- The tablets are becoming, actually they are already, the new hype, no doubt. There will be more coming this year, specifically with Android 3.0 to be launched this year. Even I wonder how much in advance a hardware manufacturer gets his hand on the OS, to be able to release a device in reasonable time after the launch of 3.0.
- Rumors (link) say there might be a hardware restriction for 3.0. That will really make a lot of devices out-dated immediately.
- There are many tablets running 2.1, lots from China at a low price. They are certainly not update-able to 2.2 or higher. Waste of money.
- The few serious (and more expensive) devices are Viewsonic, Samsung and Toshiba, all running 2.2. Will they be able to run 2.3 ? Or even 3 ? The Samsung Galaxy Tab is sold at almost 1000S$ without contract. This device potentially renders old stuff in 6 months time.
- Why does any device with 3G costs cost 200..300S$ more or is only available with a telco contract ?
- Toshiba AS100 and other market-less devices: Why in the world are they selling devices without App Market ? How much sense does it make to have a device and you cant add applications ?
Just noticed Gingerbread is coming to town since yesterday ! A bunch of new API stuff, such as SIP, NFC, multiple cameras and more. Read all the details here.
Now, the usual questions come up:
- When we gonna see the first native 2.3 device ?
- Will my device be supported / updated ? (Is Nexus One going to be updated ?)
- Did you see a device with NCF reader ? (near-field communication)
- and when we see Android 3.0 ? Will there be a Android 2.4 before ?
According to some news, Gingerbread will be “pushed” to Nexus One owners in the next few weeks.
The Nexus S is going to be the next official Google Phone (Samsung this time!), available after December 16 (doesnt seem to be available through shipping like the previous models)