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All current Android devices could be shut out from Honeycomb build

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All current Android devices could be shut out from Honeycomb build
Google is playing it tough with the Honeycomb OS as far as which devices will be allowed to run Android 2.4, or 3.0 (whichever number is decided upon). Right off the bat, Honeycomb requires the handset or tablet to be equipped with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, which for now leaves only the NVIDIA Tegra 2 to satisfy the requirements. While not confirmed, there is speculation that the OS will require a` Android device to have a 7 inch screen and resolution of 1280 x 720 which squarely puts this build into the tablets only camp. This information comes from Bobby Cha, managing director of Korean consumer electronics firm Enspert, whose company has been working with both the Gingerbread and Honeycomb builds of the Android OS.

As a result of these requirements, not one current Android flavored device that is out would be eligible to run Honeycomb. The Nexus S and the Samsung Galaxy Tab both feature the current top specs for an Android processor which is the Arm Cortex-A8. Some upcoming devices might qualify such as the Motorola DROID XOOM tablet, which has already been confirmed as the first Honeycomb device to hit the market. The LG Optima 2X handset is expected to be the first smartphone with a dual-core processor under the hood. But while the Optimus 2 meets the Honeycomb requirement with its chipset, there might be the pesky 7 inch screen requirement. Regardless, the LG phone wouldn't launch with Honeycomb, but could be upgraded to it down the line depending on how the screen size issue works out.

The jury is still out on whether or not the Honeycomb build will be strictly for tablets. Currently, most believe that with the Nexus S recently launched as a Android 2.3 device, Google would want its flagship phone able to upgrade to what would be its most-up-to-date build of its OS.

source: PCMag via androinica

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posted on 04 Jan 2011, 01:37

1. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i'm willing to bet Honeycomb is going to stay Tablet exclusive but i wouldn't count out current single core phones out so quickly.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 01:46 1

2. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i mean even in Motorola's teaser for their Droid XOOM tablet they call out the iPad by saying "it's like a giant iPhone" and the Galaxy Tab for running Android but for a phone so i don't think Google is going to even have a tablet experience that would soon be fit for a phone as well and that doesn't bother me at all.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 06:41

3. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I Agree With you, and I also think Google Might be playing smart this time, why? because whats holding some tablets sales is the fact that people can do it in their phones, so why go with a phone experience on a bigger device... users might want to have a different experience for a tablet, i would personally like one in between by that i mean Phone+PC. now i think phone lineups will keep appearing as 2.X builds and Tablet Lineups will show as 3.X builds to keep them both separated from each other...

now i want this last two days to be over dammit this wait is killing me ...

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 08:31

4. Phullofphil (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


i am pretty sure Andy Rubin said honeycomb was designed to automatically tell the difference between a smartphone and tablet. sombody can go back to his interview and confirm

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 08:53

6. oddmanout (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 May 2009)


I think your right. If they exclude honeycomb because of hardware requirements then what does that say about the updates that will come after honeycomb. 2.3 can't be the end of OS updates for phones that launched with stock 2.2. That would be a slap in the face.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 08:38

5. oddmanout (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 May 2009)


I think Google should just make a different name for android tablets. They should just release a tablet OS separate from android and have updates starting from scratch (1.0) instead of running on the same mobile platform that were all used to seeing on a phone. Kind of like a new UI/OS that is just compatible with the android market... That way it doesn't interfere with future android updates beyond 3.0. I mean, if honeycomb is supposed to be so drastically optimized for tablets then why not?

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 11:48

7. pl2ay (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)


Maybe Honeycomb = Chrome OS? And they will come up with another name for the Android version?

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 15:14

8. gomets15217 (Posts: 38; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


wayyyyy to go phonearena.
its hardly even announced yet, give it time before making such huge assumptions.
I wanna say dont jump the gun, but phonearena just clear pole vaulted from a trampoline over the gun.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 19:32

9. Wardski (unregistered)


While I'm not one to call the kettle black, Is there really a problem if Honeycomb is exclusive to tablets, and Gingerbread is for phones and low end tabs only - other than the fact that we all fell jibbed and missing out on some Android goodies??

At the end of the day we're going to see pretty much all the same 'core' features, and segregating phones & tabs by their specific device features could be a good thing.

Apple are pretty much doing the same thing with their range of devices - ipod touch, iphone (3G, 3GS & 4) and ipad all running various versions of iOS anyways, so really, whats all the fuss about?

I'm sure the reasoning behind all of this is Google wanting to diversify device capabilities so that their phone OS corners one market, and their tab OS corners the other. To have both devices exactly the same would be a waste of time - for example, why buy both a phone and a tablet, when a singular device does everything. Exhibit A - My Dell Streak is a jack of all trades (phone + tab all in one), and I would suggest Google are not favourable to this type of device at all...

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