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.
More pictures after the break. (more…)
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.
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…)