Android Honeycomb Tablet OS is official. This does not suck!

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  1. DaveF

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    Interesting. After using the iphone's keyboard for six months, I'd appreciate some improvements on predictive keyboards. It's good, but I still have some problems. Maybe this stuff will flow through the greater mobile ecosystem and help us all.
     
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    Since Google bought BlindType (to be used on Android), it may well take a good deal longer than usual for it (or something just like it) to flow over into the iOS environment.


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    Technically, Dave, BlindType isn't predictive text as you actually need to type out all the letters in the word for the algorithm to select the word you're trying to type. Predictive text as it exists today tries to guess what word you're going for with the fewest letters possible.


    The trick in BlindType is that it tracks the points in space where you are typing to figure out what letters you were trying to hit against a word dictionary. Presumably, this can be adapted to any language that uses the QWERTY keyboard since it's just a matter of changing the dictionary underneath. Unlike most predictive text keyboard that spell correct at the same time, if you misspell the word in BlindType, it won't match.


    The most intriguing part of the demo is inputting characters with BlindType with an invisible keyboard. Now you don't have to up half the screen with a virtual keyboard. And if you can do that, you can type without even looking at the keyboard.
     
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    A rising tide lifts all boats :) Good clarification on the BlindType usage.
     
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    Oh well... I guess you didn't click on that link (for 2012) and/or haven't seen/heard of the movie...


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    http://ces.cnet.com/best-of-ces/


    I find it disappointing that Best of Show goes to a device that is nothing more than monitor playing a pre-recorded video. That is: Xoom's demo unit won the CES top award.


    I'm still hoping someone can say otherwise: that Motorola is showing a real system with a real OS that actually peforms as demo'd. But the bits I've heard, mainly from TWiT reports, continue to be it was Look-but-don't-Touch demo reel.
     
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    http://m.engadget.com/default/article.do?artUrl=http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/21/motorola-xoom-priced-at-800-at-a-minimum-according-to-verizon/&category=classic&icid=eng_latest_art Engadget claims Moto Xoom will sell for $800 at Verizon. If it's entry price is 60% more than the iPad, it's not long for this world. Fingers crossed the first real Android tablet is at price parity with the iPad.
     
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    I wouldn't be so quick to write it off based on cost alone. The Galaxy Tab wasn't priced competitively, and it sold pretty well. If the Xoom can pull out one more killer feature it could still hold a lot of appeal regardless of price. And also consider that while the $800 price point isn't competitive with the current iPad, it may be in line with iPad 2 pricing.
     
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    I don't see Apple raising the iPad's price by $300. History strongly suggests the new iPad will be priced just like the current one.


    Engadget's rumor might be wrong. Or the Xoom might have only one $800 tablet, but it's comparable to the $829 iPad. Or there are non-Verizon models priced cheaper.


    The Xoom isn't for sale yet -- no one's actually even seen a working model yet -- so there's not much to say about it. :)
     
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    The Galaxy tab is the only non apple produced alternative. For those who hate apple what else are they going to buy? How many did they sell through, not just ship to vendors?


    I'm going to go out on a limb and bet the iPad wifi only model drops $50 for comparably specced models this year. And I bet the iPad 1 stays in the for sale mix well into the iPad 2s life too.
     
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    Yep. I'd bet we see see iPad 1, 16 GB, wifi for $399, and then the iPad 2 starting at $499.
     
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    Toshiba Tablet promotion

    http://thetoshibatablet.com/


    (Snark-a-riffic if you visit from an iPad. [and simply blank if you run Flashblock]

    http://mobilized.allthingsd.com/20110121/take-that-cupertino-toshiba-flashes-insults-at-apple-in-teaser-site-for-its-android-tablet/

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    Also a 10" widescreen, like the Xoom. Are there going to be any 4:3 Android tablets?


    A widescreen 10" will be great for watching TV/movies, better than a 10" 4:3 screen. But how does it compare for everything else? (I'm still not wholly convinced that the move to widescreen monitors for computers was the best thing to happen.)
     
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    I am. It's a lot closer to the natural human binocular viewing "angle" than 4:3, and there's enough room to view ap air of side by side 8:9-ish items.


    I have a pair of monitorsa, 1 16:10 and 1 4:3 for my main computer. The wide one works much better as the primary monitor.
     
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    Pics! And SDK!

    http://gizmodo.com/5744233/screenshot-tour-of-android-30-honeycomb-built-for-tablets


    http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2011/01/android-30-platform-preview-and-updated.html


    http://www.businessinsider.com/android-honeycomb-2011-1


    http://www.electronista.com/articles/11/01/26/android.30.preview.sdk.posted.hints.new.features/


    http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/26/android-3-0-honeycomb-preview-emulator-hands-on/


    http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/38149/google-honeycomb-sdk-preview-live
     
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    The vision:

    http://mobilized.allthingsd.com/20110201/exclusive-googles-android-design-expert-outlines-the-vision-behind-honeycomb/
     
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    Keynote is going on right now:

    http://www.youtube.com/android


    Marketplace is live. Buy on the web and it immediately begins downloading on your device. Nice, almost magical!

    http://market.android.com/
     
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    Hands on:

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/02/android-honeycomb-motorola-xoom-hands-ons-widgets-grocery-iq/
     
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    Even longer tour

    http://venturebeat.com/2011/02/02/honeycomb-up-close-with-googles-android-3-0-for-tablets-video/
     

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