What Notion Ink has done last year is really amazing – introduced and flaunting a “dream tablet” that runs on a customized Android version and then bringing it to the market in reality. That’s quite a crazy story, but even with the latest software hitch fiasco, it seems that Notion Ink is bent on making a mark, as they are now making Honeycomb for the Adam tablet.
The release date for the recent version of Android OS for Adam is yet to be announced, but as the developers have just had access to an old version of the SDK, it could be months rather than weeks. What would be worth watching is – how does Notion Ink plan to handle this new Honeycomb UI because it is way too different from their customary Ede UI on top on Android 2.2? Many doubt that they would be disposing of their “baby” UI for the new Honeycomb experience. But, how much are they willing to change to make Honeycomb work with Eden?
Perhaps we will find out in a few months time, what according to Notion Ink, the Honeycomb feel and look will be like for Adam. And some expect that they will replace most of it, if not the entire Honeycomb interface.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb Emulator to Offer Crude Smartphone Support Translation Companies UK
Are you worried as to which Android version your handset would have after the Gingerbread 2.3 version? Well, if you were thinking that Honeycomb is just for dual-core tablets then it seems that the evidence proves otherwise. After digging up the Honeycomb SDK preview released a while ago, Engadget and others have reported that it may also have UI support for crude smartphones.
The Android SDK is equipped with a built-in Android device emulator, which would let the developers create various device emulators of different sizes as well as hardware controls such as trackpads or full keyboards. This in turn would let them test the apps on the various hardware configurations and screen sizes. The default size for creating an emulator having Android 3.0 SDK tools is “tabletish” – about 1280X768 WXGA. If you opt for WVGA resolution instead, you get a launcher similar to the one that is shipped with stock Android. Then, Engadget replaced this stock launcher with LauncherPro making everything run smoothly, thereby tricking the tablet OS to be squeezed to smartphone size.
This UI is far from perfect and lacks Gingerbread’s dark styling, but it does make us think whether Honeycomb would be available for smartphones also. Honeycomb might as well be a “hybrid” operating system.