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What You Should Know About Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Confirmed by Google’s Eric Schmidt in the Mobile world Congress of 2011, the next version of their Android OS will be the Ice Cream Sandwich. This version of the operating system will be more than just an upgraded version of either the Gingerbread version for smartphones or the Honeycomb version for tablets. It will unite the two versions and work for both smartphones and tablets. It will be the universal operating system for all devices running on the Android OS. 

Finally, Google will be uniting all devices running at least the 2.2 version (Froyo). However, it is unclear what this updated version will be called. Will it follow the Gingerbread and be called Android 2.4, or will it follow the Honeycomb version and be called the Android 4.0. Most, however, unanimously feel that it will be called the Android version 4.0.

In terms of a UK release date, Google was rather vague in announcing its release late this 2011. It is most likely that the version will be released sometime in December. It is also believed that the Android Ice Cream Sandwich will be featured in a new Android device. This is probably the Google Nexus tablet manufactured by LG we’ve all been hearing about. After all, it is said that Google plans to lead by example with this device.

Now, how about features? Imagine all the prowess of Honeycomb in smartphones. Imagine smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 having a holographic users interface, the up to date app launcher, the new interactive home screen widgets, and the multi-tasking panel. When it comes to tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, they can now function as USB hubs, which allow users to make use of mice, keyboards, and console controls featured on the Honeycomb 3.1. This is something the Apple iPad will never do.

There are other new features such as 3D head tracking by the secondary camera, face detection, and so much more. Expect more from Google in the days to come.


Source: Techradar


Honeycomb Update will be Available to the HTC Flyer at Later Date

Ever since tablets have been introduced to us, they have gotten better and better. In a span of a year we have seen manufacturers approach the technology in more innovative and unique ways. This can be clearly seen in tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the HTC Flyer. With the tablets mentioned previously, there is one tablet that is distinctly different from the three, this is the Flyer. Not only does it not come with a dual-core processor; it is powered by Android’s version 2.3 OS; Gingerbread, which was designed for smartphones. The first two tablets are powered by the Android version 3.0 OS (Honeycomb), which was specifically designed for tablets.

According to HTC, there was not enough time to customize the Honeycomb for HTC’s patented Sense UI. This is the reason why they stuck to the Gingerbread. With HTC’s choice of single-core processor and Android operating system, is the Flyer worth getting?

The tablet may not come with a 1 GHz dual-core processor, but it packs a 1.5 GHz single core processor that can deliver performance in blinding speeds. This is exactly the processor you will need when it comes to gaming. You will need a processor that focuses on the demanding task of running games. With OnLive gaming integration, you will need this processor to play the most hardcore games the world has to offer. No longer do you ever need to get a console.

The HTC Flyer offers a degree of portability not found in other tablets. It comes with a 7 inch display and is only 420.8 grams. Furthermore, the tablet comes with a magic pen that makes the tablet versatile. You can draw, write, make notes, highlight, retouch pictures, and even sign a contract using the magic pen.

Regardless of these features, you may still want the tablet to be powered by Android’s Honeycomb. According to HTC via Twitter, there will be an update that will upgrade the HTC Flyer’s Gingerbread OS to the Honeycomb OS. However, the release date of this update is still tentative.

Source: Engadget

Android to Become the Dominant Platform By 2016

According to an independent telecommunications analyst, Ovum, smartphone users will double in 2016. With this much growth, what platform will be the dominant force among all platforms? In the next 5 years, it is said that Android smartphones will be the most widely used among all others. It will lead the iOS platform by 20 percent. Where does this leave Blackberry and the Windows platform?

When it comes to numbers, Android wins by a landslide. Individually, Blackberry and Apple’s sales may be dominant. However, the number of Android handsets offered by various smartphone manufacturers is hard to deny. The combined efforts of these manufacturers are just much too handle by manufacturers that carry just a single form of platform. This is why Apple and Blackberry is in trouble in the long run.

Ovum says that smartphone users will grow at an annual rate of 14.5 percent from 2010 to 2016. By 2016, North America will receive 165 million shipments of smartphones, Western Europe will receive 175 million, and the Asia Pacific will receive 200 million shipments.

The forecast by Ovum says that by 2016, 38 percent of smartphone users will be Android handset users, 17.5 percent will be iOS users, 17.2 percent will be Windows Phone users, and 16.5 will be Blackberry users. From these figures, it is safe to assume that you are most likely to own an android handset. It is also most likely that you already own.

Today, the numbers are constantly growing. In the Android Market, the number of apps available for download is constantly growing. In a matter of 5 months, the number of apps in this market jumped from a mere 100K to 250K, compared to the Apple App Store’s 285K to 350K. Furthermore, Android handsets offer cutting edge technology like never seen before. Examples of these handsets are the LG Optimus 2X, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play, and the Samsung Galaxy S2.

Source: Electricpig

The Honeycomb Gives the iOS 4.3 a Run for its Money

This is definitely the year of the tablet. Various manufacturers have either announced or release tablets that come with technology we never thought possible. Here are some of your choices. Apple has released the iPad and its predecessor the iPad 2, which are powered by the iOS 4.3. Most of the other choices consist of Android 3.0 OS (Honeycomb). Examples of these tablets are the Motorola Xoom and the LG Optimus Pad. With the many choices available, what platform is the most ideal? Tablets running on the Android Honeycomb are more ideal. Let’s find out why.

Streamlined For Tablets

First of all, the tablet Android OS accommodates the tablets screen size better than Apple. You get to see things like a thumbnail view of running apps. Furthermore, the overlay of status and settings are much more advanced compared to the competition.  


When it comes to interface, Android’s Honeycomb still wins the race. Both platforms offer fast access to things like apps and OS applications with a touch of a finger. However, Android brings this feature a step further. It does this by supporting widgets. This will make accessing your favorites faster on the home screen.


When performance comes to mind, Google truly did an outstanding job. Various tests were performed on the OS and it stayed stable no matter how demanding the apps’ requirements proved to be. It did well with photo apps, the browser, and games. It had no problems when it came to multitasking as well.

Finding and Installing Apps

Finding and installing apps on Android tablets running on the Honeycomb is as easy as pie. First you log on to the Android market and choose from categorized apps. After the download, you can immediately choose to install and even view the status of the installation.

With these advantages, the Honeycomb gives the iOS 4.3 a run for its money.


Source: Techradar


Samsung Galaxy S Finally Can Be Upgraded to Gingerbread

The Samsung Galaxy S is one of the smartphones that put Samsung on the map, when it comes to mobile phone technology. It presented the many possibilities that can be achieved with an Android handset. In its original version, the smartphone was powered by the Android OS version 2.1 (Éclair). In the past, this was the latest OS version Android had to offer. It allowed you to enjoy more the web as well as other innovative features. 

When the Froyo (Android version 2.2) was released, it took a while before S users were allowed to upgrade their 2.1 version to the 2.2 version OS. After delays upon delays, the smartphone finally had access to the update. Although there were a lot of frustrated users, they were thrilled to finally make use of the update.

This March of 2011, the 2.3 version of the OS (Gingerbread) will be available to the smartphone’s users. This meant that you could enjoy a whole range of new features. One of these features is better web fidelity. This is one of the advantages of making use of an Android handset. It is fully integrated with the Adobe Flash Player. This means that you will have access to millions of websites that rely on this application.

Another feature is better text input, copying, and pasting. The Gingerbread offers options that will make it easier for you to type in text using the touch UI’s virtual keyboard. In addition, it also allows you to copy and paste with complete ease.

Energy efficiency is also one of the OS upgrade’s key features. The Froyo was 2 to 5 times faster than its Éclair counterpart. It was also more energy efficient as well. If the Froyo was more powerful and faster at the same time, you can just imagine the efficiency and speed the Gingerbread brings to the picture.

Now, the Samsung Galaxy S can enjoy the same OS prowess offered by the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the Google Nexus S. This update is available in the UK via Samsung Kies.


Source: Recombu


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