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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 1:04:40 PM , Rating: 2
I would agree that iOS 4.2 is the superior OS, but the Tab trumps the iPad in just about every other aspect... and this is coming from an iPad owner as well. Once Netflix releases their Android app, there will be literally no reason for me to keep my iPad.

But there you go again advising people not to purchase current excellent products because the sequel releases are "around the corner". You sound like an Apple salesman. So when iPad 3 is rumored a month or two after iPad 2 is released.. are you going to tell everyone not to purchase that lousy iPad 2? lol

RE: Hmmm....
By ImSpartacus on 12/9/2010 8:15:42 AM , Rating: 2
Other than operating system, what other aspect of a tablet do we judge?

I think it has already been said that the hardware in the Tab is nearly at perfect parity with the hardware in the iPad even though one is six months older.

But I honestly don't care which is better. If you ask me, they both suck, albeit equally. I've said it before, the Tab was rushed and the software shows it. The iPad was the first of its kind and will no doubt get an enormous upgrade in its successor. Honeycomb will also bring huge upgrades to

Anandtech says it best in their latest article:

"The slate computing market is about to explode, with a literal flood of new tablets releasing over the coming months."

So right now, you have 2 choices if you cut the $400 G and its lack of Android Market support: the iPad and the Galaxy Tab.

I can understand why a layman might want either, but us? We're the techie crowd. We appreciate how Tegra 2 destroys its competition in 5/6 Anandtech benchmarks. We figure that if nVidia can bring that much heat in a non-Market (ie. sucky) device, what can the other boys bring in a more polished product?

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