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What is a "3.x (10") tablet"? What brand?

 

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Android 3.x, in this case a dual core Nvidia by Motorola.

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Android 3.x, in this case a dual core Nvidia by Motorola.

 

Wow, that's a good price. And a good unit too.

 

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Android 3.x, in this case a dual core Nvidia by Motorola.

 

you mean motorola xoom?

 

i have an ipad2 and blackberry playbook

 

BB playbook uses QNX as the base OS but can port android apps if you know how to, only thing i dont like about the BB playbook is there's no calendar and cant receive e-mail (which is important to others) if you dont have a Blackberry phone to bridge (as what they call it), no native e-mail app, if you want to open your e-mail, you have to open the browser either yahoo, google or any other e-mail service provider, basic apps like facebook, tiwtter and some others are already included, if not, can download from their app store or find it thru android app market. Bought it because of the flash support and better task manager.

Any other thing i use my ipad2.

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Android (operating system)

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

 

Android is a Linux based operating system for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. It is developed by the Open Handset Alliance led by Google.[9][10]

Google purchased the initial developer of the software, Android Inc., in 2005.[11] The unveiling of the Android distribution in 2007 was announced with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 84 hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices.[12][13][14][15] Google releases the Android code as open-source, under the Apache License.[16] The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is tasked with the maintenance and further development of Android.[17]

Android has a large community of developers writing applications ("apps") that extend the functionality of the devices. Developers write primarily in a customized version of Java.[18] As of October 2011 there were more than 400,000 apps available for Android, and the estimated number of applications downloaded from the Android Market as of December 2011 exceeded 10 billion.[19][20] Apps can be downloaded from third-party sites or through online stores such as Android Market, the app store run by Google.

Android was listed as the best-selling smartphone platform worldwide in Q4 2010 by Canalys[21][22] with over 200 million Android devices in use by November 2011.[23] According to Google's Andy Rubin, as of December 2011 there are over 700,000 Android devices activated every day.[24]

 

History

 

Foundation

 

Android, Inc. was founded in Palo Alto, California, United States in October, 2003 by Andy Rubin (co-founder of Danger),[25] Rich Miner (co-founder of Wildfire Communications, Inc.),[26] Nick Sears (once VP at T-Mobile),[27] and Chris White (headed design and interface development at WebTV)[28] to develop, in Rubin's words "...smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner's location and preferences".[29] Despite the obvious past accomplishments of the founders and early employees, Android Inc. operated secretly, revealing only that it was working on software for mobile phones.[29] That same year, Rubin ran out of money. Steve Perlman, a close friend of Rubin, brought him $10,000 in cash in an envelope and refused a stake in the company.[30]

Acquisition by Google

 

Google acquired Android Inc. on August 17, 2005, making Android Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Google Inc. Key employees of Android Inc., including Andy Rubin, Rich Miner and Chris White, stayed at the company after the acquisition.[11] Not much was known about Android Inc. at the time of the acquisition, but many assumed that Google was planning to enter the mobile phone market with this move.[11]

Post-acquisition development

 

At Google, the team led by Rubin developed a mobile device platform powered by the Linux kernel. Google marketed the platform to handset makers and carriers on the promise of providing a flexible, upgradable system. Google had lined up a series of hardware component and software partners and signaled to carriers that it was open to various degrees of cooperation on their part.[31][32][33]

Speculation about Google's intention to enter the mobile communications market continued to build through December 2006.[34] Reports from the BBC and The Wall Street Journal noted that Google wanted its search and applications on mobile phones and it was working hard to deliver that. Print and online media outlets soon reported rumors that Google was developing a Google-branded handset. Some speculated that as Google was defining technical specifications, it was showing prototypes to cell phone manufacturers and network operators.

In September 2007, InformationWeek covered an Evalueserve study reporting that Google had filed several patent applications in the area of mobile telephony.[35][36]

Open Handset Alliance

 

Main article: Open Handset Alliance

On November 5, 2007, the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of several companies which include Broadcom Corporation, Google, HTC, Intel, LG, Marvell Technology Group, Motorola, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and Texas Instruments unveiled itself. The goal of the Open Handset Alliance is to develop open standards for mobile devices.[14] On the same day, the Open Handset Alliance also unveiled their first product, Android, a mobile device platform built on the Linux kernel version 2.6.[14]

On December 9, 2008, 14 new members joined, including ARM Holdings, Atheros Communications, Asustek Computer Inc, Garmin Ltd, Huawei Technologies, PacketVideo, Softbank, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba Corp, and Vodafone Group Plc.[37][38]

Android Open Source Project

 

The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is led by Google, and is tasked with the maintenance and development of Android.[39] According to the project "The goal of the Android Open Source Project is to create a successful real-world product that improves the mobile experience for end users."[40] AOSP also maintains the Android Compatibility Program, defining an "Android compatible" device "as one that can run any application written by third-party developers using the Android SDK and NDK", to prevent incompatible Android implementations.[40] The compatibility program is also optional and free of charge, with the Compatibility Test Suite also free and open-source.[41]

 

Android has seen a number of updates since its original release, each fixing bugs and adding new features. Each version is named, in alphabetical order, after a dessert.[42]

 

 

Version history

Main article: Android version history

 

Recent releases

  • 2.3 Gingerbread refined the user interface, improved the soft keyboard and copy/paste features, improved gaming performance, added SIP support (VoIP calls), and added support for Near Field Communication.[43]

  • 3.0 Honeycomb was a tablet-oriented[44][45][46] release which supports larger screen devices and introduces many new user interface features, support for multi-core processors, hardware acceleration for graphics[47] and full system encryption.[48][49] The first device featuring this version, the Motorola Xoom tablet, went on sale in February 2011.[50][51]

  • 3.1 Honeycomb, released in May 2011, added support for extra input devices, USB host mode for transferring information directly from cameras and other devices, and the Google Movies and Books apps.[52]

  • 3.2 Honeycomb, released in July 2011, added optimization for a broader range of screen sizes, new "zoom-to-fill" screen compatibility mode, loading media files directly from SD card, and an extended screen support API.[53] Huawei MediaPad is the first 7 inch tablet to use this version [54]

  • 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, announced on October 19, 2011, brought Honeycomb features to smartphones and added new features including facial recognition unlock, network data usage monitoring and control, unified social networking contacts, photography enhancements, offline email searching, app folders, and information sharing using NFC. Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest Android version that is available to phones. The source code of Android 4.0.1 was released on November 14, 2011.[55]

As you can see, one needs a Tablet with Android 2.3 Gingerbread as a minimum for VoIP and for Native support of Front Cameras requires Android 3.1 Honeycomb.

 

 

While Honeycomb (Android 3.0) was never officially released to Chinese vendors, some of the more savvy companies managed to get their latest tablets to run the tablet ready version of Android. However, it seems as though their work may have been in vain as Android 4.0 (Ice-cream Sandwich) has already been released, and the first ICS tablets are making their way on to the market.

 

Expect to see a lot more Android Tablets sporting Android 4.0 ICS (Ice-cream Sandwich)

 

Here is one such release:-

Latest Xoom Knock Off Runs Android 4.0 Ice-cream Sandwich!

 

http://www.gizchina....nock-off-china/

 

 

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China’s Shenzhen Trust Time, have launched China’s first Ice-cream Sandwich Android 4.0 tablet!

Take a look at the video, specifications and photos below!

The roll out of Android ICS (Ice-cream Sandwich) tablets is going to be a totally different ball game to the trickle of Honeycomb tablets we have seen over the past few months!

 

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http://www.gizchina....nock-off-china/

 

The 10.1 inch tablet, with heavily influenced Motorola Xoom styling, has just been launched in China.

Unlike some of the more flaky first attempts, Shenzhen Trust Time, seem to have put together a rather solid looking device with a good hardware specification.

 

The full specification for the tablet is as follows:

Tegra2 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 10.1-inch capacitive screen with 1280 x 800 resolution, front facing camera, rear facing camera, Bluetooth, GPS, HDMI, USB, TF card slot, 3G card slot and 7000mAh battery.

 

There is no word on pricing for the device, or when it will officially go on sale, but if you are interested in the worlds first Android 4.0 Ice-cream Sandwich tablet from China, get in contact with us and we will send you details of how to get one.

 

 

Looks like the Tegra 2 - dual core processor with Nvidia GeForce GPU, is a good choice, and should be pretty good for Games also:-

 

 

http://www.tabletpcexpert.co.uk/news/nvidia-tegra2-android-tablet-processor-computex-best-choice-award/

 

The Taipei Computer Association has awarded Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor as the ‘Best Choice’ for Smart handheld devices innovation at the Computex 2011.

 

This powerful mobile super chip is already in use with 400 mobile computing products which includes Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablets like- Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, LG Optimus Pad, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Acer Iconia Tab A500 and Toshiba Tablet.

 

Grabbing this prestigious award wasn’t an easy task for Tegra 2, as it had to prove itself in terms of technical excellence, innovation and marketability among many other counter parts and has to pacify a team of government representatives, research analysts, technology experts, etc.

 

However, Nvidia should have been more confident about Tegra 2 as it has already been reviewed and appreciated as a backbone of AndroidIcon.gif based Tablets by many technological experts around the world. Also since its inception, Tegra 2 has been quoted as a killer chip of iPad’s A4 processor. The jury at the Computex 2011 said that Tegra 2 has been outstanding among hundreds of other entries proving itself as a real super chip. Moreover, it is also to be noted that Nvidia has been a winner since 2009 with its Nvidia ION and in 2010 with its Nvidia GeForce GTX480 graphic processors.

 

While Tegra 2 is the world’s first dual core processor with Nvidia GeForce GPU unleashing a better web experience, faster browsing, high quality video output and rich gaming experience, Nvidia doesn’t seem to stop there. The company has expressed its views on expanding the performance of Tablet computers with project Kal-El, which has been involved in the development of quad-core processors for mobile computing devices.

 

How long before Quad Core CPU with IceCream Sandwich OS are coming out?

 

 

Adriod OS

Features

 

Current features and specifications:[68][69][70]

Handset layouts

The platform is adaptable to larger, VGA, 2D graphics library, 3D graphics library based on OpenGL ES 2.0 specifications, and traditional smartphone layouts.

Storage

SQLite, a lightweight relational database, is used for data storage purposes.

Connectivity

Android supports connectivity technologies including GSM/EDGE, IDEN, CDMA, EV-DO, UMTS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE, NFC and WiMAX.

Messaging

SMS and MMS are available forms of messaging, including threaded text messaging and now Android Cloud To Device Messaging (C2DM) is also a part of Android Push Messaging service.

Multiple language support

Android supports multiple languages.[43]

Web browser

The web browser available in Android is based on the open-source WebKit layout engine, coupled with Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine. The browser scores 100/100 on the Acid3 test on Android 4.0, however it does have some rendering issues.

Java support

While most Android applications are written in Java, there is no Java Virtual Machine in the platform and Java byte code is not executed. Java classes are compiled into Dalvik executables and run on Dalvik, a specialized virtual machine designed specifically for Android and optimized for battery-powered mobile devices with limited memory and CPU. J2ME support can be provided via third-party applications.

Media support

Android supports the following audio/video/still media formats: WebM, H.263, H.264 (in 3GP or MP4 container), MPEG-4 SP, AMR, AMR-WB (in 3GP container), AAC, HE-AAC (in MP4 or 3GP container), MP3, MIDI, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WAV, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP.[70]

Streaming media support

RTP/RTSP streaming (3GPP PSS, ISMA), HTML progressive download (HTML5 <video> tag). Adobe Flash Streaming (RTMP) and HTTP Dynamic Streaming are supported by the Flash plugin.[71] Apple HTTP Live Streaming is supported by RealPlayer for Android,[72] and by the operating system in Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).[47]

Additional hardware support

Android can use video/still cameras, touchscreens, GPS, accelerometers, gyroscopes, barometers, magnetometers, dedicated gaming controls, proximity and pressure sensors, thermometers, accelerated 2D bit blits (with hardware orientation, scaling, pixel format conversion) and accelerated 3D graphics.

Multi-touch Android has native support for multi-touch which was initially made available in handsets such as the HTC Hero. The feature was originally disabled at the kernel level (possibly to avoid infringing Apple's patents on touch-screen technology at the time).[73] Google has since released an update for the Nexus One and the Motorola Droid which enables multi-touch natively.[74]

Bluetooth

Supports A2DP, AVRCP, sending files (OPP), accessing the phone book (PBAP), voice dialing and sending contacts between phones. Keyboard, mouse and joystick (HID) support is available in Android 3.1+, and in earlier versions through manufacturer customizations and third-party applications.[75]

Video calling

Android does not support native video calling, but some handsets have a customized version of the operating system that supports it, either via the UMTS network (like the Samsung Galaxy S) or over IP. Video calling through Google Talk is available in Android 2.3.4 and later. Gingerbread allows Nexus S to place Internet calls with a SIP account. This allows for enhanced VoIP dialing to other SIP accounts and even phone numbers. Skype 2.1 offers video calling in Android 2.3, including front camera support..

Multitasking

Multitasking of applications is available.[76]

Voice based features

Google search through voice has been available since initial release.[77] Voice actions for calling, texting, navigation, etc. are supported on Android 2.2 onwards.[78]

Tethering

Android supports tethering, which allows a phone to be used as a wireless/wired Wi-Fi hotspot. Before Android 2.2 this was supported by third-party applications or manufacturer customizations.[79]

Screen capture

Android natively supports the ability to capture a screenshot by method of pressing both the power and volume-down buttons at the same time on an Android device. This native support was first included within the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update, which is first seen on the Galaxy Nexus smartphone.[80] Previously, Android did not feature native support for screen capturing which would have likely been due to security concerns. Furthermore, prior manufacturer and third-party customizations as well as using a PC connection (DDMS developer's tool) were the only known methods of capturing a screenshot on Android.

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See http://developer.and...highlights.html for more info on what Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), brings the users

 

 

 

Android 4.0 for Users

 

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Simple, beautiful, beyond smart

 

Android 4.0 builds on the things people love most about Android — easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets, and deep interactivity — and adds powerful new ways of communicating and sharing.

Refined, evolved UI

Focused on bringing the power of Android to the surface, Android 4.0 makes common actions more visible and lets users navigate with simple, intuitive gestures. Refined animations and feedback throughout the system make interactions engaging and interesting. An entirely new typeface optimized for high-resolution screens improves readability and brings a polished, modern feel to the user interface.

Virtual buttons in the System Bar let users navigate instantly to Back, Home, and Recent Apps. The System Bar and virtual buttons are present across all apps, but can be dimmed by applications for full-screen viewing. Users can access each application's contextual options in the Action Bar, displayed at the top (and sometimes also at the bottom) of the screen.

Multitasking is a key strength of Android and it's made even easier and more visual on Android 4.0. The Recent Apps button lets users jump instantly from one task to another using the list in the System Bar. The list pops up to show thumbnail images of apps used recently — tapping a thumbnail switches to the app.

 

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The Recent Apps list makes multitasking simple.

 

Jump to the camera or see notifications without unlocking

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For incoming calls, you can respond instantly by text.

 

Rich and interactive notifications let users keep in constant touch with incoming messages, play music tracks, see real-time updates from apps, and much more. On smaller-screen devices, notifications appear at the top of the screen, while on larger-screen devices they appear in the System Bar.

 

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The All Apps launcher (left) and resizable widgets (right) give you apps and rich content from the home screen.

 

Home screen folders and favorites tray

New home screen folders offer a new way for users to group their apps and shortcuts logically, just by dragging one onto another. Also, in All Apps launcher, users can now simply drag an app to get information about it or immediately uninstall it, or disable a pre-installed app.

On smaller-screen devices, the home screen now includes a customizable favorites tray visible from all home screens. Users can drag apps, shortcuts, folders, and other priority items in or out of the favorites tray for instant access from any home screen.

Resizable widgets

Home screens in Android 4.0 are designed to be content-rich and customizable. Users can do much more than add shortcuts — they can embed live application content directly through interactive widgets. Widgets let users check email, flip through a calendar, play music, check social streams, and more — right from the home screen, without having to launch apps. Widgets are resizable, so users can expand them to show more content or shrink them to save space.

New lock screen actions

The lock screens now let users do more without unlocking. From the slide lock screen, users can jump directly to the camera for a picture or pull down the notifications window to check for messages. When listening to music, users can even manage music tracks and see album art.

Quick responses for incoming calls

When an incoming call arrives, users can now quickly respond by text message, without needing to pick up the call or unlock the device. On the incoming call screen, users simply slide a control to see a list of text responses and then tap to send and end the call. Users can add their own responses and manage the list from the Settings app.

Swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks, and browser tabs

Android 4.0 makes managing notifications, recent apps, and browser tabs even easier. Users can now dismiss individual notifications, apps from the Recent Apps list, and browser tabs with a simple swipe of a finger.

 

 

 

A spell-checker lets you find errors and fix them faster.

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A powerful voice input engine lets you dictate continously.

 

Improved text input and spell-checking

The soft keyboard in Android 4.0 makes text input even faster and more accurate. Error correction and word suggestion are improved through a new set of default dictionaries and more accurate heuristics for handling cases such as double-typed characters, skipped letters, and omitted spaces. Word suggestion is also improved and the suggestion strip is simplified to show only three words at a time.

 

To fix misspelled words more easily, Android 4.0 adds a spell-checker that locates and underlines errors and suggests replacement words. With one tap, users can choose from multiple spelling suggestions, delete a word, or add it to the dictionary. Users can even tap to see replacement suggestions for words that are spelled correctly. For specialized features or additional languages, users can now download and install third-party dictionaries, spell-checkers, and other text services.

Powerful voice input engine

 

Android 4.0 introduces a powerful new voice input engine that offers a continuous "open microphone" experience and streaming voice recognition. The new voice input engine lets users dictate the text they want, for as long as they want, using the language they want. Users can speak continously for a prolonged time, even pausing for intervals if needed, and dictate punctuation to create correct sentences. As the voice input engine enters text, it underlines possible dictation errors in gray. After dictating, users can tap the underlined words to quickly replace them from a list of suggestions.

 

 

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Data usage controls let you monitor total usage by network type and application and then set limits if needed.

 

Control over network data

Mobile devices can make extensive use of network data for streaming content, synchronizing data, downloading apps, and more. To meet the needs of users with tiered or metered data plans, Android 4.0 adds new controls for managing network data usage.

In the Settings app, colorful charts show the total data usage on each network type (mobile or Wi-Fi), as well as amount of data used by each running application. Based on their data plans, users can optionally set warning levels or hard limits on data usage or disable mobile data altogether. Users can also manage the background data used by individual applications as needed.

 

Designed for accessibility

A variety of new features greatly enhance the accessibility of Android 4.0 for blind or visually impaired users. Most important is a new explore-by-touch mode that lets users navigate without having to see the screen. Touching the screen once triggers audible feedback that identifies the UI component below; a second touch in the same component activates it with a full touch event. The new mode is especially important to support users on new devices that use virtual buttons in the System Bar, rather than dedicated hardware buttons or trackballs. Also, standard apps are updated to offer an improved accessibility experience. The Browser supports a script-based screen reader for reading favorite web content and navigating sites. For improved readability, users can also increase the default font size used across the system.

The accessibility experience begins at first setup — a simple touch gesture during setup (clockwise square from upper left) activates all accessibility features and loads a setup tutorial. Once accessibility features are active, everything visible on the screen can be spoken aloud by the standard screen reader.

Communication and sharing

 

 

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Contacts and profiles are integrated across apps and social networks, for a consistent, personal experience everywhere — from incoming calls to emails.

 

Designed for the way people live, Android 4.0 integrates rich social communication and sharing touchpoints across the system, making it easy to talk, email, text, and share.

 

People and profiles

Throughout the system, a user’s social groups, profiles, and contacts are linked together and integrated for easy accessibility. At the center is a new People app that offers richer profile information, including a large profile picture, phone numbers, addresses and accounts, status updates, events, stream items, and a new button for connecting on integrated social networks.

The user's own contact information is stored in a new "Me" profile, allowing easier sharing with apps and people. All of the user's integrated contacts are displayed in an easy to manage list, including controls over which contacts are shown from any integrated account or social network. Wherever the user navigates across the system, tapping a profile photo displays Quick Contacts, with large profile pictures, shortcuts to phone numbers, text messaging, and more.

 

Unified calendar, visual voicemail

To help organize appointments and events, an updated Calendar app brings together personal, work, school, and social agendas. With user permission, other applications can contribute events to the calendar and manage reminders, for an integrated view across multiple calendar providers. The app is redesigned to let users manage events more easily. Calendars are color-coded and users can swipe left or right to change dates and pinch to zoom in or out agendas.

 

In the phone app, a new visual voicemail features integrates incoming messages, voice transcriptions, and audio files from one or more providers. Third-party applications can integrate with the Phone app to add their own voice messages, transcriptions, and more to the visual voicemail inbox.

 

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Capture the picture you want, edit, and share instantly.

 

Rich and versatile camera capabilities

The Camera app includes many new features that let users capture special moments with great photos and videos. After capturing images, they can edit and share them easily with friemds.

 

When taking pictures, continuous focus, zero shutter lag exposure, and decreased shot-to-shot speed help capture clear, precise images. Stabilized image zoom lets users compose photos and video in the way they want, including while video is recording. For new flexibility and convenience while shooting video, users can now take snapshots at full video resolution just by tapping the screen as video continues to record.

 

To make it easier to take great pictures of people, built-in face detection locates faces in the frame and automatically sets focus. For more control, users can tap to focus anywhere in the preview image.

 

For capturing larger scenes, the Camera introduces a single-motion panorama mode. In this mode, the user starts an exposure and then slowly turns the Camera to encompass as wide a perspective as needed. The Camera assembles the full range of continuous imagery into a single panoramic photo.

 

After taking a picture or video, users can quickly share it by email, text message, bluetooth, social networks, and more, just by tapping the thumbnail in the camera controls.

 

 

 

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A Photo Gallery widget on the home screen.

 

Redesigned Gallery app with photo editor

The Gallery app now makes it easier to manage, show, and share photos and videos. For managing collections, a redesigned album layout shows many more albums and offers larger thumbnails. There are many ways to sort albums, including by time, location, people, and tags. To help pictures look their best, the Gallery now includes a powerful photo editor. Users can crop and rotate pictures, set levels, remove red eyes, add effects, and much more. After retouching, users can select one or multiple pictures or videos to share instantly over email, text messaging, bluetooth, social networks, or other apps.

 

An improved Picture Gallery widget lets users look at pictures directly on their home screen. The widget can display pictures from a selected album, shuffle pictures from all albums, or show a single image. After adding the widget to the home screen, users can flick through the photo stacks to locate the image they want, then tap to load it in Gallery.

 

 

 

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Live Effects let you change backgrounds and use Silly Faces during video.

 

Live Effects for transforming video

Live Effects is a collection of graphical transformations that add interest and fun to videos captured in the Camera app. For example, users can change the background behind them to any stock or custom image, for just the right setting when shooting videeo. Also available for video is Silly Faces, a set of morphing effects that use state-of-the-art face recognition and GPU filters to transform facial features. For example, you can use effects such as small eyes, big mouth, big nose, face squeeze, and more. Outside of the Camera app, Live Effects is available during video chat in the Google Talk app.

 

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Snapping a screenshot.

Sharing with screenshots

Users can now share what's on their screens more easily by taking screenshots. Hardware buttons let them snap a screenshot and store it locally. Afterward, they can view, edit, and share the screen shot in Gallery or a similar app.

Cloud-connected experience

 

 

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Benchmark comparisons of Android Browser.

 

Android has always been cloud-connected, letting users browse the web and sync photos, apps, games, email, and contacts — wherever they are and across all of their devices. Android 4.0 adds new browsing and email capabilities to let users take even more with them and keep communication organized.

 

Powerful web browsing

The Android Browser offers an experience that’s as rich and convenient as a desktop browser. It lets users instantly sync and manage Google Chrome bookmarks from all of their accounts, jump to their favorite content faster, and even save it for reading later in case there's no network available.

 

To get the most out of web content, users can now request full desktop versions of web sites, rather than their mobile versions. Users can set their preference for web sites separately for each browser tab. For longer content, users can save a copy for offline reading. To find and open saved pages, users can browse a visual list that’s included with browser bookmarks and history. For better readability and accessibility, users can increase the browser’s zoom levels and override the system default text sizes.

Across all types of content, the Android Browser offers dramatically improved page rendering performance through updated versions of the WebKit core and the V8 Crankshaft compilation engine for JavaScript. In benchmarks run on a Nexus S device, the Android 4.0 browser showed an improvement of nearly 220% over the Android 2.3 browser in the V8 Benchmark Suite and more than 35% in the SunSpider 9.1 JavaScript Benchmark. When run on a Galaxy Nexus device, the Android 4.0 browser showed improvement of nearly 550% in the V8 benchmark and nearly 70% in the SunSpider benchmark.

 

 

Improved email

In Android 4.0, email is easier to send, read, and manage. For composing email, improved auto-completion of recipients helps with finding and adding frequent contacts more quickly. For easier input of frequent text, users can now create quick responses and store them in the app, then enter them from a convenient menu when composing. When replying to a message, users can now toggle the message to Reply All and Forward without changing screens.

 

For easier browsing across accounts and labels, the app adds an integrated menu of accounts and recent labels. To help users locate and organize IMAP and Exchange email, the Email app now supports nested mail subfolders, each with synchronization rules. Users can also search across folders on the server, for faster results.

 

For enterprises, the Email app supports EAS v14. It supports EAS certificate authentication, provides ABQ strings for device type and mode, and allows automatic sync to be disabled while roaming. Administrators can also limit attachment size or disable attachments.

 

For keeping track of incoming email more easily, a resizable Email widget lets users flick through recent email right from the home screen, then jump into the Email app to compose or reply.

 

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Android Beam lets users share what they are using with a single tap.

Innovation

 

Android is continously driving innovation forward, pushing the boundaries of communication and sharing with new capabilities and interactions.

Android Beam for NFC-based sharing

Android Beam is an innovative, convenient feature for sharing across two NFC-enabled devices, It lets people instantly exchange favorite apps, contacts, music, videos — almost anything. It’s incredibly simple and convenient to use — there’s no menu to open, application to launch, or pairing needed. Just touch one Android-powered phone to another, then tap to send.

For sharing apps, Android Beam pushes a link to the app's details page in Android Market. On the other device, the Market app launches and loads the details page, for easy downloading of the app. Individual apps can build on Android Beam to add other types of interactions, such as passing game scores, initiating a multiplayer game or chat, and more.

 

Face recognition lets you unlock your phone with your face.

Face Unlock

Android 4.0 introduces a completely new approach to securing a device, making each person's device even more personal — Face Unlock is a new screen-lock option that lets users unlock their devices with their faces. It takes advantage of the device front-facing camera and state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to register a face during setup and then to recognize it again when unlocking the device. Users just hold their devices in front of their faces to unlock, or use a backup PIN or pattern.

 

Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth HDP

Support for Wi-Fi Direct lets users connect directly to nearby peer devices over Wi-Fi, for more reliable, higher-speed communication. No internet connection or tethering is needed. Through third-party apps, users can connect to compatible devices to take advantage of new features such as instant sharing of files, photos, or other media; streaming video or audio from another device; or connecting to compatible printers or other devices.

 

Android 4.0 also introduces built-in support for connecting to Bluetooth Health Device Profile (HDP) devices. With support from third-party apps, users can connect to wireless medical devices and sensors in hospitals, fitness centers, homes, and elsewhere.

 

 

 

Rockchip aims for Android 4.0 tablets under $100

 

Chip maker for inexpensive Chinese tablets hopes to bring sub-$100 tablet to the U.S., Europe and Japan

 

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9223225/Rockchip_aims_for_Android_4.0_tablets_under_100

 

 

 

IDG News Service - A company making ARM processors used in inexpensive Chinese tablets hopes to make a splash in the U.S. and Europe this year and drive down prices of Android 4.0 tablets to under $100.

 

Chinese chip maker Rockchip will show close to 40 prototype tablets running Android 4.0 and Adobe Flash 11 at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The tablets will be based on the company's RK2918 chip.

Rockchip's ARM-based chips power some inexpensive tablets from China that sell on eBay and other sites. Chinese tablets, some of which are iPad knock-offs, serve basic Web surfing needs, but lack hardware and software support. Rockchip also supplies parts for products from Apple and Samsung, but with tablet shipments rising, the chip maker hopes to raise its profile and sell its new ARM-based chip in Europe and the Americas.

 

Tablets with Android 4.0 based on Rockchip will come to the U.S., Europe and Japan later in the quarter, said Yan Yan Xing, a Rockchip spokeswoman. A 7-inch tablet with the new Rockchip chip may be priced at $95 to $125, while a 10-inch tablet could be $150 to $200. The prices are variable though, she said.

 

"We do know that the Rockchip product will make these tablets competitive, in terms of pricing," a U.S. representative for the company said in an email.

 

A sub-$100 tablet based on a MIPS processor with Android 4.0 and a 7-inch capacitive screen surfaced late last year in China, but notable tablets with the fastest processors are still priced above $250. Acer this week introduced the dual-core Iconia Tab A200 starting at $329.99, while the most advanced quad-core Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is priced between $500 to $600. An exception is the Amazon Kindle Fire, which is $199.

But the sub-$100 price could be a breakthrough for users looking for new ARM-based tablets with the latest Android OS. Users have complained about application compatibility issues on the Android 4.0 MIPS tablet, which could be resolved on the tablets with Rockchip chips as Android development revolves around ARM processors. Questions however remain if the new tablets with Rockchip chips will surpass the quality of the inexpensive Chinese tablets.

 

The demand for Android 4.0 will spur growth in tablet shipments, which will help Rockchip expand worldwide, the company said. But the chip maker has to contend with larger chip makers such as Nvidia, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, which make ARM-based tablet chips, and Intel, which offers x86 tablet chips.

 

 

 

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Android 4 10" tablets are on Aussie eBay already for $285 free delivery ex Melbourne.

 

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