Sneak Peak: Honeycomb & Google Maps in 3D

Google’s mobile chief, Andy Rubin demo-ed a prototype Motorola tablet at the Dive Into Mobile Conference yesterday.  This sweet lookin’ moto-tabs runs on a dual-core Nvidia chip and the newest version of Android, Honeycomb.  Besides showing off some cool UI features, Rubin walked through the 3D version of the Google Maps App, which is said to be a forthcoming update for Android devices.  Some of the awesome-ness this upgrade will bring include: 3D Buildings, Compass Orientation, and Offline Capabilities.

For additional screenshots of this Motorola tablet, check out this article by TechCrunch.

[via ZDNet via All Things Digital]

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Android 3.0 Gingerbread… already??

Android 2.2 just launched and already we’re hearing 3.0 Gingerbread will be out by the end of the year.

Android has grown at an exceptional rate, and has even surpassed iPhone in sales in the US market this quarter, however Android’s fragmentation problem has been a top criticism against Android app development.  And it looks like they have no plans on slowing down.

From EWeek:

HTC has told blogs most Android phones launched this year will get an upgrade to Android 2.2 in the second half of the year. This includes the Desire and Droid Incredible as well as upcoming phones like the Evo 4G, MyTouch slide and upcoming models. Meanwhile, the public has learned from Google’s WebM VP8 codec Website that Android 2.3, the so-called Gingerbread build, could be ready as soon as the fourth quarter this year.

The Android team doesn’t consider this a fragmentation issue because all versions are compatible on all devices respectively (all 2.1 Eclair devices are compatible, all 1.5 Cupcake devices are compatible, etc.), and yes, ok, it’s not Linux-esque fragmentation, but come on you know what they mean. Semantics!

It’s pretty fucking awesome that Android is making impressive progress and doing it at lightning speed.   However, those using 1.5 and older devices are shaking their fists in the air because there is no sign of a version update.  To be fair, the lack of updates on the Motos can be blamed on Motoblur.  But what’s irking app devs is that older versions are still being released alongside the newer versions.

From Technologizer:

In a sense, the Google guy who said that what’s going on is progress, not fragmentation, is absolutely right. The only reason why there are so many phones based on so many Android variants out there is because Google is cranking out meaty Android upgrades at a pace which handset manufacturers are unprepared to deal with.

Android 1.5 shipped in April of 2009; 1.6 shipped in September; 2.0 shipped in October; 2.1 shipped in December; and 2.2 shipped last week. As Google finishes new features, it rolls them out rapidly in small batches, then gets back to work on the next batch–just as it does with a service such as Gmail. But with Gmail, Google can flip a switch and push new stuff out to every user in a few hours. It even managed to accomplish something similar with its own Nexus One phone: People who own Nexuses (Nexii?) with Android 2.1 are already getting the 2.2 update.

All this talk about Eclair, Gingerbread, Froyo and Cupcake is getting me hungry.