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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 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.

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