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]

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]

Motorola Xoom lands in Chad Ochocinco’s hands

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If it’s not some new commercial about zits with Justin Beiber, or Katy Perry, it’s something new with Chad Ochocinco. This time around, he’s the guy with his capable hands all over the new Motorola Xoom. You think their new Superbowl teaser ad has something to do with him getting one already? We’ll see this coming Sunday I guess, but Motorola is handing these out to celebrities in hopes they’ll keep the hype going for launch.

The image seen above is from Ochocinco’s Twitter where he tweeted that the Xoom is “pretty awesome” and that Motorola “won’t be getting this back!” Looks awesome Chad. We can’t wait.

[via @ochocinco, mashable]

Samsung Galaxy Tab sales “smooth” not “small”, return rate stays at 15%

It looks like even the big boys can make mistakes. Recently, the WSJ published that sales for the Samsung Galaxy Tab were “quite small”, which turns out to be a misquote. What should have been published is that Samsung’s Tab sales are “quite smooth” – a big difference for such a small word. Samsung tells consumers that sales still aren’t stunning, however; they say that sales right now are “OK”.

However, it looks like Samsung isn’t slipping their way out of the numbers game just yet, as reports are showing that the Galaxy Tab has a return rate of 15% – that’s 3 returned Tabs for every 20 sold. Not the best numbers, not by a long shot.

What do you think of Samsung’s execution of bringing the Tab to the consumer market? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

[via phandroid]

Tutorial: Properly convert videos for your Samsung Galaxy Tab

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is great for watching videos. With its 7″ high-resolution display, it makes anywhere you might be a mobile cinema. Just one problem: you want to get the most out of your videos on your Tab, but you just don’t know how to properly convert and encode videos so you get the best quality picture possible. Well, thanks to a tutorial over at xda-developers, you can put your mind at ease. According to xda member TheGrammarFreak:

Motorola Super Bowl Teaser Ad Released To Generate Buzz, Puts Apple’s iPad In The Crosshairs

The Super Bowl never fails to somehow deliver some of the best commercials seen all year around with some companies even shelling out cheddar in the millions.  Well, this is certainly not going to be a disappointment for those caught up in the mobile industry.  Motorola has released a teaser trailer of an up and coming commercial that will be released during the Super Bowl, taking aim at Apple’s iPad.  For me, it had remnants of the release of the Motorola Droid all over again.

The teaser does nothing short of portraying the fact that “its time for more choices” eluding that the Apple iPad isn’t the only contender on the block, as the Xoom steps in and gives it a run for its money.  Seems clever enough to me.  Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments below and hit the break to check out the teaser.  We’re highly looking forward to checking out the full spot during the Super Bowl.

LG G-Slate makes another video appearance on youtube

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Yes, the ever secretive LG G-Slate has made another sneaky appearance in a youtube video that you probably wouldn’t normally go to and watch. I’ll save you the pain of watching this video for over 4 minutes, and tell you this, skip right to 3:37 and watch until 3:47. The rest is not worth a migraine.

You’ll notice however that the LG has 2 cameras on the back though, which could mean that it shoots 3D video. Also, the nature of the youtube post the G-Slate shows up in is about 3D video editing. Just sayin.

[via youtube]

What Android Devices Are the TalkAndroid Staff Most Looking Forward To?

The last few months have seen a lot of announcements with regard to upcoming Android devices. We saw a lot of great stuff at CES, and will undoubtedly see a lot more at Mobile World Congress in the upcoming weeks. So, with all the upcoming devices that will be launching in the near future, what is your local TalkAndroid staff looking most forward to, and why? Read on.

Nook Color Gets A Taste Of Sweet Honeycomb

We’ve said this time and time again, is there anything the folks over at XDA can’t do?  The latest and greatest news to burst from the XDA community seems, comes from a developer who goes by the name “deeper-blue“.  Roughly two days after Google releases their Honeycomb SDK, blue and company manage to port it over to the ever popular, Nook Color.  On the initial port, blue has stated that touch input does not work, nor is there hardware acceleration.  He then added, later, that the touch input was working and he would continue working on the acceleration issues over the weekend.  

Samsung to Reveal Galaxy S 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 at Mobile World Congress?

Samsung has been teasing us with talk of big things to be revealed at the Mobile World Congress meeting in Barcelona for quite a while now.  Well, the meeting is just a couple of weeks away, and our suspicions look to be confirmed: the “something big” appears to be none other than the second generation of Galaxy S phones and Galaxy Tab devices. A leak from Samsung’s PR department detailing their schedule shows both the Galaxy S 2 and the Galaxy Tab 2 appearing in the lineup.

We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for the news, and bring it to you the minute we find anything, so stay tuned!

[via AC]

Update to Nook Color Firmware, Brings Version 1.1.0

The Nook Color has been selling like crazy, and for good reason — it’s a great e-reader, and also functions as a very capable Android Tablet. Because of this, we’re glad to see Barnes and Noble giving it the support they need, and they’ve released an update that includes a ton of bug fixes — though no Froyo yet. The update includes:

  • Improved performance of Wi-Fi connectivity, Home and Shop.
  • Ability to pinch and zoom in browser.
  • Enhanced reading experience for magazines and children’s books.
  • Access helpful NOOKcolor related information and support tips on the new
    default browser home page.
  • Reduce mistyped passwords with “show password” option during registration
    and Wi-Fi set up.
  • Easily identify NOOK kids Read To Me™ books with a new text banner next to
    the titles in Shop.
  • General bug fixes and performance improvements.

This is a big update, and brings lots of great stuff to the table, so head over to Barnes and Noble’s site to pick it up!

[via Android Central]

Notion Ink Adam Eden UI hacked onto ViewSonic G Tablet

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In the pic above, we see the ViewSonic G tablet, but whats on it? The Notion Ink Adam Eden UI! Yes, after many people started to receive their Notion Ink Adam tablets (after a painful waiting period), the first update was actually bricking the tablets! Ouch! In the Androidverse, people will find a way to make something their own when they’re put up against a wall of crap like having to wait months for a tablet launch, only to have it brick after you run updates.

That’s what Blake did at intomobile.com. He installed the Eden UI onto his ViewSonic Android tablet successfully, but left feeling that he wasn’t impressed with the UI after all. By following the instructions found here by an XDA-Developer (of course), he was able to get it running, at least enough that he could say he gave Eden a try, and it wasn’t the paradise he was looking for.

For a more personal view of the experience, head over to the source link below.

[via intomobile]

Samsung Galaxy Tab getting another price cut on Jan 26th

That’s right folks, T-Mobile is dropping the Samsung Galaxy Tab price yet again!  This time, by another 50 buckaroos.  That brings down the cost of the popular Android tablet to $250 after a $50 mail-in rebate.  Of course this will require a 2-year contract, but now we are getting down to that impulse buy range.

Now here’s the question – can you hold off the splurge and wait for the new tablets to hit the market, or has T-Mobile finally hit the sweet spot?  If anything, we hope this trend continues with other Android tablets, as we will soon be flooded with touch-screen galore in the upcoming months and beyond.

[via TmoNews]

HTC Flyer Full Specs Leaked here

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A source for amobil.no has sent in what they believe to be the full spec sheet for the HTC Flyer tablet, supposedly due out this March. Some of this may be repetitive, but the numbers do match up well with information that came out at Digitimes a couple days ago about some of the specs for the “Flyer”.

Here are the specs;

  • 7inch touchscreen with 1024×600 resolution
  • Qualcomm SnapDragon MSM8255 processor
  • HSPA+
  • HDMI Out
  • DLNA-enabled for wireless media streaming
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and facial recognition
  • Android 2.3 (may be Android 3.0 by the time this actually comes out)
  • HTC Sensation UI (possibly)

Now we just need to wait for some official pics to get outed for us to drool over.

[via amobil.no]

Barnes & Noble phasing out the Nook 3G

If you had your eyes set on the Nook 3G, then you better get that credit card out cause it looks like Barnes & Noble is stopping production on the ebook reader – according to Engadget.  This isn’t surprising, as most e-readers allow you to download your reading material while you are on wifi, and read the content offline at a later time.

This surely makes the wifi version of the Nook the more appealing, and a cheaper option to buyers.  Especially since you can pick up a hotspot damn near everywhere these days.  Oh yea, let’s not forget about the Nook Color, for my Android hacking brethren and overclocking cousins.

[via Engadget]