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…)
The Android 3.2 update for the Moto XOOM 3G on Verizon is now available for all users. On Thursday it was for a very select group of test members, so it’s looking like no one had any major problems. If you’re still not seeing the 3.2 update on your 3G XOOM, then see this post for a manual download of the zip. Enjoy the update.
Cheers Jordan, and Ryan!
The HTC Puccini tablet has been somewhat of a mystery to this point, other than the fact that we’re all pretty sure that it’s headed to AT&T as one of their first LTE devices. Today though, we get a glimpse at HTC’s plans to be the first OEM to fully skin Honeycomb. Yeah, I know what you are thinking, “Noooooooooooo! Can’t we at least have untouched tablets?” To their defense, at least on phones in the past, they have been one of the more polished and stable skins in the game, so we’re at least a little interested in seeing what they can do. We’ve heard some pretty positive things about the tablet version of Sense that is on the Flyer, so we’re hoping they have found a way to do this right as well.
My thoughts on skinning – A part of me wants to at least see what these OEMs can bring to the table. Honeycomb to me, feels pretty bare bones, so I wouldn’t mind seeing some add-ons as long as they aren’t overwhelming like they have been on phones. For the most part, I hate the skinning of Android, but 3.0 seems like it could use a little sprucing. Maybe?
/me ducks the skinning jabs.
Gallery below. And let us know what you think about the skinning of Honeycomb. (more…)