Pie charts: admit it, you love them. Especially when they pertain to Android statistics. What’s that? You don’t? Well then… why don’t you have a seat right over there…
But, enough shenanigans. According to the latest poll of Android devices from the Android Developers Site, Froyo is holding strong as king of the Android hill, showing up on a whopping 59.4% of all Google-loving devices; However, that number is actually down from the previous 64.6 percent for the last couple weeks in June. The version picking up slack? Gingerbread, of course! Our tasty baked treat comes in at 18.6%, double what it was in the previously mentioned time frame. Honeycomb comes in at 0.9%.
What do you think of these numbers? Be sure to let us know what you would like to see on the latest devices in the comments below.
[via Android Developers Site]
ASUS definitely wants to be a big contender with Android. The Eee Pad Transformer is probably the most popular tablet and they have announced some interesting devices for later this year.
Now news has come out that they may be planning a 13-inch notebook and the power and pricing could be more attractive than the Transformer’s. This is strictly a rumor, but launch plans supposedly have already been made and it will pack a NVIDIA processor. For the processor itself, only quad-core ARM SOCs were mentioned. Could this be the Kal-El quad core chip that is expected in August?
We already know that the Kal-El has been installed in a Windows 8 prototype laptop so this is not out of the question.
Rumor has it that we might be seeing a lot of $299 notebooks with ARM-powered processors in the near future.
If you’ve been excited about the launch of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer…well, you apparently weren’t the only one, and we hope you’ve already grabbed yours. Amazon made the Transformer available for sale in the US early this morning…and was sold out within just a few minutes. Likewise, Target lists it as “unavailable” and BestBuy.com already has it showing up as “backordered.” We don’t know how many were made available for this first-round release, but apparently it was not enough to meet the demand for the product.
Honestly, this isn’t that surprising, given that it’s basically a Honeycomb tablet that docks onto a keyboard to make a nice laptop-like device when you want that experience. It’s a very cool device concept, and it’s priced at a VERY competitive $399. That is, if you can find one.
Stay tuned, we’ll keep you posted.
Earlier this week we brought to our readers attention that the Official Asus Eee Pad Transformer website goes live with full specs. Now just 4 days later, we’ve got new information on this innovative Android 3.0 device that can transform from pad to notebook mode with an optional keyboard docking station.
Asus has released the source code on their website for the Eee Pad Transformer TF101. So if this code is something you’ve been hoping for, head on over to the Asus site and grab it. But for now if you wanting to get your hands on the hardware you’re going to have to sit tight.
If you are looking to buy a tablet, you cannot tell me that you are not intrigued about the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. If you haven’t heard about it yet, it is a 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet with a NVIDIA dual core processsor. What makes it intriguing is that it has a physical keyboard dock. We have heard rumors about it being released on Amazon and at Best Buy next month for a price of $499.00. If this holds true, this might be the best Android tablet out there.
We have known about the Transformer for some time now, but they have officially released the full specifications.
Asus, the leading manufacturer of motherboards, has introduced a new device to add to their line of consumer products. This one is aptly named Transformer.
The name does seem appropriate, given it ability to transform. The 10.1″ display featuring LED backlighting at a 1280×800 resolution can be detached from the optional keyboard dock transforming it in to a portable compact tablet. I will also be sporting Android 3.0 Honeycomb which was designed for larger screen sizes in mind. This is just another device I’m sure we’d all like to get our hands on. Hopefully Google will soon release that tasty source code. Hit the break for the rest of the story.
According to DigiTImes, Intel is working with 6 to 8 notebook manufacturers to push into the Android tablet PC market. Among them are 2 Taiwanese companies, Inventec and Compal Electronics. It is expected that they will show some of the new devices at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing next Month. If R&D does not go well, they may hold off until later this year at the Computex Taipei.
It was also reported that Intel has been working with Google on the development of notebooks and netbooks. During the second half of 2011 Intel/Chrome OS solutions will be released. Samsung, Acer, and Asustek will be launching related models.
The good folks at Engadget are reporting that NEC has announced their first Android-based netbook. NEC’s LifeTouch Note runs Android 2.2, has a Tegra 2 CPU with a seven-inch backlit screen running at 840×400 resolution, a 2 MP camera, SD and SDHC card slots and GPS capabilities. According to the source article on Akihabara News, the LifeTouch Note will come in three flavors:
Also according to the source article, the WiFi only version weighs about as much as an iPad. On the software side, the LifeTouch Note includes NEC’s improved integration with photos in order to send them to SMS services, text or email in mere moments.
Prices of these range from 40,000 Yen (~$481) for the WiFi-only 4 GB model to 45,000 Yen (~$542) for the two models with 8 GB of memory each. No word as of yet on when they will be available for purchase in Japan — or elsewhere, for that matter — but we will keep you apprised.
Apparently the last 24 hours have led to some uncertainty at Acer regarding the intention of their tablets. It was widely reported yesterday that Acer was aligning their tablets to phase out their very popular netbook line. Presumably, the Taiwan sales manager yesterday stated that they “…are aimed at phasing out netbooks… That’s the direction of the market.” Acer’s netbooks have been quite successful, and while tablets seem to be the way of the future, does that mean that there is no longer a market for netbooks?
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