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Android 3.1 Ice Cream Sundae is expected to be unveiled during Google I/O in San Francisco next month

Labs in Mountain View and Cupertino are hiding fresh takes on the computing market. Apple recently announced that they’ll unveil their fresh take during WWDC 2011 in June, while we can now say with fairly certainty that Google will unveil their fresh take during Google I/O in May.
Android 3.1 Ice Cream Sundae is the full name of the next step in a computing world increasingly dominated by Google. Only time will tell whether Apple’s iOS 5 will be ready to compete head-to-head with Android 3.1 from day one, but we expect these two systems to steal most of the headlines soon.
Google reportedly celebrates the key milestone in advance, by shaking up its management structure. The LA Times has the scoop on the new structure of top executives:
CEO – Larry Page
SVP Mobile – Andy Rubin
SVP Social – Vic Gundotra
SVP Chrome – Sundar Pichai
SVP YouTube – Salar Kamangar
SVP Search – Alan Eustance
SVP Ads – Susan Wojcicki
Imagine devices and computers taking full advantage of each division here, and you’ll get a sense of where Google is headed for the time being. It begins with Android 3.1 Ice Cream Sundae, which will reportedly run on Smartphones, Tablets and TVs. Exactly when Android 3.1 products will appear remains to be seen, but we imagine Google and friends plan a big splash across all three product categories this summer, with Apple possibly to follow with a big splash this fall.
So, where does all this leave competitors like HP, RIM, Nokia and Microsoft? HP, RIM and Microsoft can best be described has having deep ties to the corporate side of technology, and all three are currently developing products that aim to cater to both corporations and consumers. Nokia recently decided to join Microsoft’s effort in that regard.
Anything could still happen, and it’s most definitely not a given that Google and Apple will rule on a global scale a few years from now. The days when it was easy to remain at the top are long gone. Nokia can attest to that fact any day of the week. This spring, however, it’s time to enjoy the next version of Android.

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Google will Make Android Honeycomb as An Open Source Operating System?

Android-OS-150x103 Affirming gossip about Android Honeycomb, Google said that it will still make all of its operating system (OS), including Honeycomb (Android 3.0) brings open source.

Andy Rubin as Vice President of Engineering, in the Android Developers blob said that they will remain open source platform and released the source code when it is ready.

He explained that the Android team is also still working hard to deliver all the features Honeycomb to the phone. Immediately after completion, Google will publish the source code.

He add that this temporary delay, it does not mean we change the strategy.

The releasing of the Android OS is as open source earlier version, has distinguished privilege of Google as an alternative to its competitors like Apple and Research In Motion.

But the emergence of Honeycomb for use in smaller devices, blowing news that Google will not make it open source. In fact, Google’s decision will not release Honeycomb because the internet giant wants ‘honeycomb’  to become better.

As wea are known, although Honeycomb has been embedded in tablets Xoom Motorola, Google mentions OS source code was not yet ready to be released to the public for the use of other devices such as smartphones.

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HTC EVO View 4G Launching With Android 3.0 Honeycomb?

view3 Sprint announced the HTC EVO View 4G back in March at CTIA and what we saw was a gorgeous, WiMax enabled tablet that was running a version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. However, just a short time ago, Sprint’s “This just in” page listed  the HTC EVO View 4G will be arriving with Android Honeycomb 3.0.

So which is it? Will the tablet that won our award for Best Tablet of CTIA arrive with the sweet taste of Honeycomb? Or will it arrive with a version of Gingerbread?

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t clear. Sprint spokesman Mark Elliott had told Android Central that the company will in fact be offering Honeycomb on the HTC EVO View 4G however, they don’t know exactly when they will be offering it.  He states that:

It’s too early to determine whether or not Honeycomb will be available at launch.

He also says that the ‘This just in’ page will be tweaked (it has already, saying ‘Latest version of Android’) so as to not cause as much confusion about the version of Android that will be on this thing when it hits shelves. While a launch with Android 3.0 sure would be nice, the fact that HTC and Sprint as of yet don’t have the Honeycomb code make the prospects of said launch extremely bleak.

It’s likely that we’ll see Gingerbread when the device launches this summer.

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Google Nexus Tablet in the Works at LG; Will it Come With Android Ice Cream?

Google is probably the latest entity to join the arena of tablet makers. The company is reportedly mulling over the launch of a new a Nexus tablet alongside their smartphone – Google Nexus S.


Speculations have it that the upcoming tablet will be built by LG. This new choice of the manufacturer triggers many a question. As we know, the Nexus S was built by Samsung and Google preferred HTC for making the first Google Nexus phone.

Well, does this mean that Samsung and HTC have fallen out of favor with Google these days?  The general feeling is what we just voiced, but then we will have to go deeper into that.

The upcoming Nexus Tablet, going by what we get to understand, might release  sometime during summer. However, there are Google trackers who have started speculating on an autumn date.

This tablet from the house of Google could be the first device that runs the Google Ice Cream OS, the next Android OS version after Honeycomb. Now, doesn’t that make you sit up and take note of what we are saying?

We guess an exquisite package in the form of a tablet from the Google-LG workshops is definitely in the pipeline. We are just waiting for a confirmation from  Google on that.


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Android partners furious at Honeycomb delays

Access to Honeycomb’s open source code confined to Google’s key tablet partners for an unspecified period

The danger of open source is that a platform becomes fragmented and the implementations can be of varying quality. This dilemma is highlighted in Google’s decision to delay broad release of the tablet optimized version of Android, Honeycomb, a move that has reawakened fury over a ‘two-tier approach’. Developers and OEMs claim that, in a truly open source environment, they should get equal access to new releases, but in fact, Google is restricting Honeycomb, for now, to its primary partners, such as Motorola, HTC and Samsung.

Google said it was holding back on general release of Honeycomb’s open source code because it still had "more work to do" before the OS was ready for "other device types including phones". But this is not just about reuniting Android, with a single version applicable to small and large screens. Many Android supporters want to use it for tablets, just like Motorola and co, but will now have to wait for an unspecified time to be able to go beyond the basic reference design. Lack of access to the code will make it harder to differentiate products and, given that there may be an update to Honeycomb before year end, they will have little time to get a return on their investment.

Google’s aim is clearly to ensure quality control but the firm has some tough choices ahead – whether to stick to its open source credentials and continue to draw on the benefits of a huge open development community; or whether to ensure that the Android brand is consistent and well regarded, like Apple’s, which means asserting full control over the platform, who can use it and what they can do to change it.

Google is not referring to any of these issues of quality versus quantity in Android vendors and devices. It insists the issues are purely technical, and center on making Honeycomb suited to the whole range of gadgets, not just tablets. In an interview with BusinessWeek, Android chief Andy Rubin indicated this could take several months to resolve.

He said: "To make our schedule to ship the tablet, we made some design trade-offs. We didn’t want to think about what it would take for the same software to run on phones." So Google took a "shortcut" and released an OS suited only to tablets. He added that, if Google were to open up the Honeycomb code now, it could not prevent developers from putting it on phones and "creating a really bad user experience. We have no idea if it will even work on phones".

"Google refused to give out any information about Honeycomb, and the end result was no one could deviate from the reference design," said a senior engineer with a large mobile systems maker in Taiwan, as quoted by the magazine.

Taking a different twist on Android tablets is RIM, which has confirmed that its upcoming PlayBook will be able to run Android apps as well as its own operating system. This was first reported in February, and now the company has officially said it will launch two optional ‘app players’, which will provide runtimes for BlackBerry Java and for Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) respectively. It will also soon release the native developers’ kit for the PlayBook, supporting C/C++ on the BlackBerry Tablet OS, which uses the technology acquired with QNX last year.

RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie said on the company’s earnings call that the players would ensures a "tonnage of apps" for users, but that people wanting to create really high performance programs optimized for the PlayBook should use its own OS.

On the call, RIM also addressed its community’s disappointment with the last upgrade to the main BlackBerry OS, which made its debut on the Torch. The next version, release 6.1, will be a "major upgrade", insisted the company, providing a complete "overhaul" rather than an incremental update (though that was said about last year’s BlackBerry OS 6 too). It should appear at BlackBerry World in May.

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HTC Pyramid 4G: Running Android 2.4 – Ice Cream in June?

Since we first heard about the HTC Pyramid smartphone, a 4G dual-core processor phone, rumored to be coming to T-Mobile, we’ve been getting quite excited. This sounds like a great phone but one of the things we’d heard that was rather baffling to us was that it would be running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

This sounded rather unlikely to us and we felt it was more likely to have Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense, as Honeycomb was an operating system specifically designed for tablets. We recently supplied you with more specs and then some pictures of this handset and also speculated about how much you’d be willing to pay for the Pyramid. Now we’ve heard a little more news about the operating system.

According to Adam Mills over on GottaBeMobile, sourced from TMO, the HTC Pyramid will be running on Android 2.4. Hang on though, that OS is not actually out yet. We previously heard the likely release date for the HTC Pyramid was May although GottaBeMobile are saying it could be June and by that time of course, Android 2.4 could be available. (We were expecting to see Android 2.4 announced at Google I/O on May 10 & 11. It’s possible then, that the HTC Pyramid could be the first to feature Android 2.4, which we previously speculated could be dubbed Ice Cream.


Apparently the HTC Pyramid is sleeker and lighter than the Thunderbolt on Verizon. We’ve already heard about the 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera so the fact that it looks as though it will have Android 2.4 as well makes it one that will be at the top of many people’s lists. The fact that TMO states the information comes from a “solid source” sounds promising so for now we’re prepared to hope it could be accurate.

GSM Arena also reports on the HTC Pyramid running on Android 2.4 and although of course this could be merely a minor update to 2.3 Gingerbread it could be a completely updated operating system. It could even be a mixture of Gingerbread and Honeycomb as previously hinted. You may also be interested in our look at the Motorola Droid Bionic vs. the HTC Pyramid. What are your thoughts on the HTC Pyramid and the likelihood of it being shipped running on Android 2.4? Let us know with your comments


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Wi-Fi only XOOM on sale March 27 for $599

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Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) announced this week that its XOOM will now have a Wi-Fi edition in the U.S. beginning March 27. Some of the retailers offering the 10.1-inch HD tablet powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb include Amazon, Best Buy, RadioShack, Costco, Staples, Walmart, and some Sam’s Club locations. The 32 GB tablet has an MSRP of $599.

“Motorola XOOM is a truly innovative tablet – its design, coupled with being the first tablet to have Android 3.0, results in a user experience that is one-of-a-kind,” said Dan Papalia, vice president of retail sales for Motorola Mobility. “We are now continuing to expand the choices available to consumers with the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi to be available soon from numerous leading retailers in the United States.”

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Motorola fans are all kinds of excited for the XOOM when it was released February 24 and now that the tablet will be partnered with a Wi-Fi connection, they’re even giddier. The XOOM is still the only tablet to work off of the Honeycomb OS.

According to a statement, the XOOM showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience – including widgets, true multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization – on a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, enabling video content that’s richer and clearer than ever before. With a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, Motorola XOOM delivers exceptionally fast web-browsing performance.

The latest Google Mobile services include Google Maps 5.0™ with 3D interaction and access to more than 3 million Google eBooks and apps from Android Market™. The XOOM also supports a Beta of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2 downloadable from Android Market, enabling the delivery of rich Flash based web content including videos, casual games and rich Internet applications.


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WeatherBug for Honeycomb Review

Have a look with us at the most dominant weather app in the Android world, this one optimized not only for Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but specifically for the giant screens that Honeycomb is meant for. This is WeatherBug, an app made by WeatherBug Mobile, and we’ve got it working on the Motorola XOOM. This app is not only free, it’s utterly professional, and the ads that make it free are basically completely hidden (or built in so well you don’t even notice them as out of place.


First Impressions

When you first open the app, you notice one thing – your location shows up. Of course, there’s several other locations that show up as well, but you’d like to see the temperature in New York, right? I would. Every other little bit of weather you could ever want to see, the same stuff you’d see on the screen whilst watching the daily news and weather on television. And more. Each city has a tiny arrow in the corner showing that you could click it, or click it twice quickly rather, and there’s even MORE information, like what time of the day the sun is going to rise and set – a feature we’d like all by itself, and here it is in a bigger more awesome app.


And all of this is on the first screen. It’s difficult to say anything negative about this app, and not at all because it’s totally free. The first page has weather information and forecast, the second page has a map that’ll show you a Weather Layer on top of Satellite and Traffic layers fed by Google, those layers adjustable by opacity and animation frames delivered as clouds pass by.


There’s More?

Yes there’s basically a bonus feature that consists of real-world photographs from participating locations in your city. How often are these photos updated? It’s unclear, but that’s alright. Clearly these photos are inside the… hour? We can see that it’s night, and that there’s snow on the ground. That seems pretty accurate for us. If these photos are updated inside the hour, all the better.


Since Accuweather fails at life as a widget on Android 3.0, it brings us great pleasure to inform you that Weatherbug for Honeycomb has been released and is available for free!  It has a widget (small one) that actually works, you can set up multiple cities to track, and the UI is a knock-off of Android 3.0 that we 100% approve of.  This is how you do a tablet app.  Oh, and you’ll also notice a barometer reading because the XOOM has one, unlike some other tablets. 

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The final two features aren’t features really, they’re settings including Units, My Location, and Background Weather Updating, and a screen that’ll allow you to add cities to your list of watched locations. This feature is dense too in that you’re allowed to get quite specific on where you are as well as which weather station you’d like to follow. Well played!

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Report: iPad 2 Will Steer Clear of Competition in 2011

As smartphone sales for the Android continue to surge, many believe that Android-based devices have the potential to give the Apple iPad a run for its money in the tablet market. But according to a new report from Forrester Research, the iPad’s competitors won’t be able to keep up.

The report calls the iPad challengers – from Android Honeycomb tablets from Motorola and Toshiba to RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook and HP TouchPad – "solid products with fatally flawed product strategies."

"Miscalculations in pricing and distribution spell trouble for Android tablets, especially the Motorola Xoom," the report said.

The most basic version of the iPad is priced relatively low at $499, while the Motorola Xoom goes for about $100 more. You can get a Samsung Galaxy Tab for around $250, but that price tag is without a contract with a mobile carrier.

In addition to price, Forrester also believes consumers attribute more value to Apple products because of the company’s in-store service.

"Consumers are not only comparing feeds and speeds; there’s also a human factor," wrote report author Sarah Rotman Epps in a blog post. "The humans working in the Apple Store will have a huge impact teaching consumers about the iPad and how to use it."

"Compare the experience of walking into an Apple Store – where the iPad is front and center – to walking into a Verizon store where the Samsung Galaxy Tab is collecting dust at the back of the store and the sales reps don’t quite know what to make of it," she added. "Or walking into a Best Buy store, whose shelves will soon be lined with similar-looking tablets with similar functionality."

Forrester is forecasting that Apple will have at least 80 percent of the U.S. consumer market in 2011.

Although the report sang the iPad’s praises, it noted that there a few companies could make an impact in the tablet market, including Sony, Microsoft, Vizio and even Amazon.

"It would be easy to call the game for Apple as the second inning is starting, but we won’t because we see a market that’s ripe for disruption by Amazon in particular," Epps added. "Amazon could create a compelling Android- or Linux-based tablet offering easy access to Amazon’s storefront (including its forthcoming Android app store) and unique Amazon features like one-click purchasing, Amazon Prime service, and its recommendations engine."


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WeatherBug for Honeycomb

weatherbug_honeycomb_01-540x337thumb_ Have a look with us at the most dominant weather app in the Android world, this one optimized not only for Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but specifically for the giant screens that Honeycomb is meant for. This is WeatherBug, an app made by WeatherBug Mobile, and we’ve got it working on the Motorola XOOM. This app is not only free, it’s utterly professional, and the ads that make it free are basically completely hidden (or built in so well you don’t even notice them as out of place.

The new widget panel design on the new WeatherBug Mobile App for Android(TM) 3.0 Honeycomb from Google(TM) enables users to immediately access preferred weather information and views.


WeatherBug Android App is one of the best mobile weather apps around (even voted best weather app by You the Android Community in our first Android Network Awards). The app offers a wealth of weather information from today’s forecast to 7 day forecast, temperature, wind, humidity, dew point, etc. Get the days forecast or swipe for forecast by the hour. View weather on Google Maps, get severe weather alerts and a cool feature to view snapshots from local weather stations. WeatherBug boasts their forecasts can be more specific to your location offering more accurate information and the ability to update more frequently.

The final two features aren’t features really, they’re settings including Units, My Location, and Background Weather Updating, and a screen that’ll allow you to add cities to your list of watched locations. This feature is dense too in that you’re allowed to get quite specific on where you are as well as which weather station you’d like to follow. Well played!


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