The Samsung Galaxy Tab has seen a lot of positive reviews in the past few days and is definitely the best Android tablet out in the market as of now. However, it appears that Samsung may provide an option to migrate the tablet from an Android platform to Chrome OS platform when the latter is released. According to a report on the UK Sunday Times, “can be replaced with Chrome, when that arrives, though owners who aren’t tech savvy should have this upgrade carried out by a professional”.
At the outset, it seems pretty unlikely. Unless there is some sort of a common ground between the Android Gingerbread and Chrome OS that will make such a migration possible, there is no reason to believe that Samsung will provide this functionality to users – not in the current edition of the tablet at least. Nevertheless, this is one another rumor we will have to keep tracking unless it is proved one way or the other.
Earlier this month, there were rumors that the new Motorola Droid Android tablet computer – codenamed StingRay – could be launching as early as October of this year. The speculations came about following leaked screenshots from a Verizon inventory system that contained references to the new Droid tablet. However, it now looks like that rumor was false. In a recent chat, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has indicated that a Droid tablet may not make it at least until next year till the company was done perfecting all the features. Jha said,
“I will only develop a tablet if it is sufficiently compelling. Hopefully, that is early next year.”
What Jha could be referring to is the fact that the current version of Android OS does not seem to be customized for tablets. Google director of mobile products, Hugo Barra had exclaimed this recently and it is possible that Motorola is waiting for Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread to release before making the new Droid Tablet available in the hands of the public.
Of course, this does not exactly reveal anything that we do not know already. Nevertheless, given that back-end systems are getting ready for the tablet, speculations about the Motorola Droid tablet to launch next month are getting stronger. As you may have already heard, the new Motorola Droid Tablet is rumored to come with a 10-inch display, a NVIDIA Tegra-2 chip and MIGHT run on Google’s upcoming Gingerbread Android 3.0 operating system.
The launch of new Android OS versions have always been a sweet affair with the versions named after desserts. Eclair, Frozen Yogurt and Gingerbread are as much in the lexicon of a geek today as it used to be for a gourmet. With Android 3.0 – aka Gingerbread – launching later this year, there are already speculations over what the next version of Android OS could be called.
Now, in a fresh report, TechRadar has suggested that it could be Honeycomb after Gingerbread. According to sources the website spoke to, the new Android version could be an incremental update – more like Android 3.1 or Android 3.2 instead of a giant leap to Android 4.0.
Now, it’s impossible to speculate over the features that Honeycomb could come with since Gingerbread is not even out. But from what we learn, Honeycomb could be launched on tablet computers from Toshiba and Samsung early next year though that’s purely speculation.
Nevertheless, is it a disappointment that Google has moved away from naming Android versions based on desserts?
There have been an occasional murmur or two about the new Motorola Droid Tablet, as it was called, earlier. Now from what we know, this device could be called the Motorola Stingray. To be fair, this could as well be the codename inside the company and Motorola could come up with an entirely different name when it launches. But from documents that have been recently leaked, Motorola Stingray appears to be the name of the device modeled MOTOMZ600; which is the original model number for Motorola’s Android tablet.
There are a few rumors regarding the device’s tech specs as well. First of all, Motorola Stingray is expected to sport a 10-inches display and could come equipped with NVIDIA Tegra 2 and enabled with Verizon FIOS. Now regarding the version of Android OS that will make it to this device, there seems to be no consensus. Android 3.0 could make its way to the new Motorola Stingray though that is not confirmed as yet. The device might also include a front and rear facing camera.
We do know that Motorola (NYSE:MOT) is working on tablet computers that may see a end-of-the-year launch. Now according to a note to investors, Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar has speculated that the Motorola Droid tablet PC could be launching at the start of the holiday shopping season – in November.
Now technical specifications of this new device are hard to come by. But it is being learned that the device shall come with a 10-inches display and that the tablet will run on Android 3.0 Gingerbread – not Froyo as speculated. With the latest Android versions supporting Flash on their systems, this could mean a significant advantage to these devices.
Now, there is nothing else that is known. But going by the “Droid” name, we may confirm that the device shall come locked to Verizon – which also seems to confirm that this tablet will work on 3G and not just on Wi-Fi.
Now I can’t wait to hear more about this new tablet.
The next wave of competition between the tech giants – Apple, Google and Microsoft appears to be in the area of personal entertainment. Online music streaming and downloads is very important in the scheme of things for these companies and is a segment where Apple holds a significant head start over others with their iTunes offering.
Google’s Android lead, Andy Rubin is said to be in “accelerated” discussions with Harry Fox Agency to get access to close to 27,000 songs on top of other deals that the company is negotiating. According to these reports, the Mountain View based tech giant could be launching the Music service as early as November of this year.
The launch of the service is believed to have taken a high priority following reports that Apple is working on a cloud-based iTunes music streaming service that will make the storage space on the users’ handsets redundant.
Google has been working at such a frenetic pace on its operating system that it has started to hurt rather than help. Most Android users have been hit by the need to delay purchases anticipating a better upgrade, so much so that manufacturers are seeing slower than anticipated sale for their devices.
While shifting the upgrades to the market rather than pushing it through the carriers seems to be a logical move, we are also hearing that Google has been contemplating a move to break the pace of upgrades. This move apparently though is not just forced from a business perspective. We also hear that it is because the platform itself shall be reaching a maturity stage by the time Froyo and GingerBread launch.
With this, Google will be focusing more on the API and components part of Android rather than the operating system itself. I think it is a very clever move to make customers, partners and the company happy. What do you think?