Posts Tagged ‘Honeycomb’
Just this March, Google’s Android launched Honeycomb version 3.0. Two months later, the 3.1 update to the tablet-optimized OS rolled out initially in the US on the Motorola Xoom. In just a few days, version 3.2 will be rolling out. However, it will not be a major update just like 3.1. It will instead open the doors to more Android-powered tablets.
The latest update to Honeycomb does bring good news to HTC Flyer users. The update brings Qualcomm processor and 7 inch touch screen support. The OS will no longer be limited to 10 inch displays and Tegra 2 processors. This means that Android tablet manufacturers can now make cheaper tablets, which means more viable choices. In fact, Huawei’s 7 inch 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Honeycomb 3.2 tablet, the MediaPad, is an example.
Aside from the supporting Qualcomm processors and smaller displays, the update will also address bugs and improve hardware acceleration. Furthermore, apps like Movies, The Movie Studio, and music will be updated. Widgets will also be overhauled.
When exactly will this update roll out? 3.0 rolled out on the 27th of March. 3.1 rolled out in the middle of May. Unfortunately, there’s no official announcement yet. Expect Google’s Honeycomb team to announce news on the update on Twitter. We’ll keep you posted once we know more.
Many consider HTC’s current tablet, the Flyer, a disappointment. It only sports a 7 inch touch screen. It is powered by an android OS optimized more for smartphones, the Android OS version 2.3 Gingerbread. Lastly, it packs a 1.5 GHz single-core processor, when all the other tablets offered by the competition sport 1 GHz dual-core processors. If you thought the Flyer was a bust, the Taiwan-based phone manufacturer is rumored to launch a Honeycomb tablet. There are various reasons why this tablet can emerge on top.
One of these reasons is movie streaming. Google Movies is only available now in the US. HTC has the solution. It has HTC Watch, which allows users to either download or stream their favorite movies straight to their devices. The Taiwanese phone giant will make the same service available to their rumored Honeycomb tablet.
We all know how Apple has rejected the inclusion of Apple-made styli on their tablets. In fact, Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, once said, “If you see a stylus, they blew it.” Despite these statements, there has been stylus available for the iPad and iPad 2 like Wacom’s Bamboo stylus, which have been in great demand. A stylus is said to be available as an accessory for HTC’s Honeycomb tablet.
Apple is just beginning to launch its iCloud service. HTC, on the other hand, has had a similar service since 2010. This will allow users to back up their data up in the clouds.
Speakers have always been a tablet waterloo, including the iPad 2. If HTC is successful in integrating a kicking speaker system in their rumored tablet, this will surely be attractive to the consumer.
One feature unique to HTC is the Facebook button. This can be seen on the Salsa and the ChaCha. If HTC includes this feature on their future tablet, it is sure to appeal to the majority of users, who would like to have instant access to Facebook.
In recent news, we heard of a 1.2 GHz dual-core tablet from an unlikely manufacturer, the China-based Huawei, who is known more for creating smartphones in the mid-range market. It’s now official. Huawei has just unveiled its MediaPad tablet powered by the Honeycomb 3.2 and sporting a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. This is the first of its kind in the tablet market. The tablet was unveiled in CommunicAsia, an event held in Singapore.
The 7 inch MediaPad is the first tablet powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor supplied by Qualcomm. It is also the first of its kind to come pre-installed with the Android OS Honeycomb 3.2. This is exciting news, since the Motorola Xoom is powered by the Honeycomb 3.0 with an only recent option to upgrade its software to 3.1.
According to Huawei, in essence, the 3.2 iteration to Honeycomb is similar to the 3.1 version. The only difference is that it is optimized for a 7 inch touch screen rather than a 10 inch display. The tablet comes with other features such as a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, a 5 MP primary camera, Wi-Fi, and 6 hours worth of battery life. It comes with full Adobe Flash Player 10.3 support, social network integration, micro-SD support, and an HDMI connector.
When it comes to dimensions, the tablet is still thicker than the slim Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but slimmer than the first Tab. It has a 10 inch shell, and it weighs in at a mere 390 grams. All looks good, but there will not be a Wi-Fi-only version. If you’re looking for a tablet that doesn’t come with a lengthy contract, this may not be the tablet for you.
It is scheduled to ship in the US at a tentative date on the 3rd quarter of 2011. However, Huawei did not say how much the tablet will go for.