Google announces ‘Honeycomb’ Tablet

by editor on Dec.07, 2010, under News

A Tablet version of Android was debuted on a large-screen Motorola device today.

Google always mentioned that Froyo, or Android 2.2, was not ready for the tablet. There was speculation that Gingerbread, or Android 2.3, would be designed for the tablet, but the improvements in 2.3 that was released last week did not have an impact.

Google Mobile Platform vice president Andy Rubin showed publicly for the very first time an Android “Honeycomb” tablet. The roughly 10-inch Motorola device, sleek, black, thin, and sporting an Android interface seemed to have a very clean interface, with an apps dock much like the Apple iPad. Rubin didn’t offer my many spec details on the tablet, which he joked would cost $10,000, but he did say it was running an Nvidia dual core CPU (presumably a Tegra).

Rubin showed off an upcoming version of Google Maps for Android which adds a new vector-based map drawing system, which appeared to improve speed and map flexibility. As Rubin manipulated the map with his fingers, it changed from a flat map to a three-dimensional outline of the roads and buildings. In general, Rubin said he believes tablets “represent a fundamental change in the way computing works.” By allowing users to interact with them physically, Rubin explained, tablets “removed a degree of abstraction.”

Honeycomb should release sometime next year and most major OEMs planning on building Android tablets have expressed interest in using this version of the Android platform which is built for tablets. In terms of SDK required for tablet apps, Honeycomb adds APIs called fragments that allow one app to hold multiple views for different platforms (phones and tablets).

The Samsung Galaxy Tab which sold a million units last week, and many other tablets are already on Android 2.2 Froyo. Will Honeycom again introduce fragmentation in the tablet marketplace for tablets, just like in the mobile space? Or will Samsung catch up and provide OTA updates to its users?

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Google Will Launch Chrome Web Store and Chrome OS Today

by editor on Dec.07, 2010, under News

Today is an important day for Google Chrome: Google will launch Chrome Web Store (a marketplace for web apps) and the much awaited Chrome OS. Chrome OS is the first browser based operating system that could replace your desktop if you use it primarily for browsing. It is a fast booting lightweight OS suitable for netbooks and tablets.

More information here:

Google announced the launch event a few days ago:

“On December 7, we will host an event in San Francisco where we plan to share some exciting news about Chrome. The event will be webcast live on YouTube at: Mark your calendars for 10:30 a.m. PST and tune in.”

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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Hits 1 Million Sales Worldwide

by editor on Dec.05, 2010, under News

Samsung has announced that it has sold over 1 million units of their Android powered Galaxy Tab. This officially makes it the number one rival to Apple’s iPad. The numbers Samsung has confirmed are pretty impressive seeing how the Galaxy Tab has only been on sale since mid-November in the U.S, and a little over two month outside the U.S. Since Black Friday and the beginning of the holiday shopping season, Samsung has seen a big increase in sales.

Samsung, along with all four major U.S carriers expect to see even better numbers as the holiday season continues. Samsung projects that they will sell over 1.5 million units by the end of 2010, which is 50% better than Samsung originally forecasted.

Steve Jobs might be wrong about the 7 inch tablet, and the Android tablet platform in general. It’s proving to be a big success in the consumer electronics market. 2011 is expected to be even better for tablets.

Samsung is also expected to release a cheaper, WiFi only version of Galaxy Tab very soon. So keep your eye out of that if you want a Galaxy Tab, but don’t want to dish out $599 for the 3G model at Verizon.

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Cruz Tablet

by editor on Sep.15, 2010, under News

Velocity Micro is now taking orders for two Android tablets the company first introduced a month ago. One is marketed as a 7 inch color eBook reader, while the other is pitched as a multipurpose Android tablet. Both are available for preorder and will ship in october.

The Cruz Tablet runs Google Android 2.1, features 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage space. It also comes with an 8GB SD card and usb slot. The tablet has 802.11n WiFi, and a Lithium Ion battery which Velocity Micro says is good for 10 hours of run time.

But the thing that’s probably most exciting about this tablet is the 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel capacitive touchscreen display. Priced at $299.99, the Cruz Tablet is one of the cheapest Android tablets we’ve seen to come with a capacitive touchscreen, which should make the experience of using the tablet significantly more pleasant than on cheaper Android tablets with resistive touchscreens.

Media support:
• Supports ePub, PDF, TXT, PDB, HTML reader files
• MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV audio support
• MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, MOV, AVI video support
• JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP image support

The $199.99 Cruz Reader isn’t quite as exciting. This model runs Android 2.0 and comes with 256MB of RAM and 256MB of internal storage. This model comes with a 4GB SD card, 802.11b/g WiFi, and a 10 hour battery. It has a 7 inch 800 x 600 pixel display, but there’s no mention of what kind of screen it uses. Probably a resistive touchscreen.

Both tablets come with “access to the Cruz Market” which seems to be a pretty good indication that you won’t actually be able to access the Android Market on these devices.

The Cruz Reader and Cruz Tablet also ship with an eBook reader which lets you access the 2 million digital books in the Borders online book store (powered by Kobo).

Now available at Fry’s and Newegg although the Cruz Reader will ship on September 30th while the Cruz Tablet isn’t expected to land until October 15th. Will soon be available at BestBuy.

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Hello World!

by editor on Jan.31, 2010, under News

ipad v/s stone

The iPad is a good tablet, but lets face it, it has a lot of drawbacks in terms of features that consumers are beginning to expect.

  • No Multitasking
  • No HDMI (many PMPs support HDMI out these days)
  • No front facing camera (rules out video conferencing)
  • No Flash (Crippled web support)
  • No USB (This makes transferring content impossible without access to a pc)
  • Not Widescreen (16:9 videos play with bars on top and bottom)
  • Fixed battery (Average lifetime of an ipod has been around one year, limited by its battery).

When it comes to software, the iPad has a good collection of touch friendly apps optimized for the tablet, some that many android tablet owners wish were available on their tablets. But one would guess that android/windows marketplace would catch up with equivalent apps at some point in time.

A number of android/windows/webOS tablets with hardware specs better than the iPad have been released recently, with more announced for release in the coming future. We hope to discuss these tablets, netbooks and android/windows apps, that could compete with the iPad.

- AnythingButiPad Team

We revamped our website design and moved to a better host over the weekend, to gear up for the large number of new tablets that are set to be released over the next few months. This will lead to some invalid links for users coming from google until pages are re-indexed.
We also added facebook, twitter, openID and google signin to simplify login to our forum. Hope you enjoy the new website!

- AnythingButiPad Team
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