Originally Posted by nvidia2008
Gatorguy, in the spirit of the new year, I would like to say keep on posting. I know I've accused you of certain things, which if incorrect, I apologise.
In any case, I think your input is pertinent. I've targeted learning iPad programming in 2012 so I won't have time to follow Android stuff but I don't want to be blindsided.
1. Can you provide insight into how close or far away the Kindle Fire is from Android 4.0? 2. When will Samsung Galaxy SII get 4.0? I know I can Google all this but your posts provide this info quite efficiently.
3. What is the state of Google's Siri competitor? Is it available as an API? If not, when?
4. What happened to Honeycomb? Seems like it was much-hyped, then it came, then now it's all about ICS. Who's actually running Honeycomb? I know it's tablet-only or something, right?
5. What are the rumours about the Galaxy S3? When will the Galaxy Tab get ICS? Is ICS only for smartphones at this stage?
Actually I feel I'm more aware of what Apple offers than Google, and certainly more in touch with some of the rumors that float around about the iOS platform. I'll take a stab at answering as best I can tho. Trust me, I have no secret inside sources so this is all stuff anyone could find on the web with a bit of research. I'm no expert.
1. I'm probably not much help with the Kindle fork. I've never used it and have no Kindle devices. I have read there are "jailbroken" Fire's using ICS and with access to the Android Market.
AFAIK, Amazon simply built on top of (probably) Gingerbread, much like Samsung (Touchwiz) built on top of stock Android versions. Amazon just got more serious about it, even redirecting search results to an Amazon landing rather than Google. They've caught a lot of flack for that and reportedly ceasing after several privacy concerns were lodged. I haven't seen anything anywhere that would indicate Amazon couldn't
use ICS if they wanted to. The source code is already released by Google, and even Apple could make use of it if they wished. I haven't seen anyone indicate that Amazon themselves would benefit from ICS tho, particularly with the work required to change the OS from the current.
2. Samsung announced only "the first quarter of 2012", so it could be as late as March.
3. There's been nothing official published or announced on a Siri competitor AFAIK so I don't imagine there are API's available.
4. As you mentioned, Honeycomb was intended as a bridge OS for tablets until ICS was finished. Samsung, Motorola, Toshiba and others wanted an OS more appropriate for their tablet plans but didn't have the patience to wait for Google to complete Android 4.0. In any case that source code was released around the same time as ICS, so it's now available if anyone felt the need to use it. With that now mentioned, there was a rumor that Samsung would use Honeycomb to cull specific features to upgrade their old original Galaxy S via a "value pack". One developer wrote that Google doesn't permit ICS to be offered in pieces, it's an either/or. Si it could be surmised that the only way for Samsung to avoid removing Touchwiz altogether is to use an old Android version to pull features from. Honeycomb would be kinda/sorta close to ICS in some areas I guess. Whether Samsung really has any plans to do such I have no idea.
5. There's all kinds of rumors about what the S3 will offer, just as there is for some Apple products. Some of those that claim they're in the know say it will be be announced at MWC in a few weeks and include ICS (of course)a quadcore Exynos processor of their own design (of course again), true 720P Super-Amoled display (the one without Pentile
), a 12MP main camera and a fairly tight integration with 3D, including interconnectivity with 3D smart-tv's. That last part is kind of interesting in light of a Google patent app early this year for accessing TV search and control functions via voice (think Siri/Apple TV), perhaps using Android-compatible devices like a smartphone.
I don't think anything has changed about ICS being used for both tablets and phones. Perhaps they won't get serious about that until the Medfield tablets start shipping. I don't know.
Anyway, that's all I've got, but perhaps it's helped at least a little bit.