As per usual, Google has updated their Android Platform Version Chart, which gives us a clear indication of how many devices are running each version of Android, based on Market usage. The results won't shock anybody, but they do say good things about the current state of fragmentation in Android. Froyo continues it dominance, taking over half of the chart, while Android 2.1 still remains strong with 35%, likely due in large part to the massive number of Galaxy S phones still running it.
We've seen quite a few tablets running Honeycomb as of late (and I'm sure there are still a lot more to come - after all, CES is only just beginning), but up until now, we haven't had a chance to get a good look at the OS itself. The wait is now over, however - a teaser video for the OS was recently uploaded to YouTube via androiddevelopers, Google's official Android developer account.
If you love the idea behind ASUS' recently announced MeMO tablet but want a physical keyboard, you'll be delighted to know that the company has just announced two more Android tablets in the Eee Pad line - namely, the Slider and the Transformer.
For the most part, the two share the same specs:
- Tegra 2 processor
- 512MB RAM, 1GB ROM
- 10.1" 1280x800 capacitive IPS display
- 1.2 MP front-facing camera, 5 MP rear
- Mini HDMI port
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
However, there are also some key differentiators between the Slider and the Transformer - for example, the former includes a USB 2.0 port, while the latter comes with 16, 32, or 64 GB of eMMC storage (as opposed to the Slider's 16 or 32 GB of flash).
It's been a long time since I was excited about putting a stylus to a touchscreen, but ASUS' new Eee Pad MeMO might just have what it takes to win me over. For starters, it's running Honeycomb, has a dual-core Qualcomm 8260 CPU clocked at 1.2GHz, and features both a 1.2MP front-facing camera and a 5MP rear counterpart.
The specs are only half the story, though - the tablet will also come with Media Note, which is a glorified notes app, as well as Painter, a painting app where the included capacitive stylus could really come in handy.
The specs are really the most impressive part of this story, so let's get right to them:
- 10.1-inch capacitive 1280x800 display
- "Adaptive Display" technology, aka an ambient light sensor
- 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing
- USB, miniUSB, and HDMI ports
- SD card slot
- 1.7 pounds in weight; 0.6 inches in thickness
Unfortunately, its name is still a mystery - hopefully, this will be resolved at CES.
While the company hasn't publicized many details about the devices yet (they say in-depth specifications will be available at CES), here's what we do know:
- All of them are members of the A10 line
- They will feature "high-resolution" multitouch displays
- They will be powered by dual-core Tegra 2 processors
- They will include microSD card slots as well as USB ports and an HDMI port capable of 1080p output
- They will ship with a front-facing camera
While this is all very exciting, there's another item of interest here: the press release consistently refers to Honeycomb as "Android 3.0," despite the previous information we had indicating that Honeycomb would be version 2.4.
America's most trusted name in bar graphs, Nielsen, released an updated look at smartphone market share distribution today. The results aren't terribly surprising: Android is growing, and quickly at that. Blackberry's free-fall into the abyss has slowed to a steady death march. But what about Apple's fare?
Since the release of the iPhone 4 in June, Apple's total share of the smartphone market has increased by a paltry 0.7%, while Android has gained 10.8% more of the smartphone pie to reach 25.8% of the total - a mere 2.8% behind Apple, as you can see below.
If you've been waiting for Android 2.2 "Froyo" to officially hit your Samsung Galaxy S device, be it Fascinate, Vibrant, Epic 4G, or Captivate, prepare to be disappointed, as Samsung is still stuck doing complicated testing required for the upgrade to go live. Countless over-promises and delays have upset many Galaxy S owners over the last months, but after releasing and pulling back Froyo upgrades in Canada, Samsung wants to really do things the right way this time.
Looking Back: Andy Conquers The World (And Then Some)
What a whirlwind year for Android. Although the T-Mobile G1 - the first Android handset - dropped way back in October of 2008, it arguably took until 2010 for Android to become feasible for the mainstream. In fact, when the Nexus One was released in early January, it was widely hailed as being the first true Android competitor to the iPhone, in no small part due to the advancements made with Éclair.
Looks like Motorola won't be the only one showing off a Honeycomb tablet at CES 2011 - according to the Korea Times, LG plans to bring an 8.9-inch Android (2.4?) device to the infamous electronics show.
While the words "LG," "Honeycomb," and "tablet" are probably enough to excite many Android fans, the Korea Times was also able to confirm that LG will have another awe-inspiring device on display at CES: the much-anticipated Optimus 2X, better known as the world's first dual-core phone.