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All posts tagged "Honeycomb"

  • 13 more of the coolest hidden Google tricks

    Ok, I’ll admit it. I made a mistake. I tried to pack all the awesome hidden Google easter eggs into one article... and, really, there are way more than 17 ‘tricks’ built into Google products or entertaining sites to be found by clicking “I’m feeling lucky”. So, if you’re finished evading the ghosts in Google’s version of Pacman and you’re looking for some more awesomeness, read on. 1. Askew: If you run a Google search for the word “askew”, you may think you’ve somehow broken your monitor or telepathically adjusted your display settings. But really, Google has just shifted a few...

  • Hands on with the Motorola Xoom

    The XOOM was, of course, the first tablet to run Google's official tablet OS. If you buy it later this month, you'll get it with Honeycomb 3.0, but an immediate upgrade to 3.1 is available, which includes the software necessary to enable the XOOM’s SD card reader. The XOOM has an NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and a 10.1-inch 1280x800 widescreen HD display. HDMI out allows you to hook the XOOM up to your HDTV and a 5MP rear-facing shooter captures 720p video, while the 2MP front-facing shooter enables video chats using Google Talk. Read more...

  • Penny drops on new Honeycomb display tech

    After a blog post to the Android developers blog, the penny has dropped as why the Honeycomb 3.2 update is actually a big thing. It allows proper support for 7" screens. Until now, mid-size tablets fell into the cracks between smartphones and full-size tablets, with apps often unable to swap smoothly between portrait and landscape, or not displaying properly. Read more on Gearburn.com

  • The tablet: a fringe gadget

    Tablets are fringe gadgets. Once we acknowledge this simple truth, Apple’s dominance with the iPad makes perfect sense. In 2011, we still tend to debate the necessity of a tablet computer in our lives. It’s an auxiliary device that we may choose to aspire to beyond the foundations of our basic gadget pyramid of needs: smartphone and laptop/desktop computer. What beggars belief then, is the fashion in which the world’s most powerful technology companies continue to approach tablet production. Unlike Apple that released a polished, if basic, product at launch, a sense of mass hysteria caused competitors to knee-jerk unfinished copycat...

  • Android VP tries to allay fears of developer community

    The Android mobile platform is a runaway smash hit with users around the world. Research firm Gartner has released a report predicting that nearly half the world's smartphones will run Android by the end of 2012. But a backlash has been developing in recent months from developers over Google's perceived reluctance to release its latest Android code, encapsulated in an article in Business Week that described "a scenario where Google could have total control over what sort of tweaking can be done to Android’s user interface and that soon Google would begin dictating which chipsets are best optimised for...

  • Honeycomb and Xoom: Just one look and then my heart went boom

    I’m in love with Android Honeycomb and I want it right now. Google held a special event at its headquarters in Mountain View on Wednesday, and gave an in-depth demo of the latest operating system for tablets: Android 3.0, also known as Honeycomb. Honeycomb is tailored for the new generation of tablet-sized computers," Google mobile products director Hugo Barra said while demonstrating software features at the Internet titan's headquarters in Mountain View, California. "We've spent a tremendous amount of time really optimizing performance on Honeycomb." The free, open-source operating system is expected to quickly be built into an array of tablets in...