The Compal 7 is an Android tablet that features the famed Tegra 2 chips, it was recently handled at the Netbook Summit here in San Francisco. Is it just me or is the wait for these NVIDIA Tegra 2 tablets following in the footsteps of Flash 10 for Android. It seems like we’ve been waiting on these to arrive for a year now. There have been many prototypes demonstrated with this awesome technology ad yet none of them has hit the streets yet.
Most of you hardcore vanilla Android fans may not know this but Flash support isn’t a new feature that was implemented into Froyo (2.2). Sense UI has enjoyed Flash since its inception with built in Flash support. For the most part, Flash lite performed pretty well. Engadget has put together a head to head challenge between the newly release Flash 10.1 for 2.2 Nexus One’s and Flash lite that is included with the 2.1 Desire. Who’s going to be the winner?
A new video has surfaced with the myTouch 3G Slide in action. This video doesn’t really get deep into to the phone functions but it does show a few key components of the device. Notice how smooth it is while swiping on the home screen, the widget response was smooth and fast as well. If you’re skeptical of purchasing this because of the 600MHZ CPU, you have nothing to worry about.
Froyo is shaping up to be the biggest update since 1.5 aka cupcake. If this does come true coupled with Flash integration this may very well be the biggest update to Android since its introduction. Our staff member Extorian has uncovered some dialogue made by a Google employee that pretty much confirms this is coming.
Now that Adobe has moved on from trying to bring its services to Apple’s iPhone/iPod Touch, they are focusing most of their efforts towards Android. A public demo (once again) of Flash 10.1 is expected to make an appearance at this year’s I/O with the program finally being released in June. We’ll see how this turns out in June.
This was a short but very interesting interview with Andy Rubin, vice president for engineering at Google, shots was dished out and a few things were kind of confirmed. Android is a well known open mobile OS and the most versatile OS of any kind. This openness is the key to Androids success, many manufacturers have adopted the platform and it is really taking off.
The most popular mobile browser in the world has finally made its way to Android. This version 5 seems to be light years ahead of the version 4 which has been available for quite some time.
This version now offers tabbed browsing, there is a bar at the bottom that shows you the number of tabs that you have open and when you click on it a mini view of the page appears. This browser for most will replace the stock browser.
Some of the other big new features:
* Speed Dial: Gives you one-touch access to 9 of your favorite sites.
* Password Manager
* Opera Link: Syncs your bookmarks (and Speed Dial) between your handset and your desktop (be it that you’re running Opera on your desktop, that is)
The only two problems I've found so far is the browser doesnt recognize my existing bookmarks and there's no Flash integration. So if you have a Flash capable phone, I would play with this but stick to the stock browser.
The guys over at slashgear put together a nice in-depth review of the Legend. Behind the HTC Desire, the HTC Legend has been the most discussed Android device around the web. Like the Desire, it is also features HTC's Sense UI on top of Android. HTC hopes to duplicate or surpass the success of the original Hero with this phone.