Motorola Xoom launching on February 17th

According to internal documents originating from Best Buy the much anticipated Motorola Xoom tablet, which is going to be the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb powered devices, is launching on February 17th. The first SKU is apparently packing 32GB of internal memory but there’s still no official price mentioned but it would definitely be disappointing if yesterday’s rumored $800 price turns out to be true. A full blown Slate PC like the new Asus Eee EP121 is only $300 more and has some serious power under the hood (but not so awesome battery life..). The Xoom will obviously be subsidized by carriers just like the Galaxy Tab thought so it may be best to wait a little bit to see how things settle down.

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Motorola Xoom to cost $800 and come without MotoBlur UI

Contrary to what was claimed earlier yesterday in rumor, the Motorola Xoom won’t be slapped with the useless MotoBlur UI and will thankfully be running the stock Android 3.0 / Honeycomb OS. Here’s Motorola’s official statement:

To clarify, Motorola Xoom is a Google Experience Device and the first tablet to incorporate Android 3.0 Honeycomb. As such, Motorola Mobility has worked closely with Google to develop and optimize the Honeycomb OS on Xoom, and has no plans to customize the software with MotoBlur.

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Android 3.0 Honeycomb UI video walkthrough

Here is a couple of Android 3.0 Honeycomb videos demonstrating several parts of the new tablet oriented OS that we saw unveiled yesterday. You will get to see all of the major functionalities of the OS without any voice over explaining what is really going on (though it’s really had to understand..). These videos are actually what is being shown on the Motorola Xoom and LG G-Slate Tegra 2 powered tablets that were unveiled in Las Vegas. The press wasn’t allowed to play with the devices so Google decided to playback the following videos on them so that everybody can get an idea of what it will look like :

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Android 3.0 Honeycomb doesn’t have a minimum Processor requirement

Another rumor bites the dust…Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb may be aimed at Tablets first but it definitely doesn’t have any minimum processor requirements according to Google. So there’s a change that the Galaxy Tab will probably be able to get an upgrade once the OS finally hits the streets in a couple of weeks / months. The Dual-Core Cortex A9 minimum specs rumor definitely sounded ridiculous given that Qualcomm isn’t going to ship it’s first A9 SoC before 2012.

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Motorola Xoom hardware specifications

Motoroa is about to officially unveil the Motorola Xoom tablet power byt nVidia’s Tegra 2 Soc and running Honeycomb. We have already seen Android 3.0 Honeycomb’s UI in action a few minutes ago and the Xoom handled by Any Rubin last monthbut what people want to know now is when is this thing going to be available. The Tegra 2 powered Motorola Atrix 4G and the yet unknown Motorola Droid Bionic also going to be outed tonight. Stay tuned for more…

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Android 3.0 Honeycomb unveiled in video but only for Tablets

So the rumor partially true true and Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb is apparently only built for tablets but there’s still no infoon the minimum hardware specifications required to run it. A new video showing the brand new UI has just surfaced on YouTube and as you will see after the break it looks mighty good.

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Honeycomb, Android 3.0 to require a Dual-Core Cortex-A9 CPU?

The latest rumors about Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb are now claiming that the upcoming OS will only be aimed at high-end Tablets and required a Dual-Core Cortex A9 CPU to work. According to Bobby Cha, managing director of Korean consumer electronics firm Enspert, it will also have a minimum screen resolution requirement of 1024×720 and “Honeycomb does not require 10-inch [screens] … it’s going to go as small as 7 inch.” This sound like BS to me because if this is indeed the case then Google will basically have 2 Android versions on the market: One for high-end tablets (because the Galaxy Tab only has a Single core Cortex-A8) and one for smartphones (what’s next after Android 2.3 ?). Now let’s image that Honeycomb is also smartphone compatible but has that Dual-Core Cortex A9 requirement: it will not work on any of the upcoming Dual-Core Quacomm based handsets scheduled to be released in the next 14 months (Qualcomm’s current Dual-Core SoCs are all Cortex A8 based and their first A9 architecture isn’t scheduled to start shipping in devices before 2012). I guess that we will know the whole story soon enough with the imminent launch announcement of the Motorola Tablets this week at CES.

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Hands On video of the upcoming Android Music Player application

The stock Android Music Player application that was briefly shown during Google I/O back in May has just been leaked to the Internet a few hours ago so I decided to shoot a quick hands-on video to show you how it looks like. First you should remember that this is no final code at all and the many features are broken or seem to be missing (especially the wireless syncing/streaming features). I’m guessing that the application was developed by the Cooliris guys who also did the stock Picture gallery application for Google more than a year ago. So I don’t really see how people are claiming that this is how the Android 3.0 / Honeycomb UI may look like… Anyway check out the video of the app running on the Samsung Galaxy S after the break (I also quickly compared it to WP7′s Zune player on the Omnia 7):

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Motorola Honeycomb Android 3.0 tablet teased in video. Launching at CES

Let the Marketing war begin! Motorola has just released a short teaser video for the upcoming Tegra 2 powered  Android 3.0 / Honeycomb tablet that we saw in live action a couple of days ago. There’s nothing  new to see in there, just a confirmation that tablet are now the big thing to talk about if a company wants to generate buzz. Microsoft is surely lacking in this department thought…Video after the break:

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Watch Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Google Maps 5 on the Tegra 2 powered Motorola Tablet

Late last night Google’s Andy Rubin demoed a yet un-announced Tegra 2 powered Motorola tablet that was running Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb and the latest version of Google Maps 5 (which will be released on Android powered smartphone in the coming days). You will first see a demo of Google Maps 5 which now uses vectorized maps to allow integration better integration with 3D buildings and save some data bandwidth (note that contrary to what he says this was easily be done with non vectorized maps and standard textured maps, but Vectors are definitely a more elegant solution). Unfortunately the performance doesn’t seem to be really good (it’s just not smooth at all) but this could be related to the fact that the hardware and software is still unfinished.

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Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread headed to the Google Nexus One in a few days

According to Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez, member of the Open Handset Alliance, Google is about to push the android 2.3 aka Gingerbread release to the Google Nexus One in the coming days. Contrary to what was originally thought, gingerbread is not Android 3.0 but 2.3 (3.0 is codenamed Honeycomb) and the full feature set is still unknown even though the update is about to see the light pretty soon. What everybody has been waiting for is a fully GPU accelerated UI but I wouldn’t be surprised if this only came with 3.0 next year. The blurry shots and footage of Gingerbread that have recently leaked look somewhat identical to what is currently available in 2.2 in terms of UI.

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