We’ve been talking about Mobile World Congress for weeks now…pretty much since CES. It’s coming up this week, and IntoMobile has a great preview of the upcoming show. They seem to have a pretty good idea of who’s showing off what, and they’re breaking it down for us.
Lookout dub rolling Escalades and high class airliner planes cause it looks like buses are going to be the new mode of transportation to have integrated screens in their headrests. And not just any screen, but an Android tablet screen! That’s right, buses in India are now sporting 7″ touch screens that run their own customized Android interface that allows users to login and do the normal things you would do on an Android tablet, such as view maps, watch video, listen to music, or log into your bank account (although I highly discourage the latter). What’s nice is that it’s a free service, and I’ll give you 1 guess how it’s all possible… by serving your advertising!
Still, this is a nice addition to your morning commute should you use the bus, and as long as people don’t hack them out of the headrests or hack the system itself, I can see this as a great use of Android in the future for public transportation. Hit the jump to see some additional video footage of it in action.
You knew it was coming. The first steps have been taken toward bringing 3.0 to a handset. Yesterday Stephen Hyde posted pictures and video of the early stages of honeycomb ported to his Dell Streak. While the latest version of Android is far from stable on Stephen’s phone… It’s there and it’s functioning. Will it ever evolve into a fully functional ROM? I believe it will. Will it ever qualify as a practical UI for a cellphone with all the tiny icons intended for a large tablet screen? Probably not, but that’s not the point. The point is that even when Droid doesn’t need to, Droid STILL does! What I’m most excited to see is how many features from Honeycomb will make it into other custom ROMs.
Although Mobile World Congress hasn’t officially started, the internet is buzzing about the new products Viewsonic intends to debut.
The first device that you see on the left is the Viewsonic V350 smartphone running Android 2.2. Other features include a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchpanel, 5 megapixel camera, a microSD card slot, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS. Perhaps the most interesting feature of this device is the dual-SIM capability. Basically, you can insert 2 SIM cards, which gives you more options for data/calling features when traveling overseas.
Next up is the ViewPad 10Pro, which allows dual-booting of Android and Windows 7. This is a particularly great feature for those who want the Android experience but also need to take care of business with Windows 7 programs. This tablet will also utilize Intel’s long-awaited Oak Trail platform. Other specs include a 1024 x 600 LED-backlit capacitive touchscreen, 3G connectivity, WiFi, and Bluetooth.
There’s no official word as to pricing or release on these devices, but we hope it’s sooner than later! You can see the entire press release after the break.
Pocket-lint has a report that the new Samsung Galaxy Tab2 that we may hear something about at MWC on the 13th, will be in a 10 inch version of the popular tablet, rather than the 7 inch. This would pput it in direct competition with the other 10 inch tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, LG G-Slate, HP Touchpad and Apple iPad, which would be a bold move for Samsung to make.
The tablet is also rumored to be running Android 3.0 Honeycomb out of the box upon launch. Some have opinions as to the advantages for a 10 inch tablet versus a 7 inch, but it’s clear Samsung may be leaning towards the 10 inch being a more powerful device, maybe while keeping the 7inch a more mid-range spec’d tablet.We’ll see in a couple of days what Samsung is planning.
If you are itching for more details on the upcoming LG G-Slate on T-Mobile, there’s a short video out there showing off the externals of the Android tablet, as well as its 3D capabilities. While we are impressed with the specs, and snazzy external styling (love that kickstand!), we aren’t sure the 3D video recording capability will be the must have feature of this device. It’s a bit gimmicky at best, but at least you can still disable it and shoot regular pictures and video. Check out the video after the break and tell us what you think.
This week the FCC has already received and made public documents on a couple of different Android devices. The Samsung Forte, which was recently seen in the wild, has made it through the FCC and they have some very basic information about it available online. Another device crossing the desks at FCC is a Motorola device, and while it was originally thought to be the Bionic, more information that has been discovered (like “non-removable battery”) has speculators leaning more toward the Xoom.
Either way, a few more Android devices are starting to receive various stamps of approval, thus coming steadily closer to being released.
The website itself is pretty sleek and pleasing to the eye, which is hopefully a sign that the Toshiba Tablet will be just as great. The Android section of the website confirms that the tablet will be running Honeycomb and allow custom desktops, apps, and the like.
Take a look at TheToshibaTablet.com by clicking the source link. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on the upcoming Toshiba Tablet in the comments.
Yet another announcement has been made by Sprint today, this time addressing some maintenance updates for the Samsung Galaxy Tab and LG Optimus S. Both updates will be sent out on a rolling basis, which should take about four days.Hit the break to get a look at the issues addressed in the updates and any changes you might see on your Galaxy Tab or Optimus S after the update.
It’s not a whole lot of extra footage here, so don’t go making any popcorn for it. Rather, save that for the game later today. This video is all of 10 seconds and simply shows us what the Honeycomb boot Animation looks like on a Motorola Xoom. Enjoy!
Well, I’m not sure how credible a source the Grand Rapids South Best Buy Facebook page, but they have it from the highest authority that the HTC Thunderbolt is dropping on Valentines Day with the Xoom following up on the 24th.
This is news that has been talked about for a little bit, but nevertheless I think by now we can fully expect to see both of these devices landing before the end of the month. Stay tuned.
Did you miss Google’s big event on 2-2-11? Fortunately for all of us, Google has taken the liberty of putting the keynote on YouTube – in it’s entirety. That’s right, folks: you can now view all 52+ minutes of the Android Honeycomb event, complete with Motorola’s stylish new Xoom tablet.
Be sure to hit the break to watch the full video, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Well folks, looks like you can now purchase the Dell Streak 7 tablet from T-Mobile directly for a subsidized price — after a $50 mail in rebate — of $199.99. If you want it without a contract, however, you can get it from Dell for $449.99. This tablet has a seven inch screen, and runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) with a Tegra 2 processor.
Are you looking at getting one of these Dell Babies? Be sure to let us know in the comments.
So a few days ago, we saw Honeycomb running on the Nook color successfully, and had most of the issues worked out, though there were still some kinks. And while we still don’t have root access to it, as it turns out Honeycomb is now running, quite well, quite stable, on the Nook Color, and is available in one easy download. XDA-Developers have been working hard on this project, and have brought the Android-based e-reader into the realm where it can adequately compete with tablets on shelves at twice the price. They’ve come a long way in making this e-reader quite worthy of purchase for those looking for an Android tablet, and I admit…I’ve got my eye on it myself.
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.