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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 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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