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  • New Honeycomb-Powered Tablet To Take on iPad


    On Monday, Google’s Andy Rubin gave the world a glimpse at a forthcoming Motorola tablet that appears to have excited both consumers and market analysts more than most other iPad competitors thus far - amazing, considering how little we know about it.

    Andy Rubin, head of Google’s Android mobile-software unit, turned up at the All Things Digital: Dive Into Mobile conference in San Francisco to demonstrate a "prototype tablet" powered by another forthcoming version of Android called Honeycomb that is said to be "optimized" to run on tablet devices.

    Rubin says the Motorola tablet will ship in 2011. Based on appearance and very little commentary from Rubin (see video from yesterday above), we know the black tablet sports a decent-sized screen, a built-in camera, video chat capabilities, a dual core 3D processor, and a conceivable assortment of other cool features that we will have to wait to learn about. “With the tablet," Rubin said, "we’re in the middle of one of those hockey sticks of evolution."

    Rubin, while visibly confident in the soon-to-launch tablet, didn't take the ripe opportunity to blast Apple or others angling for prominence in the tablet space. Instead, Rubin actually offered complimentary words for Apple, including its App Store. “They’re pretty open,” Rubin said (with a straight face, in fact). “The App Store approval process is actually working pretty well.” RIM was another target of praise for Rubin, noting that both Apple and Research in Motion are "doing all the right things to fill in all the right pieces to keep up with the hyper-competitive market."

    The Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Honeycomb-Powered Tablet To Take on iPad started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Looks really clean, i like the desktop like feel of the homescreen, screen looks large maybe a little bigger than the ipad
    1. ClerkDante's Avatar
      ClerkDante -
      Can we please stop calling every tablet that comes along and "iPad Killer" or "iPad competitor"?

      There's 1/2 dozen tablets on the market. Why isn't this thing a "Galaxy Killer"?
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by ClerkDante View Post
      Can we please stop calling every tablet that comes along and "iPad Killer" or "iPad competitor"?

      There's 1/2 dozen tablets on the market. Why isn't this thing a "Galaxy Killer"?
      They just keep saying probably since the ipad has 95% of the market (based off a previous post) and anything coming into the market at this point is going after the ipad. Which i still think there are two different markets, Computer Tablet and Tablet. Two different uses from a Full OS to mobile OS.
    1. Jupiter88's Avatar
      Jupiter88 -
      I find it funny how the Hosts kept saying how some features were already done by Apple, and then the Google Spokesperson tried to spin it by saying that theirs is different... Or better yet how the lady called Android out for having hundreds of phones

      However Google Maps was pretty impressive
    1. slickric's Avatar
      slickric -
      Quote Originally Posted by ClerkDante View Post
      Why isn't this thing a "Galaxy Killer"?
      I think the galaxy killed itself by being **** - didn't need someone else to do it for em
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ClerkDante View Post
      Can we please stop calling every tablet that comes along and "iPad Killer" or "iPad competitor"?

      There's 1/2 dozen tablets on the market. Why isn't this thing a "Galaxy Killer"?
      Every new MP3 player was dubbed iPod Killer, first wave of new smartphones after the iPhone we're called iPhone Killers, and so any new Tablets will be called iPad Killers.
      I hate the <Device> Killer term too.

      This Tablet looks nice, software still a bit buggy but clearly not released yet so time to fix it. (before it gets released and not after like Apple)
      There's still nothing in existing Tablets and from what I can see that might be coming out in the future, that would even interest me in a purchase. I guess they're not for me, a Laptop still trumps them in my book.
    1. Daps's Avatar
      Daps -
      Android tablets running 3.0 is going to give the iPad a run for it's money I feel. The OS will be optimized for tablets.

      I think Apple feels the competition also and is taking measures to stay out in front. One reason you see a ton of iPad commercials the past few months, iPads now at Target,Walmart/Sams, BestBuy. This gives Apple more brick and mortar visibility so the end user can touch and play with them.

      The problem that Android based tablets are going to have is the problem some PC makers have unless Google has said you use x vendor hardware to get Google certified and the Market place. The thing is you'll have cheap knock off vs Moto, Samsung, Adam etc. If the customer gets one of the lower quality one and it doesn't perform they'll think all Android tablets are that way.

      I'd consider an Android tablet, if the price if right,able to be rooted, & has Netflix. The Google Market is growing. I wonder are they going to allow connecting to AdHoc without having to hack the settings

      The Galaxy Tab is a nice device but what killed it was it's price IMO. People just couldn't wrap their head around the cost. With Apple people expect to pay more.

      I plan to see what 3.0 tablets,ipad2 and playbook bring to the table and will decide from there. No one brand has my loyalty
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      I swear to god with a dual core motorala tablet if iPad 2 is not dual core I will take my current ipad and throw it against a wall
    1. Daps's Avatar
      Daps -
      Quote Originally Posted by SnowLeo View Post
      I swear to god with a dual core motorala tablet if iPad 2 is not dual core I will take my current ipad and throw it against a wall
      It could happen but I wouldn't hold my breath. Apple tends to make small bumps in Gen2 devices
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jupiter88 View Post
      I find it funny how the Hosts kept saying how some features were already done by Apple, and then the Google Spokesperson tried to spin it by saying that theirs is different... Or better yet how the lady called Android out for having hundreds of phones

      However Google Maps was pretty impressive
      Apple does the same thing my friend. They add features after someone else does and claim it just took that long to "get it right". It is a game... never admit your competition is better than you in any way. EVER.
    1. Volerikan's Avatar
      Volerikan -
      Quote Originally Posted by SnowLeo View Post
      I swear to god with a dual core motorala tablet if iPad 2 is not dual core I will take my current ipad and throw it against a wall
      zdoes it really need a dual core processor?
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Honeycomb>iOS therefore Motorola Tab>iPad
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      That desktop look is a whole lot cooler than the iPad's home screen. We'll just have to see how good it is when it comes out. The 3D Google Maps was impressive too, not sure how much I'd really need it but it's definitely a wow factor.
    1. daytonaviolet's Avatar
      daytonaviolet -
      interesting.. this will have Tegra

      Android Tablets: Video of the Motorola ?Honeycomb? Tablet | Technology | Epoch Times

      According to PC Magazine, the tablet sports a 10-inch screen and is “sleek, black, thin and sported an Android interface unlike any we've seen before.” Rubin said the tablet was running an NVidia Dual Core chip and allowed for video chattin
    1. jibaro3's Avatar
      jibaro3 -
      They keep asking if the table look like the apple. That is so funny
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Reading the comments it is sort of nice to see people interested in this product. Not necessarily because I want android to "win", but because this clearly shows that people are willing to consider something outside of iOS. Should get a fire lit up under Apple's butts!
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Apple, all by themselves is at 24.6% market share for handset OS. Android, with its numerous manufacturers, is just now in position to get ahead. So, how bad is that? That Apple could nearly topple RIM by themselves but it's taking a bunch of makers to beat Apple. Not too shabby.

      Same thing may happen in tablets. But Apple has a nice history of looking sleepy and then pouncing back with a sucker-punch that catches everyone else in the industry off guard.

      Oh, and their marketing kicks a$z. Unlike those idiots at Sony that pi$$ed away a ton of potential with the PS3 (NOW they are just figuring out they need to market it as the 'everything' box? Brilliant): there's no reason that they shouldn't have been able to bury MS. If Apple had been in their position, MS would be a distant memory in the gaming market.
    1. back9player's Avatar
      back9player -
      that lady is hella annoying... and the dude with the tablet tries to talk as much smack about apple as he can, between poorly explaining features and hiding his personal data...

      FAIL

      nice tablet tho....

      but do people really get confused about the apple home button!? really?
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by back9player View Post
      but do people really get confused about the apple home button!? really?
      not that I'm aware... and it lets me know where to plug in the cable.

      It's a nice idea the it 'doesn't matter which end is up', but unless the physical stuff corresponds to that as well, it doesn't really work. If I put it in a case (which I'm sure folks will), I want to know which end is up so I don't put it in backwards. If there's any other physical add-ons, same thing applies there.

      Looks nice, smaller than an iPad, I think (not by much, by enough).

      If I was a 'Droid person, I might go for it. But if I already have any other Apple product, why?
      Having _any_ Apple product increases likelihood of additional Apple sales dramatically. They're going to need a pretty big wow/buzz factor to beat the Apple hype.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Can't help myself I love my iPad better...