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Honeycomb's sweet debut
If a mobile operating system could have a debutant ball, it would be going on today. Google’s (GOOG) big press event, scheduled to begin in mere hours, is putting the spotlight on Android Honeycomb 3.0, the biggest software upgrade to date. The re-instituted CEO Larry Page will be offering the first deep dive into Honeycomb 3.0, with its tablet optimization as a crowning highlight.
Beyond this, little else is known about what the Android press event will hold, though Google’s plans to discuss Android’s ecosystem hints at Market updates or new tools for developers. CNET conjectures at the meaning behind this “ecosystem” mention, noting the Android Market’s existing flaws. With lagging integration for Google apps, CNET goes on to cite months-old promises from Google that have yet to be fulfilled.
Tablets all around
One thing is for certain. Google has high hopes for the Android tablet market, hinging much of today’s expectations around the potential for devices like the upcoming Motorola (MMI) Xoom. T-Mobile’s got some tablet news of its own, announcing the availability of the LG G-Slate, an 8.9-inch tablet running Honeycomb as well. Added perks include a 3D display, video recording and photos from a 5-megapixel flash camera, and HDMI support.
Tablets are making their way into the education system as well, with the launch of Brainchild’s Kineo tablet, built with students and school administrators in mind. The rugged, kid-proof device runs Android 2.1, is Wi-Fi capable, and comes with media streaming support. The big feature here, however, is security, around which Brainchild has focused its tablet design and software integration.