Google Holding Honeycomb Press Event Tomorrow, What Do You Want To See?

It’s not often I write about Android specific news without a T-Mobile focus which is why I didn’t rush to post news most Android devotees have already heard about. For the uninformed, Google is holding a press event tomorrow at their Mountain View headquarters to go in-depth with Honeycomb, the Android ecosystem and provide hands on demos.

While this news, at least for the moment is Android specific, hence my decision not to rush posting this there are T-Mobile interests here. The LG G-Slate will be the first device/Tablet T-Mobile to launch with Honeycomb Android and among one of the first devices around the world to launch with it altogether. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we might see Honeycomb updates for at least “some” of the current T-Mobile models and those that are launching later on this year. (Relax Samsung haters, some phones do get updates.)

Is there anything you want to see Google talk about tomorrow? Anything you hope to hear, see or experience out of this event?

For those of you who want to watch the Honeycomb happenings live, Google will be live streaming the event at youtube.com/android.

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  • Bobert

    Hoping for more news on more Honeycomb tablets. Also hoping they announce which features of HC will be available on handsets.

  • J-Hop2o6

    You mean device/tablet David.. not phone.. lol

    “The LG G-Slate will be the first [device/tablet] T-Mobile to launch with Honeycomb Android”

    But yea, I can’t wait to see more info on Honeycomb/3.0 tomorrow!

    • http://tmonews.com David

      I saw that, fixed it!!

  • Amdestined

    I wanna see my mytouch 4g get the sweet honey update

    • Alex

      Doesn’t everyone?

    • Anonymous

      You won’t ever officially see that and you don’t need it if you don’t know what Honeycomb is.

      What you want is the next Android phone OS: “Ice Cream Sandwich,” version 2.4x

      But seeing how ICS is slated for a summer release (ice cream sandwich, summer… get it? LOL) I doubt any current handsets will get it officially, and last year’s devices especially won’t get it. You will have to hang over at XDA to get it.

      Trivia: Supposedly Google was going to call it “Ice Cream” but the dessert statues Google erects on its front lawn would conflict. That’s because they already have an ice cream looking dessert statue signifying FroYo (Frozen Yogurt). So they changed to ice cream sandwich. Look for an ice cream sandwich on Google’s front lawn this summer.

      Here is a news item before Google changed the name:

      http://techxplosion.net/android-ice-cream-the-sweet-toothed-followup-to-honeycomb/

  • Vin

    I would love the ability to interact well with the common microsoft office products, and the ability to plug in some peripherals via a usb connection.. And the other usuals every one is expecting like better media interface etc..

  • mmeyer4663

    LG Slate with Honeycomb, mid March release on T-Mobile US, $450 retail price, full Netflix streaming support, 3D video capture @ 720p, 3D display using passive glasses (there is no way they are ready for glassless display yet), full Dish Remote Access STREAMING SUPPORT over 3G! (I have tried it on 5 Android phones and the Samsung Tab and it does not work on 3G. Only wifi), 64GB memory, Tegra 2, support for class 10 32GB microsdhc. Guess that’s enough.

    • HR

      I think a release goes out tonight at 12pst with all of that!

      • mmeyer4663

        LOL! Can I have some of what you’re on? Pretty please!

        • HR

          Wasn’t to far off!

      • mmeyer4663

        LOL! Can I have some of what you’re on? Pretty please!

  • mmeyer4663

    LG Slate with Honeycomb, mid March release on T-Mobile US, $450 retail price, full Netflix streaming support, 3D video capture @ 720p, 3D display using passive glasses (there is no way they are ready for glassless display yet), full Dish Remote Access STREAMING SUPPORT over 3G! (I have tried it on 5 Android phones and the Samsung Tab and it does not work on 3G. Only wifi), 64GB memory, Tegra 2, support for class 10 32GB microsdhc. Guess that’s enough.

  • mmeyer4663

    LG Slate with Honeycomb, mid March release on T-Mobile US, $450 retail price, full Netflix streaming support, 3D video capture @ 720p, 3D display using passive glasses (there is no way they are ready for glassless display yet), full Dish Remote Access STREAMING SUPPORT over 3G! (I have tried it on 5 Android phones and the Samsung Tab and it does not work on 3G. Only wifi), 64GB memory, Tegra 2, support for class 10 32GB microsdhc. Guess that’s enough.

  • mmeyer4663

    Oh! AND a Honeycomb release for the HD2! Either directly from Google, HTC or T-Mobile!

  • mmeyer4663

    Oh! AND a Honeycomb release for the HD2! Either directly from Google, HTC or T-Mobile!

  • Ashleynmartinez85

    I would really love to hear that my G2 is gonna begetting a taste of Honeycomb!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eduardo-Matos/100000187316458 Eduardo Matos

    High Resolution (720p), 3D support, 4G, a beautiful and a useful interface, equal or similar to the iPad (Calm down, it was a joke)

  • G2Fan

    OK wait, maybe I am completely lost, but isn’t Honeycomb only supposed to be for Tablets?

  • G2Fan

    OK wait, maybe I am completely lost, but isn’t Honeycomb only supposed to be for Tablets?

    • Anonymous

      You are correct, but this article is not referring to handsets. What this article is referring to is Honeycomb updates for existing Android tablets, such as the Samsung Tab and the Dell Streak.

      Google announced that it plans to launch Android 3.0 Honeycomb as a tablet-only OS. Mainly, Honeycomb is supposed to address working on larger displays (the main problem with mobile phone versions of Android, they cannot efficiently run tablet displays).

      The next Android phone version is 2.4 (“Ice Cream Sandwich”), supposedly a mid 2011 launch.

      Sidenote: While officially that’s what’s happening, hackers and developers have found indications in Honeycomb’s code that it can run on small displays. The experts think this might be because Google intends Honeycomb to run on small display devices such as the 5″ Dell Streak or other “simple” multi-media devices, video players, for example.

  • Jazz

    I want Honeycomb to to do my work for me so i can kick back and watch movies or something… LOL

  • Marland

    I would love to see galaxy tab get a honeycomb update.

    • frigadroid

      LOL. :’-(

    • frigadroid

      LOL. :’-(

    • mmeyer4663

      Did you hear about the 16% return rate on the Samsung Tabs? Doubt they would waste time on an upgrade.

  • howie69

    What devices will Honeycomb support? Will it be offered as an update for existing devices? Will Honeycomb include voice-dialing functionality?

  • MarkMcCoskey

    I hope to see the full release of Honeycomb so that its porting to the Nook Color going on at XDA can be completed. A full fledged Android 3.0 tablet for $250.

    • Anonymous

      Mark… I am holding out for one of Augen’s new tablets, supposedly debuting in April 2011. None will be carrier-based and the prices range from $200 to $700, but the $569 (retail) Doppio hybrid is the sweetest.

      For your $250 you will be able to get a fully spec’d 7″ Android-based tablet. For $369 ($300 my assumed street price) you can get the Augen “Dolce,” which will be a fully spec’d 10.1″ tablet.

      And for $569 retail ($500 street price) you can get the Augen “Doppio.” It will come with the Dolce tablet “top half” and what I call a “netbook dock” “lower half,” essentially making the joined devices a fully functional netbook computer.

      As I have said on any website that will allow me to keep commenting (LOL), I see these hybrid devices (tablet top, “netbook dock” bottom) as the way of the future. Basically one can kill two tech birds with one opening of the wallet, and for a little more than what a standalone netbook would cost and about the same as unsubsidized “carrier-based tablets” would cost.

      The only thing I am concerned about is that I won’t be buying the Augen, or any tablet, if it does not have Honeycomb. Augen kind of danced around the question at CES on whether the April-debuting tablets will include Honeycomb (simply saying whatever the current OS is, that’s what they will come with).

      http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/11/augen-improves-gentouch-78-teases-lenovo-u1-hybrid-competitor/

  • Guest

    A honeycomb tablet made by Googl like a developer tablet! That would be cool.

  • Anonymous

    Officially, it’s a tablet OS.

    Dell said that the Streak will get Honeycomb as an update. But see articles on the Streak, Dell is supposedly not that great on providing updates.

    Google will announce Honeycomb’s functionality, but I would expect that it will do anything that users demand of their netbooks, since that is Google’s diabolical plan, to have people ditch their netbooks and instead opt for a Google-powered tablet.

    So whatever you can do on a netbook you will be able to do on an Android-powered tablet. Matter of fact, I expect Google to wow the public by playing some 3D game on a 10″ 3D tablet and following that up with a video chat to an astronaut in the space station.

  • Evilbox

    I’d like to see better battery life. I hate that I can’t even make it through a whole day on a full charge on my phone…

  • Anonymous

    I see that a manufacturer’s/carrier’s tablet sales are doomed before they begin if it does not have Android 3.0 or if it can’t be immediately upgraded to it.

    It will be interesting to see what big shot tablet manufacturers do with this. For example, will Samsung provide the upgrade to existing Tab owners?

    Samsung will be introducing the Tab 2 at Mobile World Congress. Will it refuse to update the Tab because that will hurt Tab 2 sales? Does the Tab have the hardware to run Honeycomb?

    Samsung has to be careful here. The Tab went on sale just a few months ago. Google will be announcing Honeycomb tomorrow and 11 days later Samsung will announce the Tab 2.

    I’m sure the Tab 2 will have specs justifying its release so soon after the Tab came out. But still, Samsung better fix the Tab by providing Honeycomb.

    • HR

      I see your point but I would like to just add that not all consumers who buy a tab itch for the newest updates. Some might argue those who want the latest updates are the minority. With that said something does need to be done about the return rate of tablets that are not Ipads. I don’t think carriers will be big in the tablet business for long as consumers want to connect tablets to their existing ISP’s (home net, tether via phone). I don’t think this economy has a market for consumers to pay for a 3rd connection to the internet.

    • HR

      I see your point but I would like to just add that not all consumers who buy a tab itch for the newest updates. Some might argue those who want the latest updates are the minority. With that said something does need to be done about the return rate of tablets that are not Ipads. I don’t think carriers will be big in the tablet business for long as consumers want to connect tablets to their existing ISP’s (home net, tether via phone). I don’t think this economy has a market for consumers to pay for a 3rd connection to the internet.

    • http://twitter.com/SlideOrDieS14 Lawrence P. Ryan III

      either all the phone manufacturers should get on the ball with their updates, or apple should just not do such a good job of releasing steady, quality updates. or everyone that wants updates should by a nexus s. three good choices…

    • http://twitter.com/SlideOrDieS14 Lawrence P. Ryan III

      either all the phone manufacturers should get on the ball with their updates, or apple should just not do such a good job of releasing steady, quality updates. or everyone that wants updates should by a nexus s. three good choices…

  • Ryan

    I’d like to see Video Chat included in GTalk. Yahoo Messengers just isn’t cutting it for me.

  • bryan

    I would like to know what the plans are for 3.0 on phones. Everything shown off so far has been tablet specific (new UI, updated apps like Browser, Gmail, etc), so what is the plan for 3.0 on phones?

    Is there going to be a split in the Android OS, with a branch for tablets and a branch for smartphones? If so how much of the code will overlap, is the difference just going to be UI with the same underlying code?

    • Anonymous

      Again, and as posted on the Net for months, Honeycomb is NOT a phone OS, it’s for tablets. There is no offcial plan for 3.0 on phones, unless it NOT being a phone OS could be called a plan.

      Even though Gingerbread (Android 2.3) has not been distributed to many handsets, the next Android phone OS is Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 2.4 or 2.5.

      If you don’t know what the features or intent of Honeycomb then you don’t need it.

      Interestingly, Google may be making a mistake calling Honeycomb an Android version. Users might show up on the Net with pitchforked tongues demanding their phones get Honeycomb simply because they assume the higher version number must mean it’s better.

      To be sure, there’s already rumblings on the Net, even in here, of people saying they want Honeycomb on their handsets. The amusing thing is, these people have no idea what Honeycomb is about. All they know is that 3.0 is higher than 2.2 or 2.3, so they want it.

      People need to calm down about all this. ;)

      • Mark

        So what, then, is the relationship between Honeycomb and ChromeOS, or is Google becoming such a megacorp that the divisions are starting to fight and duplicate each other like IBM or Microsoft?

      • Mark

        So what, then, is the relationship between Honeycomb and ChromeOS, or is Google becoming such a megacorp that the divisions are starting to fight and duplicate each other like IBM or Microsoft?

  • Robert

    I’d like to see T-Moble step their game up and start playing with the Men. Nearly have of the devices we have are cheap knockoffs from competitors. We keep getting the same line of shitty ass phones that look like a 10 year old designed and there is absolutely nothing fancy to them. While I desperately love T-Mobile I am really losing hope that we’ll ever get a decent line of phones or anything worth buying. Why get excited about Honeycomb when the hardware that T-Mobile puts it on is piss poor. That’s like putting a Porsche in the body of a Datsun, it’s just not the same Magenta. I feel like I’m wishing on a star, a start 10 billion light years away….

  • Robert

    I’d like to see T-Moble step their game up and start playing with the Men. Nearly have of the devices we have are cheap knockoffs from competitors. We keep getting the same line of shitty ass phones that look like a 10 year old designed and there is absolutely nothing fancy to them. While I desperately love T-Mobile I am really losing hope that we’ll ever get a decent line of phones or anything worth buying. Why get excited about Honeycomb when the hardware that T-Mobile puts it on is piss poor. That’s like putting a Porsche in the body of a Datsun, it’s just not the same Magenta. I feel like I’m wishing on a star, a start 10 billion light years away….

  • Robert

    I’d like to see T-Moble step their game up and start playing with the Men. Nearly have of the devices we have are cheap knockoffs from competitors. We keep getting the same line of shitty ass phones that look like a 10 year old designed and there is absolutely nothing fancy to them. While I desperately love T-Mobile I am really losing hope that we’ll ever get a decent line of phones or anything worth buying. Why get excited about Honeycomb when the hardware that T-Mobile puts it on is piss poor. That’s like putting a Porsche in the body of a Datsun, it’s just not the same Magenta. I feel like I’m wishing on a star, a start 10 billion light years away….

    • http://twitter.com/SlideOrDieS14 Lawrence P. Ryan III

      i would love to see them step up to the plate as far as coverage. if you are not on either coasts, you’re pretty much screwed…I know im in arkansas, but at&t and verizon and sprint all have 3g or 4g coverage where i live…its not the boonies, its still the united states!

    • http://twitter.com/SlideOrDieS14 Lawrence P. Ryan III

      i would love to see them step up to the plate as far as coverage. if you are not on either coasts, you’re pretty much screwed…I know im in arkansas, but at&t and verizon and sprint all have 3g or 4g coverage where i live…its not the boonies, its still the united states!

  • http://twitter.com/wrg25 W!LL

    Don’t forget to tune at 10:00 am to http://www.youtube.com/android for the Event………… lots of surprises

  • Matt

    Two things need to happen IMMEDIATELY with Android -
    1. Provide a way to separate custom skins from the core operating system. So that any phone that met the hardware specs would all be running the same version, with the manufacturer skins on top operating via API’s and such. I really thought this would have been addressed by now.

    2. Interface uplift. Android just isn’t pretty. Now with Palm’s user experience person heading that division for Android, I hope it changes soon.

    • Neok182

      doesn’t work like that, because android is open source, the custom skins, like Sense, Touchwiz, and Blur are built from the source. it’s not the same as just installing launcher pro onto your phone. These skins change the entire OS. so it can’t be done in any other way.

      best thing to do is for them just to get their act together on updates. HTC has done pretty good with their big phones. and samsung, well no need to say anything there.

      and as far as the interface, have you seen honeycomb?