28 Mar 2011

Google Nexus Tablet and other weekend developments

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The Google Nexus phones are phones you can buy that run the latest Google Android operating system.  Other Android phones aren’t made by Google. Only the Nexus is a real Google Phone.  Well, there are rumors that Google may be making a nexus tablet. Reportedly, they’ve teamed up with LG to make one. Samsung manufactures the Nexus S phones. HTC manufactured the first Nexus phone.honeycomb1

The original article is in Russian on mobile-review.com. Here’s the translated one.

Another interesting tidbit is the part about Honeycomb licensing restricting deployment to tablets running Android 2.x.  In other words, manufacturers must make a Honeycomb tablet, not upgrade one. Tablet owners like myself may not like this, but it ensures that Honeycomb doesn’t end up on underpowered devices and ruin the platforms reputation for a great user experience.

The PC World article is easier to follow.

Speaking of following, it is rumored that the iPhone 5 will follow the Android phones and get NFC. NFC, or near field communication, is a technology that lets your mobile device communicate directly with devices in very close proximity.  One interesting note, according to that article, is that the iPhone 5 will have a “twist” to its NFC implementation.

imageWhen it comes to implementation, ASUS announced the Eee Pad “Transformer” Android Honeycomb Tablet.  That’s a mouthful! It’s a 10.1 tablet with a 1280×800 display. It’ll be powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU have a 1GB of RAM.

They keyboard also acts as a secondary battery, which is a pretty good idea.  The full specs are on the ASUS website.

If you want to get an Android tablet, but want to make sure it’ll run Honeycomb, this is one of the first to come out.  If the article referenced above is true, your Android 2.x tablet won’t get Honeycomb “officially”.

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