Google starts update its own devices to latest version of OS Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s among Nexus 7 (both version 2012 and 2013, but only Wi-Fi models) and the Nexus 10. Followed by Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 3G.
The new operating system comes with many improvements, so you probably eagerly waiting if you have one of these tablets. You can wait the automatic notification, but you can check also from settings if you can download already. After installation you will immediately notice a better performance of Android 4.4 KitKat.
Not only receiving device Google Android 4.4 sites KitKat. In the next period, several models from Samsung, HTC and Sony and they will be updated with new software.
Marvell has recently announced the first 1.5 GHz tri-core processor to deliver Dual Stream 1080p 3D Video and 3D graphics performance not only for smartphones but also for tablets.
Its name is Marvell ARMADA 628 and incorporates a full System-on-a-Chip design (SoC) with a lot of advanced processing and power management features.
“Marvell has once again set the benchmark for the rest of the industry with the world’s first 1.5 GHz tri-core processor, delivering dual stream 1080p 3D video and 3D graphics performance with quad unified shaders for 200 million triangles per second delivered on ultra-low-power, long battery life smartphones and tablets,“, said Weili Dai, Marvell Co-founder.
The ARMADA 628 will be the first mobile CPU to deliver USB 3.0 connectivity, which offers 10x faster performance than USB 2.0. Also, it supports DirectX, Open GL ES 2.0, and Open VG 1.1 to allow a complete compatibility with the best mobile game titles. Speaking about OS, it’s capable to support Android, RIM, Linux and Windows Mobile.
ARMADA 628 is available for the moment only for sampling to customers. If you want to find more information about this new processor go to Marvell.com.
Google affirmed recently that it may not allow all tablet manufacturers to add the Android Market app store to their Android tablets.
The company is preparing to release the expected Android 3.0 Gingerbread that should be a tablet-optimized version of Android OS. The next optimized OS for tablets that has a place on the list will be the Android 3.5 Honeycomb, which could arrive in the second quarter of 2011.
One example of tablet that runs the Android OS is the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which will be upgraded to Android 3.0 Gingerbread later this year.
“But the way Android Market works is it’s not going to be available on devices that don’t allow applications to run correctly.Which devices do, and which don’t will be unit specific, but Froyo is not optimized for use on tablets,” Hugo Barra declared
To be sure the user experience on Android devices is the best, Google created a Compatibility Test Suite for handset manufacturers to ensure that devices will fit any criteria. Only if the device will pass this test, it will have access to Android Market.
“We’re concerned that users will get a good experience at the end of the day. You can have Android Market if it leads to a good implementation. We have to make sure that every device meets the criteria for a good experience for Android Market,” Hugo said.
Update: Are you curious what is the criteria Google requires for a tablet to install the Android Market? because we found out
The minimum requirements are an accelerometer, Wi-Fi, and phone capabilities. That’s why the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Dell Streak both have Android Market access and other tablets like Archos 101 and Augen GenTouch78 don’t.
A new generation of Android chip is set to come from Rockchip, the RK2818 for tablets and mobile phones. The RK2818 chip will support Android 2.1 devices and allow 720 HD video recording, Flash, and HTML5 Video.
It features 660 MHz ARM, DSP, and GPU three-core processor, support up to 512MB RAM, and 800×480, 800×600, 1024×600 screen resolution and 3G module integrated to allow 3G connectivity (TD-SCDMA, WCDMA, CDMA2000 EVDO).
We dont know yet which are the Android 2.1 devices that will be running this chip but we will find out very soon and update this post.