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    Yesterday we reported that the Android 3.0 SDK had been finalized and that apps can now be written to take advantage of the new features in Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Since Honeycomb is just for tablets, what can smartphone users get out of it? It turns out that in addition to APIs for developers to hook into, the Honeycomb wallpapers were included as well -- and the looks wonderful on smartphones! If you want to give your wallpaper a refresh, you can download the Honeycomb wallpapers here. Source: Android Central Forum Via: Android Police

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    It's been about a month since Google released the first Android 3.0 platform preview and SDK, giving developers the tools they needed to begin crafting apps for Honeycomb. With Motorola's Xoom nearing arrival, Google has finalized these packages, settling in on the selection of API calls that will make up the official Honeycomb release. With these tools, developers can now finalize any projects they've been working on, with the knowledge that their apps will be compatible with the first Android 3.0 devices. While Honeycomb lives on the outskirts of our smartphone world, its influence will ...

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    Not long ago we showed off "Honeybread", a theme for CM7 that looks a lot like Android Honeycomb. It wasn't really Honeycomb, but it did look very similar. This time around we starting hearing of people porting the Honeycomb SDK to devices such as HD2, DROID Incredible, EVO 4G, and others. Now it's hit the Nexus One, and we caught it on video. Take a look! To start things off, I downloaded the ROM from XDA-Developers to my sdcard. Once complete I rebooted into recovery and performed a full backup (so I co revert later), then did a full wipe/factory data reset. From that point all that was ...

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    When Android Honeycomb was released it came along with notice from Google that it would be for tablets only. Since it would be opensourced, just like other versions of Android, people could do with it as they wished. They were quick to follow up that Android Ice Cream Sandwich would be coming soon for smartphones which would incorporate all of the improvements realized in Honeycomb. Shortly thereafter Google released a beta of the Honeycomb SDK -- the tool kit that developers need to write apps (or update existing ones) to work with, and take full advantage of the new OS. Along with the ...

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    Google's mad scientists are busy hacking together a new Android in Frankenstein-style, grafting bits and pieces of Honeycomb onto Gingerbread to bring a little of that tablet flavor to smartphones. While that much has been known for a while now, we've still been left guessing as to just what parts of Honeycomb will be salvaged for smartphones, and what Google doesn't think will work on smaller screens. Google Android Engineering Director Dave Burke has now provided our first taste of what's to come feature-wise, thanks to a discussion with Phone Scoop. Android Ice Cream Sandwich (or just ...

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    It's being reported that an anonymous source at "a major manufacturer" has let some details about the next Android OS for smartphones leak. In what's being called Android 2.4 (the successor to Gingerbread), Google may be adding video calling support via Google Talk, similar to what we've seen in Honeycomb. Additionally, this version is said to include "dual-mode" app support so apps written for Honeycomb-powered tablets should run just fine on smartphones running Android 2.4. We previously heard that Android 2.4, like 2.3 may be called Gingerbread, similar to Android 2.0 and 2.1 both being ...

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    3D is all the rage these days. From 3D movies to 3D television, everything seems to be better in 3D -- but is it really "better"? Or is 3D just a gimmick to sell more expensive tickets, to get you to replace your flat-panel TV, and to replace your movie collection? Putting "big-screen" 3D aside, the extra dimension is now making its way onto our smartphones. Rather than dig into whether or not 3D "belongs" in your pocket, we decided to take a look at how 3D technologies could be applied to smartphones that would add value to the device, and enhance the user experience. Here's what we came ...

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    We have reason to believe that the device pictured above is the 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 expected to be announced in a few short days at Mobile World Congress. This particular version appears headed to one of Vodafone's networks. While we don't have any tangible specs on what is likely to be a dual-core Exynos-powered slate (formerly Orion), there's quite clearly a Honeycomb build running in this image, one that appears to be skinned so that the stock controls and notifications are bluer than we've seen on Motorola Xoom demos (although the two pieces of hardware look very similar in ...

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    If you're fed up with Android's music player, you're not alone. If you're ready for some Honeycomb goodness on your Android 2.1 or higher phone, you're in luck! The folks over at XDA-Developers have released what's reportedly the Honeycomb music player, all wrapped up in an installable .APK file. Want to get it a try? Simply download the file from XDA-Developers to your phone and install it. It doesn't get much easier that that. Once installed you'll notice that your music player will look a lot like the photo gallery that came with Froyo. Very pretty! You'll also notice something called ...

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    Honeycomb on a smartphone? We showed you a Honeycomb theme running on a Gingerbread phone yesterday. Apparently it's more than just us that want to see Honeycomb "liberated" from tablets, and made available for smartphones as well. Such is the intent behind the Motorola "Bee" concept phone by Joy Studios. Motorola was Google's partner in realizing the Android tablet platform, and showing Honeycomb to the world. It's not that difficult to imagine that Motorola could be Google's next smartphone partner and could bring us a "Nexus M" running either Honeycomb, or Ice Cream Sandwich. Were that ...

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    Honeycomb, Android 3.0, was recently announced by Google to help establish a foundation for tablet devices. We've been lead to believe that Honeycomb will only be available for tablets, not smartphones. That's not sitting well with many of us, including this developer who is working on a Honeycomb theme for CyanogemMod 7 that he calls "Honeybread". No, it's not really Honeycomb, the OS is Gingerbread (Android 2.3), but the look and feel, along with the colors are very much Honeycomb. To get started you'll need to have CyanogenMod 7 installed on your phone. After that, the steps are pretty ...

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    Recently Google showed off Android 3.0, codenamed Honeycomb. It looks amazing, but it's optimized for the larger screens found on tablets. After the presentation Google didn't take any questions from journalists -- which was somewhat odd. Later, Andrew Kovacs, a company spokesman for Google, did answer a question: Will Android 3.0 also appear on smartphones? "Features will arrive on phones over time," he said, but what we saw at the Honeycomb launch will not. While we recognize that many of the UI elements won't translate well to smaller screens, we're still a little stymied that Google ...

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    While Google's Honeycomb event didn't break any new smartphone ground, there's still plenty of reason to be interested in what Android 3.0 has to offer. One way or another, we can expect to see certain features migrate into a smartphone-sized Android release. Even though you may not be considering picking up something the size of a tablet right now, the curious among you can still take a look at what Google had to show and start fantasising about what you want Android 2.4 (or at whichever release the Androids start to merge) to deliver. Google's now posted a lengthy video of its ...

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    Earlier today we got an introduction to Google's upcoming Android OS, codenamed "Honeycomb", and got to see a lot of pretty, new user-experience elements specifically designed to take advantage of the larger real-estate found on tablets. How these elements may (or may not) apply to smartphones went unanswered -- the mere mention of "phones" was conspicuously absent at the event. Only briefly mentioned was the fact that Honeycomb is Android, and as such, it's not that much different from other versions that we're already familiar with. Applications that work for current versions of Android ...

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    We weren't neccessarily expecting an announcement in mobile from the Android Honeycomb event today, but we were certainly hoping. It's no secret by now that features from Honeycomb (which is Android designed for tablets) will be coming through to the smartphone at some point. In fact, we've hypothesizes at length about what "Honeycomb" (or, whatever you want to call it) will be like on a phone (here, here, here, and here). But there's something we must keep in mind: Google just released Android 2.3 Gingerbread on December 1st, 2010. The last release of Android for phones before that, ...

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    Tomorrow's Google event will undoubtedly give us our closest look yet at the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but a pair of rumors also point to two other big announcements Google may be preparing to make: the introduction of a new browser-based Android Market, and the start of the Google Music cloud service. Android and Me reports that one of its tipsters has informed the site that Google plans to launch its web version of the Android Market. Considering the processing power of the Honeycomb tablets we've heard about, and the nature of tablet screens being more accommodating to ...

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    Research company Canalys published some interesting figures today that show Google's Android becoming the world's number one smartphone platform, taking the crown over from former leader Symbian. Google-powered smartphones have sold 33.3 million units for a total of 32.9% of the market in Q4 2010 (from 4.7 million units representing 8.7% of the market one year earlier, in Q4 2009). Former leader Symbian also grew in the number of units by 7.1 million from 2009 to 2010 while Microsoft was the only company that recorded a decrease of 20.3% (but Windows Phone 7 didn't really kick in just ...

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    Google has started to send out invitations to an Android-themed event, scheduled for Groundhog Day. The company promises "an in-depth look at Honeycomb", but will it have any news to announce? We're certainly anxious to hear just what's going on with the Android 2.x / Android 3.0 split, and hoping to see how the changes made to accommodate tablets will be reconciled with smartphones. While we'd absolutely love an update on Google's plans for Android 2.4, it's not clear if this event will provide that kind of news, or just bring all the recent Android developments together and show off some ...

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    We spent nearly fifteen minutes recently walking through Android 3.0 Honeycomb in an attempt to understand what Google has in store for the Honeycomb version of smartphones. But guess what! The answer was there all along! If you resize the emulator to a phone resolution, like WVGA, the interface totally changes. The notification bar comes back to the top, and, well, that's all we can really see, because the application launcher keeps crashing, making it difficult to explore the rest of the operating system. What we can get a glimpse of, though, is the revamped Honeycomb system elements ...

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    These are not the first photos we've seen taken by the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 2, but they are certainly the nicest; these latest images are shot at four megapixels, whereas earlier ones were limited to VGA resolution (although we suspect an eight-megapixel sensor is inside the phone) . While most of the test shots are what you'd expect from pre-release hardware -- blurry pics of someone's keyboard or monitor -- one uploader was kind enough to let the camera focus before snapping a few photos of a children's storybook. We probably would have found these a few days earlier, but we'd been ...

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    We were all pleasantly impressed to see what Google has in store for us with the tablet version of their Android OS, codenamed Honeycomb. Our joy was quickly squashed when we started to get the impression that Honeycomb would be "tablet-only" -- no smartphones would be getting the OS. While this has severe implications for developers, it's end-users that are left scratching our heads. If Honeycomb is going to be Android 3.0, and only for tablets, what's next for smartphones? That's what got pocketnow reader George A. thinking. He and I talked about Honeycomb not coming to smartphones, and ...

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    Google just published an Android 3.0 promotional video on its AndroidDevelopers YouTube channel, giving us our first glimpse at the redesigned user interface. Though the video is no longer viewable on YouTube, having since been marked "private", it was out in the open long enough to be mirrored. First thing we notice is that it's going with the 3.0 = Honeycomb routine. Someone really needs to drop a nickname for Android 2.4, just so we can properly tell them apart. The video claims Android 3.0 is "built entirely for tablets", and its appearance certainly reinforces that. Screen elements ...

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    Google recently released the Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK preview, granting us access to a rather poorly performing emulator. Nevertheless, through the emulator we get a good sense for the changes coming to the next version of Android, both for tablets and for smartphones (the latter of which is due out later this year). For example, there will be a new way to manage your homescreens, making it a lot easier to move around multiple widgets and shortcuts without having to do them one at a time. We'll also see an instant way to jump into the multitasking menu with the launcher placed at the ...

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    While you could get your first taste of Honeycomb by giving the emulator a run, the abysmal speed we reported may sour you to that prospect. Luckily, you don't have to put up with that sloth to get your fix. Instead, you might want to check out a system dump of the operating system's files, unofficially released today. Inside the archive, you'll find a full collection of Android system resources to look over. While most of this is going to appeal primarily to a development-minded Android fan, there are enough things along the lines of Honeycomb-exclusive wallpapers to warrant a casual ...

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    If you spend some time poking around in the files of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb preview, you'll find all of the new wallpapers Google plans to include with the upcoming version of Android. Some of the wallpapers are formatted for mobile phones (which jives with our theory that Android 3.0 Honeycomb also works with smartphones), and some are much larger, obviously for tablets. Hit the source link for the full files, hosted at XDA or AndroidCentral. Source: XDA, AndroidCentral

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