Before you settle on a Galaxy Tab, know that Samsung is readying a larger, more functional tablet built around Google's Android 3.0 platform. Samsung, in partnership with Vodafone, announced the next generation Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Korea on Sunday, and there's a lot that has us salivating. In addition to Honeycomb, it will sport a bigger screen and a faster processor. More specs after the break.
Motorola and Android have thrived in each other’s company ever since the Droid happened. Both Google and Motorola are probably banking on that tried and tested partnership to pay off once again, this time in the tablet market. A lot of people believe an attractive price would go a long way to ensuring the success of the Motorola Xoom. So how much will you need to pay for the upcoming Android Honeycomb-running tablet?
Until Motorola speaks up and announces an official launch date, we're left to the mercy of Internet leaks, reports, and rumors as to when the company's Xoom tablet will see the light of day. One of Engadget's tipsters, for example, had the Xoom pegged for a February 17, 2011 release date and the Internet ran with it. Courtesy of a Facebook post by Best Buy's Grand Rapids South's store, it now looks like the launch date will come one week later.
Developers at Android had a live demonstration this morning straight out of Google headquarters, showing off some of the new features that will be included in the "tablet optimized" Honeycomb OS slated for release later this year. This included announcements from big name developers like Disney, who have confirmed three apps developed for Android, including the very popular Tap Tap Revenge.
Other announcements included a regulated currency system, allowing developers to assign multiple currencies to their products, eliminating potential confusion on the buyer end. The Android Market can now be accessed online, anytime, and can be used to manage apps and find new ones.
Another interesting reveal: In-App purchasing, which will essentially allow developers to provide users with in-app currency. As an example, a Disney developer purchased and played a song in Tap Tap Revenge without ever leaving the game's interface.
To end the presentation, developers used Google Talk to chat with performer Cee Lo Green about the upcoming Grammys. Other announcements from Google included 3D-enabled Google Maps, tablet optimized Gmail, and "millions of books on the go" with Google eBooks. Check out a quick run down of Honeycomb's new features at www.youtube.com/android (sorry, they won't let us embed the video).
To say that CES 2011 was tablet mania would be a bit of an understatement. In fact, it would probably take us less time to list off the companies that weren’t showing off an Android powered slate, but even in a crowd the Motorola Xoom stood apart. While the competition was stuck running video of pre-rendered Honeycomb screens, Motorola was bragging about its limited exclusive, announcing they would be the first to market with Google’s new tablet optimized OS. Q1 2011 was the only word they would give at the time, but according to an Engadget tipster the hard launch is now set for February 17th at a Best Buy near you.
In addition to being the first tablet to offer Honeycomb, Engadget has also confirmed that the first shipping models will come with 32GB of onboard storage and will be priced at $699. That’s a pretty good bargain when you consider it is also packing a dual core Tegra 2, and features support for Flash 10.2 right out of the box. If you’re looking for an iPad alternative things are finally starting to look up, but if the price sounds just a bit too steep, try to hang in there until Q3/Q4. By then there will be so many Android tablets on the market they will probably give them away in the mail along with samples of Tide.
Remember how the iPad was submerged under tons of ridicule for a variety of reasons even before its release? Of course, you remember it all. The fact is a lot of people simply can’t miss an opportunity to poke fun at the Cupertino-based iEverything vendor. As for its competitors, they just love it even more. Now, Toshiba is mocking those visiting its tablet site from iOS-based devices by reminding them just how big a handicap the lack of Flash can be.
This is the message that greets iDevice users: “Such a shame. Add this to the list of interesting places on the Internet you can’t see on your device. Of course, if you had a Toshiba Tablet, you would enjoy the entire Internet. Yep, Flash sites too.”
Toshiba’s tablet will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC and run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. However, iPad owners need to wait a few more months if they wish to switch to Toshiba’s 10.1-inch.
The Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet Motorola unveiled last week at CES 2011 in Las Vegas is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2011. Xoom, as the upcoming tablet is called, not only grabbed quite a few eyeballs but was also adjudged the best gadget at the official Best of CES awards and best tablet at Maximum Tech’s FTW awards. The initial buzz certainly must be heartening for Motorola.
Thanks to Digitimes’ sources at “upstream component makers,” we can actually quantify Motorola’s initial sales expectations. According to the site’s sources, the mobile device maker has already placed orders for around 700,000-800,000 units, with every possibility of the eventual order for the first quarter touching the one million units mark.
Some of the first tablets built around Google's much anticipated Android "Honeycomb" platform will likely come from Motorola, Samsung, and HTC. Citing industry sources, DigiTimes says the search giant is giving priority to these three companies for cooperation to develop slates around the first version of Android intended specifically for tablet computing.
Honeycomb was built from the ground up for tablets, and from what we've seen, it definitely shows. Google posted a teaser video this week of Honeycomb in action, and while it's still Android, it's Android like you've never seen it before.
Being one of the first out the door with a Honeycomb tablet could prove a major advantage, and a major disadvantage for those left waiting in the wings. DigiTimes says Compal Electronics "tried in vain to cooperate with Google" on a Honeycomb tablet for 2010, but Google instead has given priority to handset makers.
New news emerges from the tablet-fiasco that is CES, as Motorola took some time out of their day to give our Editorial Director Jon Phillips a first look at their new 10.1' Android tablet.
The sleek device, which was designed using the new Honeycomb OS (Android 3.0), will feature a Tegra 2 SOC dual core processor, and will be HTML 5 and Adobe Flash 10.2 ready right out of the box. The Xoom will also feature a 2MP camera up front (for video chatting, no doubt) and a 5MP rear camera with a dual LED flash built in. Don't take our word for it though, take a look at the video straight off the CES showroom below.
Google posted a video promo of its upcoming Android 3.0 OS (Honeycomb) a little prematurely, and though the sultan of search tried pulling it offline, it's a futile effort trying to hide anything in cyberspace. The video is back up again, and it shows the next-generation OS in all its tablet-y goodness.
"Honeycomb is the next version of the Android platform, designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets," Google stated in a blog post. "We've spent a lot of time refining the user experience in Honeycomb, and we've developed a brand-new, truly virtual and holographic user interface. Many of Android's existing features will really shine on Honeycomb: refined multitasking, elegant notifications, access to over 100,000 apps on Android Market, home screen customization with a new 3D experience, and redesigned widgets that are richer and more interactive. We've also made some powerful upgrades to the Web browser, including tabbed browsing, form auto-fill, syncing with your Google Chrome bookmarks, and incognito mode for private browsing."
If you weren't all that impressed with Android as a tablet OS up to this point, you will be after sneaking a peak of this video. The Android DNA is evident, but it's been polished for tablets and finally looks primed to take on the iPad.
Check it out below and then hit the jump and tell us what you think!