Motorola is looking to help tablet owners out by pointing them in the right direction of some good quality apps. MotoPack contains a showcase of certain Honeycomb optimized apps based on categories – Games, Back-to-School, Home Office, Lounging, and apps made just for kids. Perfect for people who don’t need to spend hours searching the market for all of the right apps. Once you click on an app inside MotoPack, it will direct you to the Market to download the application. Plain and simple.
Last week, there was a calculation done suggesting that there were only 3.4 million Honeycomb tablets out in the wild right now. Google’s own Andy Rubin has come out and given us some statistics straight from the horse’s mouth. He says that according to Google, there are 6 million tablets in people’s hands that run the Android operating system. A much larger number than what has been reported before.
This number makes sense too, taking into account all the Froyo and Gingerbread tablets that were pushed out into the public’s hands before they got Google’s official blessing. That would mean that a little over half of all Android tablets are running Honeycomb. Let’s hope that when Ice Cream Sandwich comes out, it does so with a bang. After last night I am a little bit more than excited to see how this plays out.
Android tablet owners, today is your day. Netflix is finally available to anything running Android 3.0+. Not really sure what else to say. Hooray? Hooray!
*Note – It most definitely does not appear to be optimized for Honeycomb though. Quality is…meh.
File this one under the “obvious” tab. Reports are out that Motorola’s XOOM will be the first tablet to receive Ice Cream Sandwich, Google’s next update to their Android operating system. There is no definitive ETA on this update, since ICS itself will not be announced until tomorrow, but this seems to be a pretty safe bet.
You could attribute this to Google’s acquisition of Motorola, or you could remember that Android 3.0 Honeycomb was developed on the XOOM as their flagship tablet. It only seems logical that Google would use the XOOM for their next operating system that involved any kind of tablet, which ICS is supposed to do. Some XOOM users are just getting theirs back, newly upgraded with 4G LTE on board, how nice would it be if you could upgrade to ICS pretty soon?
XOOM 4G LTE upgrades are happening across the country as I type this. FedEx boxes have arrived and owners of the world’s first Honeycomb device are finally able to enjoy Verizon’s ultra-fast LTE network speeds. We were told that the turn-around time for the upgrades would be 6 business days, but some of our readers sent theirs off Monday and are already receiving them back.
To their (and our) surprise, we are seeing an upgrade in Android version to 3.2.2. It’s tough to tell exactly what is included in this version, but one thing a reader was quick to point out, was the fact that he now has read/write access to his SD card. You may recall this little write-up we did about the lack of write access when 3.2 was first introduced – nice to see SD card support fully working after all this time.
Oh, Verizon tossed in the standard dock just as they said they would. The new Android Market also comes pre-loaded.
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Each month, the Android team publishes the distribution numbers for each version of Android. It doesn’t do much other than give us a chance to laugh at the idea that some people are still running phones with Cupcake and Eclair on them. Well, it also gives us a look at which OS is on the rise – this month it’s Gingerbread thanks to Motorola who upgraded their entire portfolio.
And then next month or in December, we should see a new entry as Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Fun, fun.
Via: Android Developers
A few days before Christmas in 2010 Motorola released this teaser video. It was a little cheesy, but I was excited about the prospect of a tablet that would finally best the iPad. The Samsung Galaxy Tab had been released, but I never thought of it as a viable tablet option. It was too thick and at the end of the day it ran Android 2.2, a decent OS, but not a tablet OS. Rumors about Google’s upcoming tablet OS has sparked my interest. I had never really been interested in a tablet, but I figured if there was going to be a tablet for me it would be from Google. (more…)
For everyone who just can’t seem to wait, the developer that brought you the Honeycomb launcher for your non-tablet devices, has also chosen to deliver the Ice Cream Sandwich launcher. Now technically, no one in the community knows exactly how ICS will look, but there was some leaked images shared via the interwebz a while ago that gave everyone a “taste” of what ‘Tha Sandwich’ might look like.
The launcher itself has a definite Honeycomb feel to it, but you will notice the icon that shows multiple apps (which everyone was buzzing over) in the dock area. There is a “running apps” feature, but this is complete hogwash seeing as how I have never opened the stock email app on this device, so there is no way it is actually running. They seem to just be apps pinned there by the developer. Looks neat though.
If you’re into trying the newest of the new, then give the launcher a go – don’t expect ADW/LPP type results though. The app has a ways to go to become our daily home app.