Following on from our earlier post regarding the stabilizing of video calling on Android tablets, we now have some more exciting news regarding tablets that run Google’s OS. Reports are saying that Android are close to launching an update to their software, with Honeycomb tablet owners enjoying the new 3.2 version of the tablet specific software.
We have even further news to report on this matter as various reports including those from Electric Pig are suggesting that the update will be for owners of the Motorola Xoom. Android 3.0 Honeycomb debuted on March 27th 2011 and the update for the 3.1 version was rolled out less than 2 months later. It looks like updates could be rolled out around every 2 months, so it could not be long until we see 3.2.
The Motorola Xoom was the first Android tablet to receive the 3.1 update and so naturally speculation has been fulled that it will be first to get the 3.2 update. It has widely been suggested that the system update will be more of a tweak than a dramatic overhaul like we saw with the 3.1 update. It is likely that Android tablets that are powered by Gingerbread 2.3, like the HTC Flyer may also get the Honeycomb update.
The update brings 2 new support features, which in my eyes will please the masses. Firstly Honeycomb 3.2 will provide support for all tablets with 7 inch screens or a resolution that is less than 1280×800, Unwired View reports. The second feature is support for Qualcomm processors, because previously the OS only supported tablets with Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processors. These new changes will greatly benefit manufacturers as it lowers production costs.
A cheaper Android tablet would blow the market open even wider, more Android tablets are expected before the end of 2011. In 2012 they are expected to be marching off of the assembly line themselves. Qualcomm chips and smaller displays will allow manufacturers to reduce the prices, which will go down well with consumers looking for a less pricey Android tablet that runs Honeycomb 3.2.
One tablet which we are keeping our eyes on is the HTC Puccini which will be the successor to the HTC Flyer. We were expecting to see it launched at an HTC event towards the end of last month but nothing materialized. The Puccini is expected before the end of July and has 4G capabilities for those lucky folks over in the US. It will be interesting to see which version of Honeycomb it runs on, when it launches. Do you Motorola Xoom users expect to be getting a fresh Honeycomb injection next week? Let your feelings be known in the comments section down below.
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