no secret what gave Google half of America's smartphone market and
propelled it into second place worldwide in global smartphone sales
-- a combination of an open ethos, a plethora of hardware options,
and an aggressive schedule of operating system updates. The
latest of those updates -- Android
2.3 Gingerbread -- just
rolled out yesterday, but Google is already hard at work on its
next round of goodies.At the second and final day of the D:
Dive Into Mobile conference
in San Francisco, California, Android Chief Andy Rubin showed off
tablet running Android
3.0, an operating system that bears the codename
"Honeycomb."The tablet alone looked quite
impressive. The new tablet from Motorola sports a "dual
core 3D processor" and NVIDIA GPU (possibly the new dual-core
Tegra 2?). It also packs video chat and, of course, Android
3.0, into what looks to be a 10-inch footprint.The device is
rumored to be "Stingray" a Motorola tablet that's supposed
to launch in the first quarter of next year on Verizon. Previously
published rumors point to a 10-inch tablet packing Android
3.0, 16 GB of onboard storage, and be upgradeable to LTE ("4G").
And you guessed it, the leaks point to "Stingray" being
powered by Tegra 2.Honeycomb will be the first release of
Android to officially support and be fine-tuned for
tablets. Customization seems to be a chief focus
of the operating system. While Google's demo showed
an OS that appeared to be sticking to a grid of icons, it didn't have
the traditional Android buttons and looked more like a PC desktop.
The demo wasn't long and didn't do much to fill in the scarce details
currently available on the incoming OS. But it did certainly
tantalize that Google has some sweet surprises left in store.If
"Stingray" indeed airs in the aforementioned form, it would
likely surpass the Samsung
Galaxy Tab and iPad as the undisputed champion of the tablet
world, at least in terms of hardware. Those interested in
picking up a tablet should keep their eyes on this one.
quote: While I admit I have not used the Tab and do not own a tablet, every Tab review I have read mentions how choppy and slow the browsing experience is. Flash is great, but it doesn't seem to be working well on the Tab.
quote: I think getting a little more muscle behind a 720p screen would improve the browsing experience quite a bit. After all, the iPad manages a satisfactory (albeit flash-less) browsing experience on a 4:3 720p screen (1024x768) with Tab-esque hardware.