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Google is apparently preparing its own entry in the growing Android tablet competition. Reports say Google is working with LG on a Nexus-branded tablet running the Android Honeycomb 3.0 software.
The tablet could ship as soon as this summer, according to tech pundit Eldar Murtazin, writing for Mobile-Review [translation].
Google first partnered with HTC to create its own brand smartphone, Nexus One, which is now retired. Then Google paired with Samsung for the successor Nexus S, also running the latest version of Android at the time. Given Google’s history of teaming up to manufacturers to release phones under its brand, it’s indeed possible a Nexus tablet developed in partnership with yet with another manufacturer (LG) is coming up to shape the Android tablet landscape.
Besides projecting release in either midsummer or early fall, Murtazin did not detail any specifications on the rumored Nexus tablet. But if past experiences with the Nexus One and Nexus S are any indication, the Nexus tablet would come preinstalled with a new version of Android Honeycomb 3.X. Like the Nexus S, Google would also sell the tablet direct to consumers, or via subsidized deals from wireless carriers – if the tablet will have 3G/4G capabilities alongside Wi-Fi.
LG is also preparing its own Android tablet, the G-Slate, with an 8.9-inch screen and 3D features, priced at $529 from T-Mobile. Running on a dual-core 1GHz processor, the G-Slate has two 5-megapixel cameras on the back to record 3D video, but requires special glasses to view 3D content on the G-Slate. The tablet will run Android 3.0 and come with 32GB of internal memory.
Android 2.X Tablets Miss Honeycomb Party
Another interesting tidbit of information from Muratazin’s report could be bad news for owners of Android 2.X tablets like the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. Apparently Google’s licensing agreement with manufacturers specifically prevents them from upgrading the smartphone-oriented Android 2.X to tablet-optimized Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
If true, the rumor of the Android 2.X tablets not being able to upgrade to Honeycomb could also affect some other tablets expected later this year on the market. One notable example is the HTC Evo 4G (the stateside version of the HTC Flyer), which HTC said it will come with the Sense interface, on top of Android 2.3. But it is yet to be seen whether it will receive at some point an update to Honeycomb or not.
As we tell you quite frequently Google is very good at getting updates out for their Android mobile platform. The problem arises when it comes to manufacturers actually getting the latest updates pushed to their devices. A prime example of this would be Google’s latest Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 which, despite being out for quite some time, has still only been installed on Google’s own Nexus One and Nexus S.
Owners of the Motorola Droid X on Verizon are sure to know that rumors had been floating around about the Gingerbread update coming to the device sometime this weekend. This would have came virtually out of no where considering neither Motorola nor Verizon came forth to deny or confirm this rumor. Well unfortunately it seems that another rumor has come forth today that says just about the exact opposite.
According to this latest round of rumors the Gingerbread update for the Droid X was denied by Verizon pushing its release date back. Of course there is no official confirmation to this rumor either so the Droid X’s update status is essentially still in the air.
There are many different phones on the market powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system from a wide array of different manufacturers. Each of these different phones feature their fair share of positive qualities be it price, big screen, high res camera or what have you. However, just about every Android smartphone is the same in that it takes quite some time before actually being updated to the latest version of Android.
In fact, some of the only smartphones currently on the market running Android 2.3 include Google’s own Nexus One and Nexus S. Luckily, many other manufacturers have let us know in the past that they do plan on releasing the Android 2.3 update at some point in the future. For instance, LG has just come forth today by way of Facebook to let us know that the Android 2.3 update for their highly popular Optimus One will be made available this Spring.
Of course things are subject to change so until something along the lines of a press release goes out we’d say don’t get too excited just yet.
Google may have jumped the gun on announcing that the Android 2.3.3 update for the Nexus One was available – although they did say that it could be a few weeks until the update deployed OTA, it wasn’t available for download and install, either. Or, rather, it wasn’t until now: the update .ZIPs have been posted and can be downloaded directly from Google.
Obviously, Gingerbread brings a ton of new features, and 2.3.3 builds upon them even further. Install instructions are the same as previous updates:
I grabbed these instructions from Android Central, so be sure to show them some love:
- Download the update from here.
- Rename the file to update.zip. Note that if you’re using Windows, just rename it to “update” (no quotes, of course) because it’s already a zipped file.
- Copy the update.zip file onto your microSD card.
- With your Nexus One off, hold down the trackball and press the power button (for the Nexus S, hit Volume Up + Power).
- You’ll be booted into a white screen with three Android robots on skateboards. Select “Bootloader.”
- On the next screen, select “Recovery.”
- Your phone will reboot, giving you a picture of the Android robot and an exclamation point inside a triangle.
- Now press the power button and volume up button at the same time. It could take a couple of tries.
- Now (using the trackball this time) choose “Apply sdcard:update.zip” and let things run their course.
Update: We’ve just successfully applied the 2.3.3 update to our Nexus S. As you can see below, everything went very smoothly:
Congratulations Nexus One owners, the wait for Gingerbread is almost over. Today, Google has finally begun pushing out the latest version of Android, codenamed Gingerbread, to Nexus One devices. While the rollout is likely to take a few days, it’s likely that if you have a Nexus One, that you will receive it very soon.
Nexus S owners can also look forward to an OTA update as well, which includes fixes for some annoying and troublesome issues, like the random reboot issue, and support for Near Field Communication. It also includes a substantial change that prevents Facebook from syncing the way it used to.
Google is aggressively expanding its anti-Facebook ambitions, and this latest move underpins it in the most obvious way possible.
Who is destined to rule the web? Google or Facebook?
Good news for long-suffering Nexus One owners – Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread has finally begun rolling out for the original Nexus and its big brother, the Nexus S over-the-air. For the Nexus S, 2.3.3 will introduce new near-field communication (NFC) capabilities. For those still rocking a Nexus One, this will be the first official taste of Gingerbread on the device.
The news was broken via the official Google Nexus Twitter account, which advises users to be patient, and says that the OTA update process will take several weeks. Of course, direct links to the OTA update package should start to emerge long before then for anyone feeling a little impatient. [GoogleNexus on Twitter]