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June 16, 2011

Tablets Push Personal Cloud While Honeycomb Struggle Continues

While Android tablets continue to enter the market dominated by Apple’s iPad, tablet makers are still struggling with Honeycomb implementation, reports Android Apps site appolicious. Hence, they are not as desirable as iPad.

For instance, the appolicious report cites recently announced HTC EVO View 4G tablet as a good example. It comes with many good features, such as a 7-inch touch screen, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor and latest version of HTC Sense, but is powered with an Android 2.3 operating system (Gingerbread). Hence, according to appolicious reporter Kristen Nicole, the HTC EVO View 4G does not go far beyond smartphone capabilities. Sprint plans to offer this device as part of its 4G service later this month

As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. Sprint also ranks as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, during the last three years. Sprint currently offers 4G service in 71 markets, in over 28 states.

However, the reporter highlighted an interesting feature of the new HTC tablet, the N-Trig pen input option, an attractive feature for business professionals. According to Nicole, the View 4G tablet will be later updated to Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Meanwhile, Asian computer giant is also readying its Honeycomb powered Android slate complete with a 10-inch screen.

In addition, in this report, the writer credits tablets for driving the personal cloud trend, wherein it serves as useful portals to content stored virtually. According to Nicole, Google recognized this trend early on, and has instilled several personal cloud attributes throughout its Android platform. Spreading that cloud support to other operating systems and devices, however, can be a more extensive task, wrote Nicole.

Google Sync for the iPhone and iPad received three new updates this week, including the option to search all your messages in Gmail, not just those stored locally by the iOS mail app. Also, wrote Kristen, Sony’s further expanding its personal cloud accessibility with Music Unlimited. The digital music service, powered by Qriocity, lets you stream millions of songs to supported Sony devices, as well as the Android phone. It’s competing with subscription services like Rhapsody, and emerging cloud lockers such as Amazon, Apple, and even Google.

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Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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