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Google's Android chief showed off a new tablet powered by Google's upcoming Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" OS.  (Source: Engadget)

The tablet is powered by NVIDIA's new dual ARM core/GPU system-on-a-chip, Tegra2.  (Source: Xtreview)
Google continues to aggressively improve its popular mobile operating system

It's 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 a new 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.



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RE: Hmmm....
By lwright84 on 12/7/2010 10:54:57 AM , Rating: 2
I disagree, the Tab is an excellent purchase. It's fast, convenient, reliable, and has a great battery life and plenty of media options. It's a solid 1.0 offering as an Android tablet. It's no more "running a phone OS" than the iPad on it's original release. More and more tablet-friendly apps are being released or upgraded every day.

There is always something better on the horizon, but the Tab is a wonderful product available now for those that want or need one.


RE: Hmmm....
By ImSpartacus on 12/7/2010 11:21:05 AM , Rating: 3
Engadget got less than 7 hours of battery life on their Galaxy Tab. That's good, but I want at least 10 for my Android tablet.

The Tab also does not have a SAMOLED screen. In my opinion, their screen was an enormous selling point for their Galaxy S phones. I would've gotten a Fascinate if the Droid X hadn't been released a few months earlier.

And whatever you say, Froyo (and Gingerbread) are both phone operating systems. They are meant to run on no higher than 480p resolutions. The Tab has a 1024x600 netbook LCD. Honeycomb will support up to 720p. I'll wait for an HD tablet running an OS that effectively uses those pixels.

The final reason that the Tab is not a good idea is the skin. Aside from Sense (and even that's debatable), Android skins are bad. They slow performance and updates. Motorola's Honeycomb tablet will probably be skinless if Google is touting it.

I'm not saying Samsung cannot make a tablet, they simply rushed development to take advantage of the 2010 holidays. The Tab will have a Honeycomb-packing successor at the beginning of the year.


RE: Hmmm....
By theapparition on 12/7/2010 11:51:38 AM , Rating: 2
SAMOLED for a 10" tablet would be horrid. Even Samsung knows this and didn't put one on thier 7" Tab.

Please for the love of god will someone actually look up AMOLED pentile matrix and understand how bad it is for text. LCD is barely marginable as a reader, but AMOLED would be unusable. Games and movies would be acceptable, but web browsing or books wouldn't be.

I guess I don't care what you do with your money. Just at least investigate it first.


RE: Hmmm....
By ImSpartacus on 12/7/2010 12:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
If you're looking for an e-reader replacement, then the fabled Notion Ink Adam is your tablet with its awesome Pixel Qi screen.

I personally am not looking or an e-reader. That said, I want Samsung to put their wonderful SAMOLED panels into their tablets.

I think Sammy didn't put a SAMOLED panel in the Tab because they were too busy churning out 4" panels for their Galaxy S line. They are making a killing on the awesome Galaxy S lineup.


RE: Hmmm....
By ranran on 12/7/2010 3:28:13 PM , Rating: 2
The Adam is not just an e-reader. It also sports Tegra 2 hardware and much much more, take a look here:
http://www.notionink.com/techspecs.php

I think this tablet will be setting the bar for many other competitors, and pre-orders are starting in just a couple of days.


RE: Hmmm....
By Aloonatic on 12/8/2010 8:30:02 AM , Rating: 2
Somewhat off topic...

Out of interest, does anyone know if there are similar screens as used in ereaders that can be bought for use as desktop monitors?

A screen like the one in the Adam video, which can switch from colour to e-ink and back would be a brilliant solution to one of the biggest problems faced by offices trying to go "paperless", as people don't like reading from standard LCD monitors much, and print everything out again and again.

I guess just being able to have a standard A4 sized (or whatever paper size you have) screen that could be used as a second monitor would be worth having for many people too.

Thanks


RE: Hmmm....
By misuspita on 12/10/2010 5:52:56 AM , Rating: 2
I suspect you are talking from books rather than experience. I have a Samsung Wave, with a SAMOLED screen and it's just beautiful. Vivid, "black" blacks, and great outdoors. This is the first phone I can see in sunlight. And at 3.3" and 800x480 I can't see any artifacts. Even extremely small text is readable. Not easy on the eyes but readable... I actually write this from it...


RE: Hmmm....
By lwright84 on 12/7/2010 12:57:44 PM , Rating: 1
Ya I don't really care what Applegadget says about a competitor to their precious products. I own both the iPad and the Tab, and support both in our company. The Tab is superior to the iPad in nearly every way. The battery life (on at least 4 devices that I've used or deployed) surpassed 7 hours of use. While the iPad certainly has great battery life as well, in my experience with the actual devices the Tab has better results. Even if it is 7, you're complaining because you want 10? If it was 10, I'm sure you'd complain that you wanted at least 13.

The SAMOLED was also a big downside to the phones for many people due to it's limited outside visibility.
Modified 2.1\2.2 run great on tablets, just like the modified iPhone OS ran great on the iPad when it was originally released. You're reaching here, imo.
Sure, as I said, the Honeycomb tablet does look better.. no question. But my point was that the Tab is the best tablet on the market TODAY and is a great purchase for anyone wanting or needing such a device... the opposite of what you are claiming. When the honeycomb tablets come out you'll be the one telling everyone not to purchase them because the Android 4.0 tablets with 1080p are just a year away!

You're complaint about the skin makes no sense either as one of the many benefits of Android is it's complete customization ability. Don't like this skin? Change it. The skin on the Tab though is nowhere near as bad the Samsung skin on all it's Galaxy phones, so it's actually not a bad thing at all here.

Finally, the Tab was far from rushed.. as it was in development for over a year. I applaud your enthusiasm for future products, but your dissuasion of excellent current products is very misguided, imo.


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