Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)

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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Android Community App Demoed on Motorola XOOM Tablet

Android Community App Demoed on Motorola XOOM Tablet

We're at the Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb event here at Google headquarters and the first thing our head man Vince does is download the Android Community application from the Android Marketplace on a Motorola XOOM. If you'll take a look at the video below, you'll see that not only does it work excellent, it looks fantastic as well. You'll grab an extra fun look at the new Android Market as well as the new Honeycomb keyboard.

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Cee-Lo No-Show at Honeycomb Intro

Cee-Lo No-Show at Honeycomb Intro

In a surprise appearance during the Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb event at the Googleplex today, the folks on stage got a call from none other than CeeLo Green, aka the Soul Machine, known most recently for his hit single "Forget You." This appearance was supposed to be more of a surprise early on in the program, but apparently Cee-Lo was unavailable when they called.

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Android Marketplace Introduces In-App Purchases, Currency Settings, Additional Giant Apps

Android Marketplace Introduces In-App Purchases, Currency Settings, Additional Giant Apps

In addition to the rest of the changes made to the Android Marketplace today, Google went on to introduce two giant changes to the way things are run in the Android Marketplace. One of them being the ability for each developer to set their own prices in each currency available. Before, this was automatic, the price being automatically converted for whichever currency the purchaser was using. The other fat change was that developers will now be able to make in-app sales. This is big news when you consider what's going on with Kongregate on Android and the Apple App store stopping some book services from selling in-app.

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Android Marketplace Changes Detailed – Webstore Now Also Browser Based

Android Marketplace Changes Detailed – Webstore Now Also Browser Based

Today Chris Yerga showed the world the Android Market Webstore. This is a browser based Android Marketplace as shown here: Your Entire Music Library in The Cloud, Streamed to Your Android Device, Announced Today. This new market is reminiscent of what Apple has set up in the App Store, but apps here are download from the browser directly to your device. High resolution banners, giant icons, and fuller descriptions of apps now appear for developers to better show off their apps.

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Chat Program / CNN app Detailed at Google Android Honeycomb Event

Chat Program / CNN app Detailed at Google Android Honeycomb Event

With a single click, they thusly were connected through video chat. After a short bout with attempting to find a user by the name of "Lady Killer," later revealed to be Cee-Lo Green, the user on stage and his friendly other-screen ally were able to connect visually. It's revealed that, in the classic manner, the user's image is tiny in the lower right of the screen while the person they're talking to takes up the entire remainder. This functionality appears to work instantly and smoothly. The video quality isn't perfect, but the video works so well and functions so fast, we're willing to forgive, for now. After the video chat demo, a CNN rep steps on stage to show his and their wares. The Vice President of Mobile for CNN speaks up and out of a CNN app that will be launching for the Honeycomb tablet in the near future. This is a giant gallery-aesthetic app that appears to work very smooth, flicking back and forth between stories, showing live coverage of news via the tablet.

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Render Script / 3D Applications Impress at Google Android Honeycomb Event

Render Script / 3D Applications Impress at Google Android Honeycomb Event

Flowing through items like the Music app, YouTube, and Google's book store are shown to be working miraculously well, looking amazing sliding back and forth, up and down. All of this done with Render Script, an element on the developer side of things designed to give devs the ability to create new and amazing graphics and user interface features never before possible. Another app shown to feature the capabilities of this new Honeycomb 3D rendering environment was Google's body app, showing all the parts of the body, taking away or adding layers as you wish, moving smoothly to show you what's going on in your body, and which bone you'd like to describe as broken to your doctor.

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