The founder of Android and chief of engineering at Google, Andy Rubin displayed the 10-inch tablet to demonstrate Android 2.3 Honeycomb which, it later emerged, also has a Verizon Wireless logo on it.
Technology website CNET had it from a source that the Motorola Honeycomb tablet runs on an ARM-based NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 dual core processor. The tablet has a display resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, a gyroscope sensor as well as two cameras — a 5 megapixel camera at the back and a 2 megapixel camera on the front for video conferencing.
Motorola’s Honeycomb tablet has 512MB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and supports microSD cards. The device reportedly also has a microUSB port as well as a mini HDMI port. It has a 3.5 mm headphone jack and perhaps a docking port as well. The Motorola Honeycomb tablet is capable of using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G and LTE networks.
Google Android has become a hugely popular smartphone platform — with more than 100,000 Android powered HTC EVO devices having been sold, and similar success witnessed by Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone, but it is still remains to be seen how well the platform will work on tablets. Samsung has indeed used Android 2.2 Froyo to power its 7-inch Galaxy Tab and similarly Indian manufacturer Olive Communications has also made a tablet running on Froyo, but Google says that the existing versions of Android aren’t optimal for tablet devices. But Android 2.3 or Gingerbread is tailored for tablets and might be a completely different product from previous versions of the OS. Also see: Top 10 Android tablets
While Samsung’s Galaxy Tab has been hugely successful, the company hasn’t managed to convince many developers to create apps for tablets on the Android platform before Google releases an operating system specifically for tablets. There is great demand for tablets though and it appears that many manufacturers are creating Android tablets even before Honeycomb is released.
This might mean that when Honeycomb does come out, there won’t be many takers for it because most of the existing devices will be running on Froyo. However, it seems far more likely that Google will counter this problem by allowing devices (tablets in particular) that run on Android 2.2 Froyo to upgrade to Honeycomb.
It is speculated that Android Honeycomb will be out in February, but probably not at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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