Further confirmation that CES will be the coming out party for NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 Android tablets came out today through DigiTimes. Their report suggests that NVIDIA beat all of the other dual-core chip manufacturers like Qualcomm to the punch, landing Motorola, LG and HTC as clients and plans to show all of their work off during the first week of January. The CES unveiling of devices from these companies will be something to see and the whole Droid Life team will be there bringing it all to you.
Reports also suggest that Motorola and LG are targeting February and March of 2011 as a release period for their dual-core tablets, running Honeycomb (Android 3.0). If this seems far away, just remember that NVIDIA’s CEO said that they want everything to be perfect at launch if any of these companies are going to compete with the i*ad.
I should also mention after poking a couple of our sources, that the Motorola tablet WILL NOT be called the “MOTOPAD” and if it launches as a 7″ device, I will be more than surprised. Everything I’ve heard over the last 3-4 months definitely suggests that it will launch with Honeycomb, but you should envision this as a 10″ device and nothing smaller.
Via: DigiTimes, Android Community
According to Mobile-Review.com’s Eldar Murtazin, Motorola will get to release the first Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet come next year. While the rest of the world took his tweet as meaning it would be called the “MOTOPAD”, we’re assuming he’s just using that name since an official one hasn’t been outed. Trust us when we say that it will be filed under the DROID brand and I highly doubt it’ll actually be called the “MOTOPAD.” Oh rumors.
While the 7″ size comes as a big surprise to me, you may want to hold out thoughts on that as I can almost guarantee you that a 10″ version will be their flagship and baby.
There have been rumors floating around for months that suggest the push back of big holiday Android tablet releases like the Motorola Stingray, was due to delays in Google’s Android 3.0 tablet OS (Gingerbread? Honeycomb?). Those rumors continue to be for the most part true as the Samsung Tab (running Froyo) is currently the only one that has been announced for 2010 and unless something major pops up, will be it. Today though, a new rumor says Google is locking down December as a release period for their tablet OS and has already notified manufacturers, meaning we’ll likely see an onslaught of devices at CES in January.
In related news, Android 4.0 (Honeycomb? Ice Cream?) is now rumored to be ready in mid-2011, but we’re not about to start speculating on what that means or what it’ll run on.
Since we’re not seeing a ton of love for the proposed Android holiday lineup on Verizon, are we all just setting our sights on January?
A new Verizon roadmap of sorts has leaked out from a variety of sources through Engadget and we’ve grabbed the major bullet points which affect your Droid lives. The entire roadmap basically highlighted every Android device expected to hit VZW over the next few months, but we picked out the “Droid” friendly ones.
Here is what the new rumors suggest…
- Motorola Droid Pro tentatively scheduled for late October or early November. It’s listed as having a 1.3GHz processor, Froyo, global radios, and Flash 10. We still have every reason to believe this is the phone we’ve been calling the Droid 2 World Edition (or Global Edition), but it’s unclear whether it’ll replace the Droid 2 altogether.
- HTC Merge / Lexicon / Lexikon coming in late October / early November, too. Don’t be fooled: all of these code names refer to the same device, and even Verizon’s communication uses both “Merge” and “Lexicon” interchangeably. As expected, it’s a global phone with a 1GHz Snapdragon.
- Motorola Stingray tablet in Q1 of 2011. Now this is interesting. We’d previously thought the Stingray would be a smaller tablet, but it now seems it’ll be a full 10 inches with Android 3.0 Gingerbread, 16GB of on-board storage, and Tegra 2. Oh, but that’s not the best part: it’ll also be “hardware upgradeable to LTE,” initially launching with CDMA alone. Whether that means you’ll need to purchase and insert some sort of module or something, we’re not exactly sure.
What can we make of this? Word from our sources after the break. (more…)
Not that I want to blatantly come out and call Motorola CEO, Sanjay Jha a liar, but after reading what he had to say at yesterday’s Deutsche Bank Tech Conference in regards to the rumored Droid tablet, it’s hard not to…
“I will only develop a tablet if it is sufficiently compelling. Hopefully, that is early next year.”
We’ll just have to assume he found it “sufficiently compelling” a few of months ago since most of us know this is already in development (Codenamed Stingray?). In fact, we can also almost guarantee that some are in the hands of testers at this very time and that hardware and even a lot of the specs are starting to be finalized. The “early next year” comments though, do fall in line with everything we’ve heard, so we’ll just take this not-in-development talk as being out of context.
Looking forward to that Q1 release Sanny!
Via: Mobile Burn, Phandroid
Remember the Motorola tablet (MZ600) rumored to be called “Stringray”? Well, it just appeared in Verizon inventory showing demo, dummy and official versions. So does this mean it will still be launching this year? Signs would point to “yes” although we’ve heard rumors of a delay until early 2011. There is also no mention of the word “DROID” which is disappointing, but we have to assume it will end up as a part of our family right?
Who just got a little excited?
OK, it’s not exactly the Motorola DROID tablet that has been rumored for weeks, but is instead the “DROID 10 Android Tablet” brought to you by Haleron Technologies. Who? Exactly.
According to Haleron’s Twitter account, this new “DROID” tablet launched today as a 10″ Android 2.1 representing beast! Oh, it even offers the “new Flash browser for full internet browsing.” No not Flash from Adobe, but Skyfire. Yeah, it gets better. Sporting 256MB of RAM and a 1.0GMHz processor (GMHz?) this thing should really fly especially with it’s browser, Internet Explorer. (Stop laughing.) And let’s not forget that the dedicated i*ad inspired button on the front gives it that extra beauty that we were desperately in need of. I’m sold.
Check out the “DROID 10” here.
And queue lawsuit.
Through a new leaked roadmap we get some new rumored details for Verizon fall lineup which is said to include the Droid 2 world edition, the A957 (possibly named the “Sick”) and the Motorola tablet (MOTMZ600), which we think could launch as the STINGRAY. The D2 could hit store shelves as early as September with global roaming capabilities and should ease the minds of the traveling man. The Stringray could drop some time in November which is sort of what we’ve heard all along. And after the ridiculously successful launch of the Droid 1 last October/November, it would only make sense right? The “Sick” might find life in October, but appears to be completely up in the air and we’re guessing this is the Droid Pro.
Other highlights from the roadmap include a new HTC phone with a 10MP camera. Please tell me that no one plans on buying that. Palm Pre 2 is mentioned, a bunch of Blackberries and a few other tablets which you can read about at the source link below.
Source: Phone Arena