Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)

iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM

iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM

Behold the new fistfight. While we have had many a competition between tablets of Android and the iPad original, this is 2011's real brawl. We're talking the official Google approved Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet vs Apple's hero product, the second generation in what's quickly become a game-changing device in the whole world of consumer electronics. Who will emerge victorious?

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Android Honeycomb Review

Android Honeycomb Review

Google doesn't mince its words: the search giant told us that smartphone versions of Android weren't ready for tablets, and that we should wait for its slate-specific build, and boy have they delivered. Android 3.0 Honeycomb marks a significant shift from the Android 2.x we're familiar with on handsets, with a refreshed UI and functionality to make the most of tablets' expansive touchscreens. It debuts on the Motorola XOOM but we're already expecting it on the imminent Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and LG G-Slate; check out the full Android 3.0 Honeycomb review after the cut.

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Motorola XOOM Review

Motorola XOOM Review

Motorola's big launch of CES 2011 and the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet on the market, the Motorola XOOM has a lot to live up to. In its haste to reach Verizon shelves, the XOOM could seem a little half-baked; it doesn't get Flash Player support for another few weeks, and won't have 4G until an update sometime in Q2. Still, as the iPad has shown, there are undoubtedly benefits to being first out of the gate, and there's undoubtedly plenty on offer. Can the XOOM bypass pricing skepticism? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 23 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 23 2011

First let us tell you of three rather important points from the Android Community side of the world today - first, the Nexus S and Nexus One Gingerbread 2.3.3 updates are going out OTA right this moment, then, take a peek at two bootloader points: Motorola XOOM Has Bootloader That’s Both Unlockable and Relockable and Atrix bootloader gets totally locked down. Awesome and harsh! Then have a look at some of the biggest fattest news you'll ever want to hear at a time like this as far as Apple goes: New MacBook Pro specs leak, plus Apple Thunderbolt Light Peak branding, hooray! Grab yourself the first big update to Windows 7 since its launch, and have another look at Intel Light Peak [Event This Thursday Fuels MacBook Pro Rumors].

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The Daily Slash: February 4, 2011

The Daily Slash: February 4, 2011

First, see for yourself the release dates for both the Motorola XOOM and HTC ThunderBolt. Then, grab yourself a wish from Android Community for a Happy Chinese Android New Year! See the winner of our big fat SlashGear’s Final Football Matchup Toshiba TV Giveaway! Grab a glimpse of Angry Birds newest expansion “Hogs and Kisses!” Decide for yourself if the "backdoor" into Google's new browser-based Android Marketplace is really something to be frightened of. Finally, and definitely not least of all, we're looking for new workers over on Android Community! If you think you've got what it takes, check out the Android Community Wants Workers post! All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 4 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 4 2011

First and foremost, Android Community would like to wish you a Happy Chinese Android New Year! Next, grab the release dates for both the Motorola XOOM and HTC ThunderBolt, and see how Android Ice Cream will bring Honeycomb functions to handsets. Then hear a cryptic message from ASUS as their CEO promises a "secret weapon" to VANQUISH iPad 2. Meanwhile Apple's doing quite well as the iPhone launches on Verizon, setting first day launch records in just two hours - perhaps due in part to their clever beatdown of AT&T via a "Can You Hear Me Now?" ad spot. Oh an that iPad magazine The Daily? It's already hacked and free. All this and MORE on SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up!

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The Daily Slash: February 3, 2011

The Daily Slash: February 3, 2011

Have a shut-down sit-out with Don Reisinger in a column by the name of I Refuse to Buy A New TV Every Few Years. Hypothesize with us as we ponder a iPad 2 reveal as early as next week, and while we're at it, check out possible iPad patents for both a writing stylus and a stand up kickstand - both filed for by Apple. Check out a review by Chris Davies for the iXtreamer, an iDevice full function dock, player, streamer, and more. Join us on Android Community for a kind conversation about How Honeycomb and Android Market’s New App Syncing will Sink Apple. See a terrifying Xperia Play ad, complete with underground plastic surgery and human thumbs. All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!

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Android Ice Cream Next, Will Bring Honeycomb to Handsets

Android Ice Cream Next, Will Bring Honeycomb to Handsets

In an anonymous message send first to the folks at Phandroid, a source familiar with the inner workings of Google and Android has told the world that Honeycomb will indeed be coming to handsets, but not directly. Instead, in a working build by the name of GRI17, the elements that will be necessary for the Android handset line to advance and be compatible with Honeycomb (for syncing, porting, etc,) there'll be a new version of Android by the name of - Ice Cream. Everyone in their right mind expected this name to be next, but how many Android watchers expected the flavor to have a dip of honey?

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The Daily Slash: February 2, 2011

The Daily Slash: February 2, 2011

It's still Honeycomb day! Check out all the little bits of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, including the Notification System, the App Optimization, the Notifications Bar, and while you're at it, have a look at the Full Pre-Game Review - better late than never! Then move on to have a look at the new Android Market Web store, complete with purchase online / download from cloud functionality, Android In-App Purchases, and a few excellent apps. Amongst those apps soon to be released are Tap Tap Revenge 4, Disney Radio, and a rather radical looking CNN app. Keep your mind open to the possibilities as Google introduces Honeycomb's "Render Script" for Hardware Accelerated 3D Graphics, note the quickness in launching and the smoothness in operation of the Chat Program and several other examples of 3D rendering technology. Grab a hands-on look at the Motorola XOOM [XOOM Perspective] and the Motorola XOOM [Android 3.0 Honeycomb Perspective]. Next, see the Android Community App shine instantly, and without glitch on this same lovely tablet. And then of course, not to be out-news'ed by Android, behold the Verizon iPhone 4 in all it's review glory (by Vincent Nguyen.) THEN having felt cheated by the day, Apple comes at you again with the official release of "The Daily" iPad News Magazine.

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