briefly teased its G-Slate by LG at the company's CES 2011 keynote, as well as publishing a bevy of Android Honeycomb videos showing the slate in action. Announced yesterday, the G-Slate runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb and will use T-Mobile USA's HSPA+ 4G network. Full specifications are still unknown, but at least we've got some Honeycomb demos to entertain us, which you can see below. Don't forget to check out our other Honeycomb video demo, with a guided tour by Google. Overview [youtube 7fiZt6Hws0s] Books [youtube 66u7lzve1e8] Browser [youtube YU1Y62IP-b4] First-Look [youtube NHZWAE1kKzY] Overview [youtube C5LNJ9rjTlY] Gmail [youtube -i_IkO_L0zc] YouTube [youtube aLR71ONOIRc] Maps [youtube qk3wGXmtQBU]
surprise demonstration of Android Honeycomb on Motorola's Xoom LTE tablet at the CES 2011 opening keynote. As rumored, there are no physical controls around the Xoom's bezel; instead, everything is handled by on-screen buttons in Honeycomb. That should avoid user confusion when moving from device to device, something we've seen happen on several occasions when Android smartphone manufacturers shuffle around the controls order. There's a new widgets gallery, with more detailed previews before you place them, and an impressively-fluid YouTube app for streaming video. More details over at SlashGear, and in the video below. Android 3.0 Honeycomb demo: [youtube vgmN8uKUgIg] [gallery]
over at SlashGear for some hands-on playtime, and its Sony-sourced "Reality Display" certainly impresses. Easily capable of holding its own against the Galaxy S' Super AMOLED panel, it's bright and has huge viewing angles. More hands-on photos and feedback over at SlashGear. [vms 6b460ec00c5841019b9e]
Optimus 2X smartphone ever since we first saw it leak out, and the fact that Motorola has since announced the ATRIX 4G doesn't dampen our enthusiasm. Over at SlashGear, Vince has grabbed some hands-on time with the Optimus 2X courtesy of NVIDIA, and managed to put it through its paces and even compare the Android handset to the DROID X. First impressions of the hardware seem good, though there are still questions over how well Android 2.2 - which the Optimus 2X will launch with internationally - handles the NVIDIA dual-core processor. Check out all the details over at SlashGear. LG Optimus 2X hands-on: [vms e2df9b6c000b75b5da10]
Wirefly want you to love the HTC EVO Shift 4G, and they want you to pre-order the WiMAX smartphone through them rather than direct from Sprint. The retailer has pushed out an early review of the EVO Shift 4G, complete with a ten minute video demo comparing it to its larger predecessor.
"The bottom line is that the HTC EVO Shift combines solid hardware with a fine display and the performance benefits of Android 2.2. If the EVO 4G was too big for you, or if you wanted a physical keyboard, the EVO Shift gives you smaller size and a physical keyboard in a well-engineered package." WireflyIt's hardly an unsurprising conclusion - we could've told you the same thing just from seeing the various leaks - but the EVO Shift 4G is still likely to make an impression on would-be EVO 4G buyers who were holding out for a keyboard. It'll go on sale from January 9 2011, priced at $150. [youtube ZET2gMKAH2U]
Korean video comparing the browser performance of the iPhone 4 and the LG Optimus 2X has emerged, and although it's not exactly scientific, the Android smartphone does seem to render faster than its Apple rival. The Tegra 2 smartphone is expected to make its debut at CES 2011 this week. Apple's mobile internet experience has become the de-facto standard by which smartphone browsers are judged, for many users, so this strong performance by the Optimus 2X leaves us hopeful. Still, without knowing the background to the test - such as what connection each phone was using, whether pages had been cached, or other details - it's hard to draw any more comprehensive conclusions. [youtube w4tCELluqn8] [via Android Arena]
ARMDevices caught up with the company for an overview, which you can see below, and then MP4Nation grabbed some in-house footage of Rockchip benchmarking an RK29xx-powered smartphone prototype. The device managed a Quadrant score of over 1,900 points, besting a TI OMAP3530 powered tablet by around 400 points. Rockchip expect to officially launch the RK29xx chipsets at CES 2011 next week. Rockchip RK29xx Overview: [youtube mFTvklDv7eU] Rockchip RK29xx Testing: [youtube KuZnKHBwM5g]
covered Cellbots on Android Community before, an open-source way to use your smartphone as a brain for a simple robot, but the project has released a new java app which supports not only custom, Arduino-based Cellbots but iRobot Create, LEGO MINDSTORMS and VEX Pro. Requiring Android 2.2 or above, the new app allows you to either remotely control the robot using the phone as a navigation pad, or alternatively mount the phone directly onto the robot and use it as the 'bot's brain. There's support for spoken commands, streaming video and even using a second Android phone running the app to work as a remote (while the first is in brain mode). It's a free download from the Android Market. [youtube _x_5WDCpvtA] [via MAKE]
xda-developers offering up the apk file for the tweaked, refreshed music software along with a video of the app in action if you're not quite brave enough to try it out on your handset. The new app has a browser more reminiscent of the gallery than the old music software, though the currently available file lacks the media streaming functionality Google showed off back at Google I/O 2010 earlier in the year. [youtube glFiw1ex7oY] [via BGR; Thanks Ward!]
René Hesse spotted that Google has updated its Market URL convention, now using a http://market.android.com/ prefix, and indicating that a more iTunes-like system is about to be launched.
Old version: market: / details? / Id = de.appsplus.widgets.footballwidget New version: http://market.android.com/details?id=de.cellular.ottohybridIn the iTunes ecosystem, clicking on an iTunes link - whether for software or multimedia - opens a webpage for that content that automatically loads the Apple software if present on the computer you're using. While Google has online listings for some of the most popular apps available in the Android Market, you can't yet buy them online nor browse the entire catalog. Back at Google I/O, Vic Gundotra previewed the online Android Market; you can see it from around the 31 minutes point in the video below: [youtube IY3U2GXhz44]