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Honeycomb tablets continue to be a hot item in everyone’s to-buy lists. The best way to take advantage of the better tech is to install apps optimized for Android 3.0 and above. We’ve covered a bunch of these apps before but we feel that the growing ecosystem of Honeycomb apps needs a second look. Here are a few more apps you can install into your device to realize its full potential. 1. Google Earth (free) Wow your friends (and yourself) with the updated Google Earth app, made especially for Honeycomb. What’s new you ask? Well there’s the 3D view where you can…

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Google TV has been around for quite a while but news about it has been buried amidst all the cheering for tablets and smartphones. The search giant wants to give back a bit of focus to this project by updating it to Honeycomb. Devs got a first look at the new Google TV interface on Android 3.1. Going back to regular TV programming should be much easier this time around plus support for notifications has also been baked in. The big screen will also get full ADB support giving devs room to tinker around it, and an SDK will be…

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When you think about it, it’s kind of weird why tablets have cameras. It’s not as convenient to use as a cellphone or a dedicated digital camera, nor is the quality any more astounding. And picking up a tablet to take pictures is just plain, well, awkward. But there are great ways you can use the camera on your tablet, some of which aren’t what you would usually expect. So make the most out that camera (you paid for it after all) by using a few apps that take advantage of it. 1. Augmented Reality – Layar Google maps is…

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Tablets are a relatively new entry to the Android ecosystem but even so, they’ve quickly become a popular gadget to have. Being always-on and always connected has made it the go-to gadget for checking email, catching up on social sites and browsing the web. On top of all that, some versions can even make and receive calls, turning them into an ideal all-in-one device. Some of the models to currently out (as of this writing) are the HTC Flyer, the newer Samsung Galaxy Tab models and the Motorola Xoom. Meanwhile, device makers noticed that bigger screened phones measuring 4.0 inches…

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As we all know, Google has made a strong effort to keep a tight wrap on Honeycomb. Honeycomb is the groundbreaking, latest and greatest version of Android designed specifically to work on tablet computers. It features significant leaps forward in interfacing, user experience (UX), and a substantially smoother User Interface, thanks to hardware acceleration and multicore support. Other Cool Things About Honeycomb: It has gesture activated multi-tasking, which means need to press physical buttons It has much better hardware support that results in better 3D performance It has a much more customizable OS It’s newer, like not even out yet…

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Great news! Our biggest wish was granted: hardware acceleration. This is the magical trick that makes iOS run so smoothly, and thankfully, it is now a part of Android starting with version 3.0 Honeycomb. (That damned Google Code issue can finally be put to rest.) This was one of many changes highlighted by Google today. Among 2D and 3D hardware acceleration, developers can look forward to a revamped UI framework to create great-looking apps for tablets, support for multicore architectures, better multimedia support, enhanced connectivity options (mainly Bluetooth) and enhancements to enterprise features. A full list of the changes can…

It would appear as though Google have been tasting Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread and Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb recently. Indeed, if you head on over to AIRBenchmark you will be able to see an Android OS version of 2.3 and 3.0 listed, with their accompany AIRBenchmark scores. This website provides benchmarking facilities and score logged for Adobe’s AIR. “Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR), also known as Adobe AIR, is a cross-platform runtime environment developed by Adobe Systems for building rich Internet applications using Adobe Flash, Adobe Flex, HTML, or Ajax, that can be deployed as desktop applications.” At the time of…

So if you live in China you might find the title of this post a little misleading because the plan’s afoot for a Chinese release sometime soon. However, Big-L have apparently stated that they will not release an Android tablet in the US until Android 3.x aka Honeycomb. According to Techradar, Honeycomb is not due until Q1 2011. What is a little surprising about this news is that Gingerbread is touted as the main ‘tablet-friendly’ Android release, and as such one would think that Lenovo would be keen to get in on the action. After all, the Samsung Tab and…

Today in Berlin at the IFA consumer electronics show, Samsung confirmed that the next iteration of Google’s Android OS will be called Honeycomb. Rumors have swirled for some time that the new OS would be called Honeycomb, which is expected to follow Gingerbread but now it’s much more official – though Google itself still hasn’t commented.

If you hadn’t noticed, each major iteration update to the Android OS is named after some form of sweet snack or dessert. When Android was released at version 1.5, it was called Cupcake.  When version 1.6 hit the shelves, it was called Donut and soon people begun connecting the dots. Version 2.1 was named Éclair and the most recent version of Android is named Froyo (v2.2). Now, we are expecting to see Gingerbread as version 3.0 and this should be released in the new year. But what happens after that? The rumor mill is reporting that ‘H’ will be for…