The Xoom 2 has been rumored for a long time now. Finally, it has leaked in pictures. The image you see above is the face of the new Motorola Xoom 2, or should i say, Googorola Xoom 2.
Anyhow, the next version of the original Xoom, is codenamed MZ617. According to DroidLife’s sources, the Xoom2 weighs similar to the original, has HDMI and micro USB at the bottom, and a HD camera on the back with big buttons for power and rotation lock. A SIM card slot is present, assuming LTE is supported. No mention about the processor, screen size looks like the same 10.1″. And look at those angled corners, they definitely remind me of Nokia’s design styling with the N8,E7 and X7. Also, the Nokia patent design for tablet looks *very* similar. Come on Nokia, sue google/motorola NOW 😛
Let’s hope atleast this Xoom is good for a tablet experience. But for this to succeed, Android honeycomb has to be good, i don’t see that happening. Check source link for the picture of Xoom 2’s backside.
Source Droid Life
This is in line with a series of patent spats that Apple has started with droid manufacturers, specifically Samsung wand HTC. While HTC has retorted back with some new patents that it bought from Google, Samsung is still battling it out in various continents, mainly because Apple claims Samsung is an iClone manufacturer.
It has won the case in various european countries and has completely blocked sale of the Galaxy range of devices. Now, it wants to do the same in Japan. Apple has filed the case in the Tokyo district and seeks to ban the sales of Galaxy devices and wants compensation of 100 million Yen ( around 1.3 million $ ).
It’s game on. Either Samsung should change their designs or just use the stock Android UI so that the devices don’t look the same.
Ice cream sandwich, the next big thing in the droid world after “Honeycomb” is set to arrive in October or November, according to Google’s ex-CEO Eric Schmidt.
Apparently, during a Salesforce conference, at which the ex-CEO of el goog was present, mentioned to Marc Benioff ( CEO, Salesforce ) :
We have a new operating system, internally known as Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason, which is being released in October/November, which everyone’s really excited about.
According to Google, the ICS version of Android is THE version that will integrate the user experience of both Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Apart from the UI, there are many changes under the hood too, nothing unveiled yet.
The first device that will run the latest version of Android is of course, the next Nexus, which is rumored to be called as Nexus Prime, made by Samsung.
With that said, head on past the break to see the actual video of the conference, which spans more than an hour. You can see Eric making that statement at the 30th minute of that video.
Source Salesforce via TIMN
Firefox, the second most used browser in the world, has been there for mobile devices since the Maemo times, it’s prominently used in Android too, but gets lost due to too many choices in the market. But they are not giving up, they have just demoed the concept of how the Honeycomb Firefox browser will look like.
The UI looks much in line with Honeycomb’s minimalistic styling with Landscape tabs reminding us of the Honeycomb’s task switcher. The buttons are styled as per the Firefox specifications, for example the big back button and the address bar which incorporates a refresh button, but they look minimal with flattened lines and 2D looks.
The above image shows you the tabbed browsing interface that mozilla hid with a left swipe in mobile. Clearly taking advantage of the real estate offered in tablets, the interface offers easy management of tabs. The below image shows you how the tabs work in portrait orientation.
Oh and they chose to keep their awesome bar that was an impressive feature in Mobile.
For more update on when this will arrive for real, follow the Firefox blog ! 🙂
Recently, we came across a weird story that Android ran on some person’s touchpad out of the box. The person even put it on eBay for sale.
Well,forget that, no need to buy a droidPad now that CyanogenMod has really got Android working on a touchpad already.
This all started with the HP TouchPad firesale that happened the last before weekend. More than 60% of the people who bought it wanted Android running on their TouchPad.
If you are not aware, the CyanogenMod team is responsible for making the most stable Android aftermarket firmwares like the CM7, currently the most popular too. They are the persons responsible for making Android, i mean CyanogenMod 7 ( Based on Gingerbread ) running on the HP touchpad. The OS is in the alpha stage right now.
Major kudos to the team. Apparently they dont want that bounty of 2000$ thats going the rounds. They say ” We are motivated to do it right, not do it fast “. Aren’t they so cool ?
Anyhow, here’s the video of the alpha Android that is a few weeks old, seems they already have a much better version running now. Take a look :
They say they’ll provide a final solution that allows to multi boot our choice of the OS. Sounds great for all you TouchPad power users who would want some of the Green Robot’s vast catalog of apps.
The Firesale of the HP touchpad was so crazy, right ? Well, things just got crazier, apparently one guy who bought the fiercely sold from an online retailer, says he got the TouchPad running Froyo(yeah, Android) out-of-the-box. Say what ?!
Here’s the proof :
This guy, wants to sell his DroidPad ( i call dibs on this ! 😛 ) on eBay for 499$ . May be you can get it from him and claim that bounty for running Android on the touchpad. Oh, and another person got hold of a similar DroidPad and has dumped the rom on Rootzwiki.
There are no theories on how this build on Android has landed on the TouchPad, this is no hack or mod. Engadget thinks it may be an internal dev device in Qualcomm. But how the heck did it go on retail ? Apparently it’s the Fire Sale to blame.
Read on to see lots of videos of Android running on Touchpad [Video]
Source eBay , Via Engadget
Fancy a bigger and better live view display for your Canon EOS DSLR ? Well, there’s an app for that ! ( P.S : Currently available only for SGS 2 [KG1 or newer FW] and Honeycomb tablets )
Called DSLR controller, this Android app allows you to output the live view mode from your DSLR to your Android phone through a USB otg adapter.
Video demo :
DSLR Controller is the first and only app that will allow you to control your Canon EOS DSLR from a compatible Android device over USB. You need a Honeycomb tablet or an SGS2 (with KG1 or newer firmware) and a USB host (OTG, On-The-Go) cable / adapter for this.
It is now available from Market (desktop link):
Also see the discussion thread on XDA-Developers.com:
Cool, right ?
Priced at 8.5 $ on the Android market, this app is quite an experiment for all DSLR lovers out there.