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.
We are getting close to an Ice Cream Sandwich release! The Android Developers team just released a post to let application devs know that if they have built apps specifically for Honeycomb (Android 3.0) in the past, that they need to think about either making them big screened compatible only or tweak them slightly to also work with smaller-screened devices. ICS will merge the tablet and phone experience into one, so if app devs want their work to reach more people, then now is the time to start preparing them.
There weren’t any actual mentions of a release date for the ICS SDK, but it sounds like it is just around the corner. And if there was any confusion on what would happen to Honeycomb going forward, I would say that these two lines sum it up nicely: “…the way Android will stay from now on: the same version runs on all screen sizes,” and “an app developed for Honeycomb is compatible with a device running ICS, which could be a tablet, a phone, or something else.” ICS is taking over, folks.
Oh, and is this preview of the blue a sign of things to come? (more…)
In the Sony booth at CEDIA, there is a Blu-ray Google TV box that is up and running Honeycomb in case any of you are in the area and want to get some hands-on time. The upgrade is expected to be out some time soon as a way to revive the struggling platform. We aren’t sure if the Logitech Revue or this Sony unit will receive the update first, but the folks at Logitec are expecting it to arrive by the end of September. If you want to get a quick glimpse at the brand new OS that appears to make Google TV worth using again, jump into the video below. And afterwards, make a decision on whether or not you should go pick up a Logitech Revue for $99 – yeah, they are still available. (more…)
I. Want. This. Now. Yes Firefox, you have impressed me enough in a single preview post of your tablet-specific browser that I feel like I can no longer live without it and I don’t even have it yet.
In a blog post by one of Firefox Mobile’s developers, we get a look at the UI decisions that have been made for their tablet browser, along with some of the goodies that have carried over from the phone version. The Awesomebar is included, a new tablet theme, and top/side tabs depending on which way you are holding your tablet. This looks impressive. And at this point, anything is better than the stock, crashmaster Honeycomb browser, right? (more…)
Hooray for more tablet apps! The number of Honeycomb apps seems to be on the rise these days, but we could always use more, especially the apps we use on a daily basis. Google Reader is by far my top choice for a feed reader, so I couldn’t be happier that it now looks tabletified. Sure, there are plenty of spicy photo-centric readers like News360 and Pulse that get the job done – I just like my news simple. If you want something without all the fluff and that reminds you of an in-browser reader, then this is a great choice. (more…)
Seems as though Honeycomb tablets are seeing price drops across the board recently. Many have said the Toshiba Thrive has been their go to tablet, putting it above the Motorola XOOM, and even the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tab. Let us point out again, that this is the 8 GB version, which might be a deal breaker for some people.
With the second generation of these devices on the horizon, it is possible we can even see more price cuts. Which only means one thing, happier consumers. How does the Toshiba Thrive stack up in your eyes to other Honeycomb tablets that are available? Anybody thinking of picking one up?
The Acer A100, the industry’s first 7″ Honeycomb tablet, will go on sale today at retail stores across the nation for around $329 (8GB). It’ll run Android 3.2 (since that has been built for smaller tablets), an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, dual-cameras, and weighs just 0.92lbs.
If you ever needed an inexpensive tablet to travel with, play games on, or stay connected while couch surfing, this might be a great option. We should probably point out that the battery life won’t be stellar though. According to the press release below, it will see up to 5 hours of steady use, which is not impressing anyone.
Can’t deny the size and specs – anyone interested? (more…)
After exploring the HTCDev site, location of the almighty unlocking of the HTC bootloaders taking place later this year, a reader over at Android Central showed everyone a few things of interest. Included within the goodies are some screen shots of a Honeycomb tablet, running a version of Sense. It hasn’t been said whether this is just a developer version yet, or if this is exactly what we saw teased to be released on the HTC Puccini. (more…)