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All posts tagged "froyo"


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Notion Ink Adam: From Prototype to Disappointment

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 11:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/27/...nk-adam-review/

"The saga of the Notion Ink Adam is a tale like many we could name -- it's the story of a tiny company struggling to bring a vision to market, facing friction from investors, factories and the march of time itself. The difference is that the Adam captured the imaginations of gadget fiends like ourselves with ideas that were fantastic from day one and are still novel now that it's finally been released, including a paneled UI, full USB host functionality, and of course that Pixel Qi screen. But does the Adam deliver on the promises of unifying form and function with such technology? In two words: Not really."

From a unique prototype to a disappointment in production, the Notion Ink Adam tries to implement some of the features that techies initially found so cool, but fails on most. The Pixel Qi screen can be used outdoors with the backlight turned off, but it disappoints otherwise. With Android 2.2 (Froyo) and a UI called Eden, the Adam looks cool, but fails to deliver on its promises. Frequent crashes on apps and games, reboots, and hangs are the order of the day. Apps don't behave the same in different modes, and, for instance, the calendar app doesn't import-from or export-to any other calendars, so it's a standalone calendar. Even the battery life is about 1/3 of what was initially anticipated. The Adam really is not ready for the marketplace in this version.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cisco Cius Tablet Now Available, at Least for Some

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 11:30 AM

http://www.macworld.com/article/159...l#lsrc.rss_main

"Cisco said in a blog post last week that its direct sales representatives and channel partners began accepting orders for the Cius on March 31. Through the end of May, the company is delivering the devices to “key customer accounts we’ve identified with unique use cases,” spokeswoman Molly Ford said in an e-mail interview."

While your average consumer can't get the Cius until June Cisco has started selling it to "key customer accounts" that apparently have special needs for it. The Cius is made to work specifically with Cisco's teleconferencing applications. As far as an Android tablet goes these days, it's not very exciting with an Atom CPU and only Android 2.2. I guess it may do well in the corporate market but I can't see that it would sell well at all in the private sector. It seems to me it would be smarter for Cisco to write an Android app to work with their TelePresence software. What do you think? Would you be interested in a Cisco branded Froyo tablet?


Friday, November 19, 2010

Viewsonic ViewPad 7 Unboxing

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 05:30 PM

http://www.netbooknews.com/14181/vi...ablet-unboxing/

"The ViewPad 7 gets unboxed!! In case you missed it, its got a 7-inch display capacitive touchscreen with 800×480 resolution, phone capabilities, front and back-facing cameras, 3G connectivity, a SIM card slot, and Android 2.2 "Froyo"."

Pretty good looking tablet, advertised as a Smart Pad with a Phone! Nice additions include SD and microSD slots. The ViewPad 7 ships with a case, with the case differing by geography. If you're in the UK, you can take part in Viewsonic's upgrade plan where you get up to £125 cash back when you trade in an old laptop, notebook or netbook. No additional solid details are available, like estimated price or availability in North America.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Archos 43 Tablet Features Android 2.2

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 05:30 PM

https://store.archos.com/archos-int...let-p-5003.html

"A connected AndroidTM palm-sized tablet A simple tap. Just a simple tap on the home screen of the ARCHOS 43 internet tablet and you'll be accessing all the major functions you need throughout the day wherever you are: HD video playback, HD camcorder, apps, emails and full Internet browsing. It's as simple as a tap."

An ideal form factor for carrying in a pocket at 4.3-inches, light at 4.6-ounces (130g), and sporting a ARM Cortex A8 processor with DSP at 1 GHz, as well as 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration, this Wi-fi only tablet seems like quite a bargain at $249.99. With Android 2.2 (Froyo) already on-board, and a 720p video camera (camcorder), it seems that the only thing lacking is access to the Android Market. Archos' own AppLib store is offered, but is really no replacement. Reviews have been good, but many tablet seekers seem to be waiting for the larger Archos 101, already on sale in Europe ( link ), and rumored to be available soon in the US for $299.


Monday, September 13, 2010

Google Says That Froyo (Android 2.2) Is Not Meant for Tablets

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 11:00 PM

http://hothardware.com/News/Google-...For-Tablet-PCs/

"Don't tell Samsung and all the other companies who have Android-based tablets on the docket, but Google isn't exactly sure that Android is designed for use on tablet PCs. In fact, they're certain it's a mismatch. Hugo Barra, Director of Products for Mobile at Google, recently spoke on the issue of seeing Android pop up on so many tablets, despite the fact that Android was built from the ground-up for use on smartphones."

Google is making it clear in the press that Android 2.2 (Froyo) is an OS that has been designed for small devices (Smartphones only), and that they do not officially support it on tablets (eg. no Android Market access). However, vendors like Samsung have been tweaking Froyo to support larger screens, and pretty successfully at that. Rumours are that Android 3.0 *will* directly support larger screens, so until then, vendors are on their own. Something else to consider: rumours abound of an upcoming ChromeOS tablet from Google ...


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