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Honeycomb update for HTC Flyer rolling out now

What’s the difference between current Android tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the HTC Flyer? Aside from their screen sizes, the two previously mentioned tablets sport 10.1 inch displays while the later sports a 7 inch display, only the Flyer is running Gingerbread (smartphone-optimized) while the two run Honeycomb (tablet-optimized). Now, the Taiwanese firm has announced that it will be rolling out the Honeycomb 3.2 update for its 7 inch tablet today.

Announced on the company’s official Facebook page, HTC said that the Honeycomb update will first roll out to Europe. Soon after, the update will roll out to Flyer customers in the US.

HTC said on its post, “Ready for some ‘sweet’ news? The GSM version of the HTC Flyer tablet, available in Europe, is beginning to receive updates to Honeycomb beginning today!

“Honeycomb brings a ton of improvements to Android on tablets, including the latest version of HTC Sense for Tablet with enhanced Internet browsing, Mail, Calendar and more all optimized for the 7-inch screen.

“Not to be outdone, the Wi-Fi version of the HTC Flyer will receive its Honeycomb update soon, too! Stay tuned for more details.”

Do you own an HTC Flyer? Eager to receive the Honeycomb 3.2 update for your 7 inch slate? Give us your thoughts.


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