Posts tagged ‘Honeycomb’

Pictures of Moto Xoom 2 break cover

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

Firefox demoes it’s browser concept for tablets, mainly Honeycomb

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 ! 🙂

Source IanBarlow

Nvidia shows off Kal-El : Four cores of mind blowing performance

Nvidia, a leader in PC graphics made a splash in the smartphone arena with the SoC called Tegra. Then, Tegra 2 came and conquered the Tablet space , atleast by OEM volumes. Having done a silent transition from the PC market to the smartphone market, Nvidia have carved out a name for themselves by delivering performance in small packages. They need to maintain a legacy right ? So, here they are , educating the world of their awesomeness. Have a look at the video demo of the tablet gaming future.

This , my friends is what Nvidia is known for, and i am glad that they are carrying forward the legacy. This demo tell us that , the computing power of portable devices are actually increasing manifold.I am dumb founded by how fast the technology has leaped forward. Driven mainly by Apple in the gaming section.

The quad core next generation Tegra SoC codenamed Kal-El is right now on pre production stage and is expected to hit retail units by August, if the rumor is right.

The demo game called  “Glow ball” is going to be released to the Android market when the tablets powered by Kal-eL hit the market as promised. You may be wowed by these kind of stunts, however it’s solely upto the third party developers to take advantage of the hardware. Honestly, Android devices have one of the most powerful hardware on the planet but i don’t see developers pating much attention to it, considering that almost all the new devices launched in 2011 are dual core, and i am yet to be blown away by some insanely rich games. Whereas Apple on the other hand, had incredibly detailed titles with previous generation processor and graphics. With the iPad 2 , the exploit has really started .

I would like to see the same thing happening to Kal-El . I want devs to take it seriously and produce some insane games that i might play on my future device that can support extreme gaming too.

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Sony’s prospective tablet future starts with iconic S1 and dual screen S2

Still a concept ?

Sony, known to make the most glamorous notebooks , is now in the tablet game with the launch of two tablets namely S1 and S2 . Like Asus and Dell , Sony is jumping head-first into the second most competitive “tablet segment” and they have chosen to side with evil, errrr… i mean Google. Yes , they are using Honeycomb as their ecosystem catalyst , modifying it looks-wise and are supplying their own specialized apps like for ex : Qriocity for music streaming et al.

It is very interesting to note that Sony, not Sony Ericcsson, is bringing the stuff to the table.  Note that all legacy PC manufacturers, like HP,Dell and ASUS wanted a slice of the smartphone segment and they all did it, except Sony, because they already had Sony Ericsson to churn out a significant amount of smartphones, but looking at the tablet segment, Sony seems to have taken quite a liking . By all means, SE has better workforce in terms of skill based on ARM devices. If they had wanted , they could have slapped a Qualcomm chipset onto a bigger slab and called it a tablet, like what HTC did with Flyer. But no, Sony had seen something so lucrative in the tablet market that they ditched SE and took full control. So, virtually every big shard PC manufacturer is directly involved in the tablet arena created by erstwhile PC manufacturer Apple ( Mac is a personal computer !). And every other manufacturer than Apple or HP is using the latest version of Google’s Android Honeycomb, which is yet to take off well, in terms of native apps. While the addition of Sony brings class and innovation , we should also note that it’s also bringing huge competition to it’s own ecosystem. Now, all that info aside, let’s concentrate on the new tablets for the time being.

Some details from Sony’s press notes :

 S1 has a 9.4-inch display for enjoying the web and rich content on a large screen. Its off-center of gravity design realizes stability and ease of grip as well as a sense of stability and lightness, offering comfortable use for hours.

S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded for easy portability. In contrast to existing tablets, its unprecedented dual screen presentation and usability allows its displays to be combined and used as a large screen or for different functions such as playing video on one screen while showing control buttons on the other.

The S1 is designed like a magazine book, when folded . Has a much traditional form factor otherwise. 9.4 inch touchscreen and a bezel on the front, and other Honeycomb standards like Tegra 2 processor, front and rear facing cameras.. etc. The S2 has two 1024×480 displays with a lot of bezel. Both S1 and S2 have a lot in common, that is , hardware innards, both are PlayStation certified, they are capable of acting as remote control for all Sony bravia AV devices,also DLNA support,while sporting a new tile based Honeycomb UI.

Hit the break for the press release.

More details and a video here

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Gameloft shows off 10 titles for Xperia Play [Video]

You know SE Xperia play , the PSP phone *hell yeah !*. Gameloft, one of the leading mobile gaming companies has demoed 10 titles on the Xperia Play.

Those titles are :

  1. Spider-Man: Total Mayhem
  2. Uno HD
  3. Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles
  4. Real Football 2011
  5. Star Battalion
  6. Splinter Cell: Conviction
  7. Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus
  8. Let’s Golf! 2
  9. Brother’s In Arms 2: Global Front
  10. Asphalt 6: Adrenaline

Have a look at how it plays out in the brand new PSP phone ! Again *hell yeah* !

Via Android Central

Quickoffice Pro HD demoed on Honeycomb [Video]

The multi platform productivity app called Quickoffice has now been ported and adapted to the Motorola Xoom which runs Android 3.0, honeycomb.They call this version , Quickoffice PRO HD. Quickoffice has been the choice of mobile users for a long time , it nearly is synonymous with mobile productivity, first made popular on the Symbian platform, then got it’s footprint on every other platform and it’s now on the tablet scene, first in Android Honeycomb.

Following functionalities have been demoed in the video :

  • MS powerpoint ( Pretty laggy :-/ )
  • MS Access
  • MS Word and
  • PDF reader

Check out the video demo :

Via LaptopMag