latest news about Google's Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" OS is accurate, it
might render Android tablets currently on the market -- like Samsung's Galaxy
Tab -- obsolete.
reporting that the tablet-centric mobile OS may require baseline specs
to run properly. Of these, at least a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor is
required, along with a 1280 x 720 minimum screen resolution.
source of the information is Bobby Cha, managing director of Korean
consumer electronics firm Enspert. His company is currently developing devices
both for Froyo/Gingerbread and Honeycomb, because it appears that Google is
following two "parallel software paths for tablets." Devices equipped
with Cortex A8 processors with lower resolutions, like the Galaxy Tab, will
continue to run Froyo/Gingerbread, while devices that meet the newer hardware
specs will run Honeycomb.
confirmed that the Motorola tablet that was seen running a prototype of Honeycomb would
be the first Gingerbread device on the market.
confirmed that Honeycomb tablets would not require a 10-inch screen, and that
there would be 7-inch tablets running the new OS.
Honeycomb would be exclusive to high-end tablets at first, that doesn't mean it
won't find its way down the ladder as hardware prices drop.
going to see price erosion on many of the components in tablets right
now," Cha told PCMag. "Folks like Samsung, the industry
heavyweights, are going to add pressure to the component guys to lower their
costs. A tablet is still kind of an expensive toy."
noted that Honeycomb would be ready for manufacturers "towards the end of