyo to consumers, and some have yet to receive it on their handsets, but The Big G isn't stopping now. Details appear to have leaked regarding the next iteration of the Android operating system, codenamed Gingerbread. Phandroid has gotten the information, along with a blurry cam shot, and it's all about refining the UI.
The source is reporting that all the system and notification icons have been redesigned to look more processional and clean. This includes everything from the notification icons, to the home screen shortcuts. The notification bar now appears to be a slate grey, as opposed to the off-white it is now. Beyond that, there is a more unifying influence in the UI. Most of the system apps are getting a redesign in order to make them more cohesive. Many of the warm orange UI elements have been replaced with green, and this is evident throughout the system.
Rumors also indicate some refinements to scrolling and other animations. Finally, Google may be building in full SIP and video calling support to the OS. This would make sense given the recent revamping of the Gmail-based Google Talk client. Do you think these predictions will come to pass?
What better way to kick off your day than with a brand new tablet rumor from arguably one of the most prolific rumor mongers out there – Digitimes? The Taiwanese site is now reporting that HTC plans to launch an Android-based tablet in the first quarter of 2011. HTC's tablet is likely to run Android 3.0 (aka Gingerbread), according to a typically terse Digitimes report, citing Taiwan-based component makers. Of course, this is not the first time HTC has featured in a tablet rumor. As per a separate rumor, the company is supposed to launch a Chrome OS-based tablet on Black Friday, November 26.
“For marketing tablet PCs, HTC will have an advantage thanks to its strong ties with Google and established cooperation with mobile telecom carriers around the world, the sources pointed out, adding that if the performance and quality of the new device is on par with its smartphones, continuous support from these strategic partners is expected,” reads the report.
Android is expected to be a force to be reckoned with in the tablet market and some of the upcoming Android-based tablets have already generated a fair amount of buzz. But Hugo Barra, director of products for mobile at Google, reckons Android, in its current avatar (Froyo), is not “optimized for use on tablets.”
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is being seen as an iPad rival, but to Barra it is nothing more than a supersized smartphone. "Android is an open platform. We saw at IFA 2010 all sorts of devices running Android, so it already running on tablets,” Barra told TechRadar.
"But the way Android Market works is it's not going to be available on tablets that don't allow devices and applications to run correctly. If you want Android market on that platform, the apps just wouldn't run, [Froyo] is just not designed for that form factor.”
Point taken, but isn't the iPad a supersized iPhone?