There is, officially, no shortage of third-party browsers available for Honeycomb, each of which seems to have carved out a niche for itself with unique features and services. Heck, even the stock Honeycomb browser is pretty damn good.
The thing is, though, that none of them offer up a really unique way of doing things. Each browser leans on one of two sides: they either follow the PC (stock Honeycomb browser, Dolphin Browser HD) or they go the way of the iPad – pre iOS 5 of course (Opera Mobile).
But then along comes Firefox, offering something fresh, something new. Firefox, as I’m sure you all know (if not, why are you even here?), is a major contender in the PC market, offering one of the most robust browsers out there. Their Android app, however, has failed to gain the same traction. Their Honeycomb app will most definitely change that. …
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Note: Root access required
Honeycomb has its fair share of handy office suites, ranging from the simple to the complex, but none seem to be able to compete with Polaris Office.
The thing is, though, that Polaris Office is bundled by OEMs at launch on tablets like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, and as such the app is not available to download.
But fret not, this post will set things straight. The ever-so-resourceful folks over at XDA have managed to extract the Polaris Office apk and files from the Transformer’s Honeycomb build, making them available to all for download.
Note: Root access required
1) Download and extract the .zip file attached below and transfer the files to your Honeycomb tablet.
2) Install the Polaris Office apk BUT DO NOT OPEN IT.
3) Using Root Explorer (or any file manager with root access) copy the two .lib files to /system/lib
4) Open the Polaris Office app. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: Techno Speak is not responsible for any damage done to your device. Rooting will void your warranty, proceed at your own discretion.
Download: Polaris Office
So a guy goes ahead and orders a Nexus S from ebay, right? Well, he gets the phone, plus a little something extra to the side. You see, this particular Nexus S did not have Gingerbread installed. Not Froyo either, perhaps as some cruel joke. This Nexus S had Ice Cream Sandwich. A little too good to be true? Perhaps, but it seems too grand a prank to pull.
Anyway, it seems to be an early build and from the settings this particular build is the same as that we saw leaked in photos a few months back. The UI really does look like a cross between Gingerbread and Honeycomb, with some cool neon blue highlights and redesigned icons. The task switcher looks cool too, but seems to be a little TOO Honeycomb-like. It just seems added on, and there are apps out there that can pull off the same trick. Take a look at the video yourselves after the break. …
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Things seem to be going well for Google’s development team as their latest iteration of Android is on track for that Q4 release date promised four months ago. Rather surprisingly, given the excitement for ICS, only four screenshots have been leaked which don’t really show much in terms of fresh UI. Even these screens, upon closer examination seem to be fake as some key elements from the UI are taken straight from Cyanogenmod and one of its many themes. You can read more about the leaks here.
We still have no idea of what’s coming other than that Ice Cream Sandwich shall unite elements from Gingerbread and Honeycomb together in a one size fits all OS. ICS should also have special dev tools which will allow them to scale their apps for different screen sizes, resulting in little or no different between tablet and smartphone versions.
The oft rumoured and lusted over HTC Puccini Honeycomb tablet has finally been announced, at least on the Yanks’ side of the pond, as the Jetstream. To be honest, the specs look good but we can’t help but feel that this has come too late. Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich is just round the corner, but we’ll go into that at the end of this post.
The Jetstream is quite the looker and seems to be a blend of Motorola Xoom and HTC Flyer. It has a 10.1″ display of 1280×800 resolution with a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm CPU purring away underneath as it powers Honeycomb 3.1 with HTC’s Sense layer on top. The Jetstream also supports the Flyer’s Scribe technology and a stylus will be included in the package for a limited time only. The device also supports AT&T’s 4G and 3G bands along with the customary wifi.
No word yet on European availability, indeed we were expecting a reveal in tonight’s event, but it shouldn’t be too long now. As we said in the beginning this is running Android 3.1, not even 3.2, and will probably make it to market in the rest of the world around the time when quad core, Kal El toting Ice Cream Sandwich tablets will be announced. AT&T’s pricing also doesn’t help, it’s available from $699 WITH a 2 year contract. We’ll just wait and hope that an ICS update won’t take too long to push out.
As you techies out there may have heard, there is a war being fought RIGHT NOW. Right beneath our feet. It’s a dirty war, with men and women loyal to opposing causes flinging themselves against each other in this bloody battle. Some, myself included, agree that Samsung is “infringing” on Apple’s designs. Yes, I have been talking about the Samsung vs Apple patent suit. Others see the case differently, arguing that there are only so many ways to design a tablet. It seems the designers of the Motorola Xoom didn’t get the memo. Neither did the designers of Asus’ Transformer. But I digress.
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On the 1st of August Sony Ericsson announced that the international roll out of the Gingerbread update for its 2010 flagship, the Xperia X10. Yet, so far, progress seems to be painfully slow. Indeed the evidence suggests that the roll out has stopped altogether. Sony Ericsson’s Facebook page is nothing short of chaos with people posting all kinds of wild rumours and crazy assurances. We just don’t know who to trust and Sony’s, quite suspiciously is keeping mum on the subject.
Our own Zach Galea has been eagerly awaiting the update since the early months of 2011, but now all he feels is anger and frustration. 2011 has most definitely not been Sony’s best year. First came the update fiasco with the above mentioned X10 and the entire 2010 line up, whereby Sony announced that no device will go beyond Eclair and even having the guts to say that their version of Clair was “as good as if not better than 2.2 [Froyo]”. Next came the PSN hacking, though that doesn’t really tie in with their smartphones. Their current flagship, the Arc, svelte as it is, has fallen behind its dual core brethren and many loyal users are doubting their faith. 2012 promises to be better, with the Vita supposedly shipping to the US and European markets as well as two new and quite unique Honeycomb tablets, the S1 and the S2.
Unfortunately only time will tell if their update schedule improves or not.