If you are planning to rush in to your nearest electronic store to buy Samsung Galaxy Tab or Olive Pad, then Don’t Complain if you are left with an obsolete Android Tablet when the Android 3.0 codenamed “Honeycomb” gets rolled out in the coming year.
According to Andy Rubin, The Creator of Android Operating System –“Honeycomb is the next version of the Android platform, designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. We’ve spent a lot of time refining the user experience in Honeycomb, and we’ve developed a brand new, truly virtual and holographic user interface”.
In short, According to Rubin, Honeycomb is the Android version specially targeted towards Tablets, and According to Bobby Cha, Managing Director of Korean consumer Electronics Firm Enspert – Google’s new Android Honeycomb tablet OS will require a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor to run properly. This means the current crop of Android tablets on the market, like the Galaxy Tab, won’t be able to upgrade their software to Android 3.0 when it’s available. as they don’t have ARM Cortex A9 Processors.
Google introduced Honeycomb running on a prototype Motorola device last month, but they’ve kept the hardware requirements under wraps. Cha also confirmed that the Motorola tablet would be the first to market with Honeycomb.
If this is true, Google will have two parallel software paths for tablets, at least for a while. With their Cortex-A8 processors and 1,024×600 screens, the popular Samsung Galaxy Tab line of Android tablets run the “Froyo” version of Android, 2.2, and can be updated to Gingerbread, 2.3, but not to Honeycomb.
So, if you’re buying a Galaxy Tab today, you’re buying a technology that will be obsolete in the next few months. So Techie WhizKid recommends you to wait until Samsung launches the Galaxy Tab 2 Tablet.
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