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Honeycomb Quickly Becoming an Unofficial Reality on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Admit it Galaxy Tab owners, that picture above is quite beautiful.  Honeycomb, booted up and looking as pretty as you would have expected?  Now, if only it was available to everyone, we’d be having one hell of a Friday.  We’re getting close though, according to XDA member spacemoose1 who is leading the charge to get Android 3.0 on a device that may not see it otherwise.  Sure, Samsung claimed back in 2010 that it would be updated to something at some point, but I’m willing to bet Fascinate owners have an opinion on that.

We’re definitely getting close, although there are still some things to be worked out on this attempt including wi-fi.  So don’t expect to have it up and running on your device today, but instead applaud a great step towards HC goodness.  

Follow this XDA thread to find out the latest on HC for the GTab.

Cheers Tom!

  • RLJSlick

    Excellent job, I can’t wait to see the finished work!

  • Anonymous

    I feel inclined to buy samsungs new tablet…the thin one….jeez…nice screen and features and actually competitively priced…how much is it going to be…i forgot if they did announce it…the price….i think like 500 though or something like that…

  • Stephen D

    “but I’m willing to bet Fascinate owners have an opinion on that” Yep. Samsung can SMD. But, their new tablets are very tempting. The Touchwiz UI is just a few widgets, wallpapers, and an “app tray”, but they are very competitively priced and I’m sure the screen is better than the Xoom’s, which is the reason I don’t want one.

    • Anonymous

      agreed the screen killed the xoom for me, coming from an incredible which has a much better image quality. the ability to resize widgets with the ui on top is a bonus as well.

      • Stephen D

        Yeah, that’s the feature I forgot about, but it’s a great idea. It’s basically stock HC, with some nice added features like that, great hardware(the Exynos processor blows the T2 away), it’s thin, it’s gonna have a great screen, AND be fairly priced. Samsung is actually impressing me with the new tablets.

  • Anonymous

    Samsung’s actually not too bad for updates overseas; it’s the carriers that neuter them, here. don’t misplace your aggression. There’s a reason the European/Asian Galaxy Tab can make phone calls and the US one can’t. Credit and blame where they’re due.

    • Stephen D

      I wish Samsung Intl would handle the updates for Samsung US. Their Galaxy Ss have had Froyo since November, exactly as promised, and GB is not far away. Samsung US and the carriers are the problem. Either way, until they start updating their phones regularly, the Fascinate is my first and last Samsung phone.

      • Anonymous

        Like I said, blame the carrier you’re on. Verizon is a huge PITA when it comes to gimping Google’s (and other Android) code. I’m sure Google would love a Nexus device on Verizon, but Verizon wouldn’t.

    • DroidzFX

      That would be an agreement on functionality not support. Why would a carrier hinder you from getting the newest version of the software?

      • Anonymous

        so you buy the new model when its released. its marketing 101

      • Anonymous

        so you buy the new model when its released. its marketing 101

  • Honeycomb_FTW


    This can’t happen!!! Google isn’t releasing the source code for Honeycomb. . . we can’t make custom ROS, we won’t be able to get it on the Nook Color or Galaxy Tab, etc. . . .


    • This is built off the SDK. It is NOT the same thing as AOSP. Time for you to do some reading, preferably before posting in the future.

      • Rizzidy

        time for you to see the “/s”

        • No, I saw that. Just because they can hack the SDK onto a device does not mean it’s worth having. Other players, such as Viewsonic and Notion Ink, need the AOSP.

          • agreed, the SDK based “preview” for my Nook Color isn’t stable enough to be my daily driver. Eventually when it hits AOSP, I this we can look forward to better builds. From what Google is saying it sounds like they are worried about it being ported to phones.

          • Honeycomb_FTW

            Other “players” like Viewsonic & Notion Ink need to join the OHA and follow the rules. Google isn’t withholding Honeycomb from anyone that wants to play by the rules. So, maybe you need to do a little reading and get a clue as to what is really going on and why these companies can’t be bothered with joining the OHA and following the guidelines.

            And yes smart-ass, I know the difference between the AOSP & what’s going on here. If people wanted a tablet with a tablet OS maybe they should have thought about that at purchase time. Otherwise, deal with the reality of the world.

            now pull real hard and remove the baseball bat from your ass.

    • Anonymous

      Nook runs on Android? didn’t know that.

      • Honeycomb_FTW

        Are you blind, retarded, or just can’t read? “Nook Color”

        Now you may have pointed out that I have “ROS” instead of “ROM” and you wouldn’t have looked like such a freakin idiot!

        • Anonymous

          Are you blind, retarded, or just can’t read? Did I say you were incorrect? I said I didn’t know the Nook (Color) ran on Android. Don’t get your panties in a bunch.

          I will say now that you are a freakin’ idiot and have the emotional maturity of a spoiled elementary school kid.

          • Honeycomb_FTW

            My apologies. . . just had a few other rather indignant comments thrown my way.

          • Anonymous

            do a Patron shot (or two). it’ll take the edge off indignant comments 😉

          • Honeycomb_FTW

            Yeah. . . a V & OJ sounds good about now 😉

            Some seriously jacked up commenting going on about the whole Honeycomb not being released as AOSP asap. . . . guess that got me in a real pissy mood. . . just need to ignore those conversations in general from now on.

  • Gg101

    I assume this is a build off the SDK like on the Nook Color, since honeycomb wont be going AOSP for a while.

    • Ksizzle9

      Cor those of u who arent aware the processor in he glaxy line is almost toe tobtoe with the tegra, i promise u the tab can run honecomb

      • Mikee

        proofread much? lol j/k typo artist… =0)

  • Anonymous

    Won’t happen officially at all, IMO. Samsung is lying in that regard — just look at how they’ve handled their phone updates.

    Still some rumor that Honeycomb requires a dual-core proc like the Tegra 2.

    • Mike

      HTC said the Flyer would be updated to Honeycomb and it has a single core processor.

      • Anonymous

        I should have prefaced that with the fact that I don’t believe the rumor. It is interesting though that all of these new 3.0 tablets are Tegra 2 processor based with similar specs across the board. I believe Google gave them the baseline for best performance and they all followed it. I also think that Google is only allowing so many initial tablets to use Honeycomb. Just look at the fact that they aren’t releasing the 3.0 code anytime soon.