The Android Nexus 7 Tablet (and Jelly Bean) Explained


 

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readwriteweb.com | By Dan Rowinski 

For years, consumers have been looking for an alternative to the iPad. The obvious place has been Android, but in reality nothing really stood up against Apple’s mighty slate. Either the price was too high, or it came with a contract from a wireless carrier, or it just wasn’t good enough. Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG and a host of other companies tried to make great Android tablets at reasonable prices, and each achieved varying degrees of failure. A quick look at Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet shows us it has the potential to not just best all the other Android slates on the market – and Amazon’s Kindle Fire – but perhaps even challenge the dominance of the iPad.

Android Jelly Bean

Google did not build Android originally with the thought of putting it on tablets. To this point, it has been a struggle for any Android device that is not a smartphone to really look great and function well on a tablet. Theoretically, that was supposed to change in February 2011 when Google announced Android 3.0 Honeycomb, designed specifically for tablets. The first iteration of a Honeycomb tablet was the Xoom, created by Motorola.

It was basically terrible.

Android apps on the Xoom did not look or perform well on the device. It was clunky and did not perform as well as its impressive hardware specifications promised it should. And it was expensive. It started at $899 unless you wanted to tie it to a two-year contract from Verizon, in which case it was $699. It was a consumer dud and partially ruined the demand for tablets.

Other Android tablets that have come since have not been much better. Samsung has a variety of Galaxy-branded tablets that are all ho-hum devices. Other tablets ran Android versions like Gingerbread 2.3, which were not intended for larger screen sizes.

What has changed? Foremost, Google combined the development of Android apps to be compatible with both smartphones and tablets when it released Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich late in 2011. In terms of tablet user interface, Ice Cream Sandwich was a big jump for Android. Yet, to this point, there are no meaningful tablets running ICS.

That is why the Nexus 7 is incredibly important. It will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and be optimized to the newest version of the operating system. That means that it should run apps on bigger tablet screens as the developers intended them to be used. It will have all the Android goodness that people like, such as live widgets (which are now responsive to a particular home screen’s real estate), dynamic sharing abilities through Google Beam, and a user interface that is easier to use, more intuitive than Honeycomb ever was and generally superior to everything that came before it. Jelly Bean should be the new standard for Android tablets, and in that, consumers, developers and Google all win.  Leer más “The Android Nexus 7 Tablet (and Jelly Bean) Explained”

Samsung Galaxy S II ya tiene Android ICS en Europa

Además, en la misma publicación, Samsung confirma también que Android Ice Cream Sandwich para el Galaxy Note, el Galaxy S II LTE y las Galaxy Tab de 8.9 y 10.1 pulgadas comenzarán a recibir la actualización dentro de poco, pero no se especifica fecha. Ahora, pare esta lado del mundo, tal como lo comentan en la publicación, la actualización será gradual hasta llegar a todas las regiones.

Los rumores no estaban del todo mal, si bien se esperaba y poco después se desmentía la actualización para el 10 de marzo, con esta aclaratoria podemos estar tranquilos Por lo menos ya se liberó la actualización y nos podemos comenzar a deshacer de versiones beta que andaban rondando por la web.


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Es oficial, por fin Samsung se decidió y los usuarios de un Galaxy S II en parte de Europa (Polonia, Hungría y Suecia) y Corea están comenzado a actualizar sus terminales aAndroid Ice Cream Sandwich el día de hoy.

A través de una publicación en la pagina de Facebook lo confirman y le algran la madrugada a lo compañeros que se encuentran al otro lado del mundo. Leer más “Samsung Galaxy S II ya tiene Android ICS en Europa”

Showcase Of Creative & Smart Print Ads ***Inspírate – recomendado***


By Brant Wilson | http://designm.ag

In today’s world advertisement plays a very important role. For a product or company to be successful the advertisement must deliver a powerful message. In this roundup we are featuring some fresh and creative print advertisements. Enjoy!!

Pilates With Gerda: Belly Bag

Stabilo Boss: Highlighted, Maria Antonieta

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: Robbery

GE X500 Camera: Wall

Biothymus F: Dye

Liberté: Pots, Maple

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Samsung tablets to get even bigger with expected Galaxy Tab 11.6 announcement

AndroidAndMe states that there is more to its report than rumour, noting it actually saw the device at this year’s CES 2012 expo and the 11.6-inch Galaxy Tab could be about to make its debut at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February:

I visited with Samsung System LSI during CES to discuss their upcoming Exynos processors and I saw one of their prototype tablets which was powered by Exynos 5250 and already running Android 4.0. I actually took pictures of the device (not really knowing what it was), but I was politely asked to delete them from my camera after the briefing was over.


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Samsung is expected to debut what could be the biggest tablet device on record with the addition of an 11.6-inch portable to its Galaxy Tab range, AndroidAndMe reports.

In a market where smartphones are getting bigger and manufacturers are experimenting with different tablet form factors, Samsung looks to set to raise the bar with a device that is a full inch-and-a-half bigger than other offerings, raising questions as to whether vendors will set a limit to how big they will make them.

AndroidAndMe states that there is more to its report than rumour, noting it actually saw the device at this year’s CES 2012 expo and the 11.6-inch Galaxy Tab could be about to make its debut at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February:

I visited with Samsung System LSI during CES to discuss their upcoming Exynos processors and I saw one of their prototype tablets which was powered by Exynos 5250 and already running Android 4.0. I actually took pictures of the device (not really knowing what it was), but I was politely asked to delete them from my camera after the briefing was over. Leer más “Samsung tablets to get even bigger with expected Galaxy Tab 11.6 announcement”