Google has a very detail oriented process for launching new Android software. It’s quite simple but very ingenious. First contact premier Android manufacturer, second create software and marry with manufacturer’s device, third give all developers a similar device to test software, fourth let the Android developers and manufacturer developers speak about integration and fifth give hints to public to draw interest.
If you don’t believe me let’s look at history. The first Android phone was the G1 from HTC. The next Google phone (Android 2.1) was the Nexus One built by HTC. Then came Motorola and Samsung on the scene really hard with the Droid phones and Galaxy phones and Tab. The next Google phone (Android 2.3) was the Nexus S built by Samsung. But what about Android 2.4 or 3.0 affectionately called Honeycomb? Well we have our answer with the “Xoom” from Motorola.
Motorola will be launching a Honeycomb GTab (what we believe will be called Xoom) at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in January. This was unveiled by Andy Rubin. Motorola has a countdown clock on their website which gives us a hint of Xoom. See here. It will also be headed to Verizon. And watch the video here.
Here are the rumored specs:
- 1280×800 pixel 10” multi-touch touchscreen,
- 32 GB of internal memory
- 5MP Auto Focus Rear Camera
- 2MP front-facing camera for Video Chat
- 1 GHz processor
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- HDMI port
- Mini USB port
- NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 dual-core graphic processor
- 512 MB of RAM
- LTE support
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Micro-SD Card support
Next year will be the year of LTE/4G, dual core processors and Honeycomb. Honeycomb will bring some incredible features with it. For more on Honeycomb click here. Which manufacturer will be the next to launch Android’s next software? Sony? LG? Who knows.
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