NVIDIA CEO – Jen-Hsun Huang is one smart guy, and has helped make NVIDIA on of the top tech companies in the world of GPU’s. Most recently, Huang went on the public record, and said that it is quite safe to assume that concerns and issues surrounding the initial batch of Android-powered tablets “have been largely addressed”, and that things are only going to get better and better. If we can all recall the glory days back to when the original handset was launched, and how far Android has come, and how many devices, countries, and carriers it has gone onto enjoy success with, then we are inclined to agree with Mr. Jen-Hsun Huang, and echo his ideas that things are only going to get better.
Google has reacted rather quickly to a few of the minor maladies in Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and is rolling out several key improvements through its Android 3.1 Honeycomb update, to improve the user experience and offer greater customization, and so forth. Hot off the heels of Google I/O – the development team at Android know that they have to set a strong, strident pace, to stay on top of the latest UI developments, and to help users achieve the experience they are looking for. On the hardware end, we have seen some beautiful tablets, like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s 8.9 and 10.1 inch, and are confident that, once production ramps up, that Android Honeycomb Tablets will begin to enjoy immense success. This too will motivate top developers to make great apps. Plus, with the promise of unifying Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and Android 3.0 Honeycomb in the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich Android 2.4 update, developers will have even greater incentive to produce the apps that users want. According to Huang, there are innumerable improvements expected, and the next generation of Android Honeycomb tablets will be even more awesome. Here’s a small excerpt from the CEO of NVIDIA – Jen Hsun Huang:
“A new wave of tablets are now ramping up and are even more affordable and available on retail channels with WiFi configurations all over the world. You’re also starting to see a lot of different shade of platforms, from devices that are like the Asus transformer where it is a tablet in one configuration and has a detachable keyboard in another configuration. And so those kind of devices are getting a lot of interest and available in computer channels all over the world.
We’re going to expect another wave of tablets that are coming out to the marketplace now, ones that are even thinner and even lighter than the best offerings from anyplace, any supplier in the world. And those devices are just in the process of ramping. There’s the really exciting new build of Honeycomb called Honeycomb 3.1 that Google just demonstrated the other day at Google I/O. We are basically stitching that up now.”
NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 platform was made the reference hardware platform by Google for Android Honeycomb 3.0. Currently, NVIDIA s working closely with Google on Ice Cream Sandwich, but unfortunately declined to comment on whether the timing was good for a release of the Tegra 3 quad core chip.
As we know, things always improve. The pace of innovation from both a hardware and software perspective is simply staggering – and it’s accelerating. Companies are playing for keeps, and so are users. Do you think good times are ahead, dear reader?
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