[CALUG] Android versions

Bryan J Smith b.j.smith at ieee.org
Mon Oct 10 01:46:02 EDT 2011

There will be Android 3.x Smartphones.  The early SDKs and foci were on Tablets, because 2.x was not really designed well for tablets and larger screens.  But 3.x is definitely not a tablet-only series.  Google is also asserting a heafty number of hardware and other requirements for Smartphones running 3.x, to guarantee minimum experience levels.  Such was not the case in 2.x.

From: Rajiv Gunja <opn.src.rocks at gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 9, 2011 11:06 PM

Android 2.x was released to all phone manufacturers as open source and many companies started putting that OS on tablets, which it was not meant for. This created a bad representation of Android against Apple, as it was looked upon as immature and some even went to say that Android was insecure.

So Google, released Honeycomb, 3.x which was designed only for tablets and made sure that applications which would not work on tablets namely large screens, could not be installed on that OS.

The difference between the OS is the interface and how the OS is used, namely the status bar, task list, setup control, etc.

If you are planning to buy a tablet, I would suggest go with 3.x, as it is designed for a tablet.

I have a samsung galaxy tab 10.1 and it runs 3.1. Acer and other manufacturers have already moved on to 3.2.
If you are looking at Archos, wait for the 8.9" to come out before you invest in the 10.1" (G9) 
Archos is way cheaper than Samsung, but they also have an option of buying a tablet with 250 GB SSD.

Rajiv G Gunja
Blog: http://ossrocks.blogspot.com

On Sun, Oct 9, 2011 at 17:33, Walt Smith <waltechmail at yahoo.com> wrote:

>Just wondering if anyone was familiar with the
>Android market ... specifically the version usage.
>This is strictly a curiosity Q.
>I've seen advertisements from some of the more inexpensive
>"pad"/small tablet makers that look like new products
>at low prices.   Many seemingly new advertise Android say, 2.2
>vs a 3.1 thats reaching the market.
>Are makers actually introducing new product with a much "older"
>Android version ? If so, why? And what is the difference between
>Android 2.x and 3.x, other than ( speculating ) "newer" hardware ?
>I would assume there is also better software functionality, but why
>aren't the cheaper tablets/pads using later SW?
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