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. …
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
Google have just finalised the purchase of Motorola’s newly founded Mobility unit, the division in charge of creating the highly successful Droid line up for Verizon and for bringing into existence the Xoom, Honeycomb’s launch device.
Now, what we’ve got to see is that Motorola was one of the very Android OEM’s that stuck to the platform and did not participate in Microsoft’s Windows Phone reboot. Ultimately their loyalty seems to have worked out as Google purchased the company for $12.5 billion thus giving them a solid hardware platform for their own dedicated devices, so far the Nexus range.
The news has been welcomed by Google’s partners who see this as an opportunity to revitalise the eco-system and bring about a fresh perspective to Android hardware. What does this mean for us? Google will now be designing and manufacturing their own devices, not just one a year we assume, thus resulting in quicker updates for current Motorola owners and the Android ecosystem in general. All in all good news.
UPDATE: Google’s acquired over 17,000 patents from this purchase. These patent wars are going to get hotter!
And here they are! Round about two months ahead of launch we have our first glimpse of Ice Cream Sandwich. These leaked images come from a T-Mobile Samsung Nexus S. From what we can see Ice Cream (short for Ice Cream Sandwich from now on) ditches Gingerbread’s black for a dark and rather AMOLED-unfriendly blue. It also seems o be an evolution of Honeycomb in this aspect, with the holographic design cues more having a more mature, modern and coherent form. Much of the images is blacked out, but the source did give some extra info about what Ice Cream Sandwich shall entail. Read on past the break for more info.
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.