Honeycomb designer Matias Duarte hates task killers

With the release of Android Honeycomb approaching, Google exec and designer Matias Duarte has given some insight into what can be expected of the new Android platform.

Duarte’s main point seems to be that he doesn’t feel like users should do what a computer should, hence why Duarte dislikes Android task killers.

In an interview with Mobilized, Duarte had this to say:

“Managing the computing resources, deciding what takes up resident RAM, what takes up resident cycles,” Duarte said in an interview with Mobilized, “this is not a task we should ask humans to do, because, first of all, humans don’t do a very good job of it. They don’t have enough information and enough context.”

Although task killers are loved by some users and hated by others, one thing that most users can agree on is the unobtrusive but efficient notification system that Android devices have. Duarte says the notification features on Honeycomb will be even better.

Be sure to stay tuned here at TalkAndroid as more news becomes available from the Google Honeycomb event.

[via intomobile]

Honeycomb Browser to Support SVG

Given Google’s desire to push for better and better web apps, it was surprising that the Android browser didn’t support Scalable Vector Graphics. This set of XML markups added to graphics allows them to be searched, indexed, and compressed as needed. Nearly all desktop browsers support SVG, as well as the iPhone’s browser, Opera Mini, and the Firefox mobile beta browser. However, the Android browser has not had native support for SVG. Thankfully, it has been discovered that the browser built into Honeycomb WILL have support for this technology, so developers can make use of it in the apps they build for Android 3.0.

[via Google System Blog]

Archos 5 Tablets On Sale Today Only at Amazon.com – 500GB Half Price

Amazon.com has the Archos 5 500GB Android tablet on sale half-price today only. Normally $499, it’s now on sale for $239. The 32GB flash memory version, normally $379.99 is now 289.96. While these tablets don’t have the full range of Google apps, like Gmail, the market, and maps, and they only come with Android 1.6, they can be hacked in. They do each come with a 5-inch screen and an 800MHz CPU, which makes them very adequate tablets. Do a little reading up on them and see if they might be what you’re looking for, if you’re shopping for a tablet. And if you’ve been waiting for a good deal on this one, today is the day to pull the trigger!

[via Amazon]

Verizon Says Thunderbolt WILL Have Simultaneous Voice and Data, But Don’t Tell…

We’ve been looking forward to the Thunderbolt’s launch, because it looks like a very capable phone.  Verizon just leaked an internal document, however, that actually announced a couple of cool features that I’m sure a lot of you wanted to see.  They had been rumored, but we were skeptical.  According to a newly-leaked internal Verizon screenshot, the Thunderbolt WILL, as opposed to initial reports, include the wireless hotspot feature.  Also reported to be making a premier with the Thunderbolt is the ability to simultaneously use voice and data services.  This will be the first appearance of this capability on any CDMA device, although Verizon claims that they “cannot promise the experience will be one consistent with [their] brand,” and that reps are not to quote that a selling point of the device.  We’ll see how well it works out, but it’s certainly a nice first step!

[via Engadget]

Rumor Confirmed: LG Will Show Off a 3D Phone At MWC

We told you last week that LG was likely to introduce a 3D phone at the Mobile World Congress in just a few weeks. And while it’s hard to really know with the Android rumor mill being what it is, this one panned out to be true. LG just issued a press release stating exactly that.

Mobile World Congress will be held February 14th (happy Valentine’s Day!) to the 17th. The Optimus 3D, the first 3D mobile phone — featuring glasses-free technology at that — will be making its appearance in Barcelona in about two weeks. As soon as the news comes out, we’ll be bringing it to you! Full press release below.




3D Recording-Viewing-Sharing of Life’s Precious Moments Anytime, Anywhere

SEOUL, Feb. 1, 2011 – At this year’s Mobile World Congress, LG will unveil the LG Optimus 3D, the world’s first 3D smartphone offering consumers a full 3D experience right in the palm of their hands.

The LG Optimus 3D addresses the lack of 3D content issue — one of the biggest problems facing the 3D market — with a complete platform for a one-of-a-kind experience on a mobile device. LG’s most advanced smartphone to date will feature a dual-lens camera for 3D recording, a glasses-free LCD panel for 3D viewing and diverse connectivity options such as HDMI and DLNA for 3D content sharing anytime, anywhere.

Further details and a live demo of the LG Optimus 3D will be offered at Booth #8B178 at MWC in Barcelona from February 14 to 17.

Leaked Images of Gingerbread Running on Droid X

Obviously, here at TalkAndroid, we love our Android phones, and we always want the latest and greatest. Gingerbread started making an appearance on the Nexus line of phones a couple of months ago, and of course we’re eager to see it rolled out to the rest of the Android line. To that end, when we discovered some leaked shots of Gingerbread running on the Droid X, we considered it a promising development. And naturally, we wanted to share. Mydroidworld has some exclusive leaked pictures of the Droid X running Android 2.3, but they will not reveal how they came to run Gingerbread. Regardless, it could be a sign of good things ahead!

[via MyDroidWorld by way of Android Central]

Video of The Nook Color Running Honeycomb

As you may recall, last week on the XDA-Developers forums, user “deeper-blue” posted some photos of the Nook Color booting up with Honeycomb. Well, today, they’ve posted a video of the Nook Color not only booting Honeycomb, but running it rather well. Check it out:

This new video also features “graphics acceleration” that is “more or less working”. Sure, it’s a touch laggy, but considering all that the developer has done to get this far, it’s a pretty impressive achievement. We’ll bring you more on this as it develops.

[via Android Central]

LG Weather Widget from Optimus 2X Extracted, Available for Download

The weather widget in the new LG Optimus 2X is pretty slick. It has gotten a lot of attention, but sadly was tied specifically into that one phone, and LG never made it available for public consumption. However, XDA-Developers member Sony_Ericsson_X10 has found a way to pull the correct .apk file out of the Optimus 2X system dump files to make it work on any Android phone. The only caveat, as he mentions, is that default behavior is to take up the entire homescreen, so it’ll take a custom launcher like LauncherPro to resize the widget to take up only half — as seen in the picture above. If you’re looking for a new (pretty!) weather widget, head over to XDA and give it a try. Let us know your thoughts!

[via XDA]