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Google Android has always been a part of fresher and better versions of Smartphones and tablets in the market. This week saw the launch of Motorola Xoom with and updated version 3.1 of Android. This 10-inch tablet has a bigger and higher resolution screen. It can play Flash videos and also features a USB port, which can be used to connect to keyboards, cameras, etc. These features are exclusive to Xoom and have never before been seen in any other tablet. The Xoom is also very reasonably priced, when compared to its equivalents in the market.

However Xoom has been criticized for the poor designed positioning of the power and volume buttons. Honeycomb is said to be lacking quite a few tablet apps, it is like a finished product which is unpolished, it still needs more improvement. Overall we can say that this version of Android has failed to impress the market and is contradictory to expectations.

One of the reasons for the lukewarm response to Xoom is the delayed market launch. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1V, launched last month, has taken the honor of being the first version of Android Honeycomb. All the market advantages hence went to the former, as Samsung has already developed a huge market for tablets worldwide. The Galaxy Tab really took the wind out of the launch of the Honeycomb-ed Motorola Xoom

Google Android needs to be more vigilant and scrutinize the new tablets and Smartphone devices coming up in the market more closely. This way it will be able to get more perfection and a wider market.

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For larger displays like tablets, Google decided to develop a different version of the android OS called honeycomb. My exposure with the tablet version of android came earlier this year when I first used the Motorola XOOM, it has to be said that earlier versions of Androids were better than Honeycomb. I actually found less productivity through honeycomb 3.1 than the older version of android for smart phones.

With an enormous anticipation, I came in touch with Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 which has the latest (3.1) version of honeycomb, which addresses few of the stability issues from version 3.0, my initial reaction was a mixed bag of positive and negative reactions. But people don’t get me wrong, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is one of the best tablets available on the market. The problem is with my perception of honeycomb 3.1.

Inconsistent Design

The biggest issue with honeycomb 3.1 is the design that Google has selected for larger displays. The awkward thing is its system controls distributed over four corners of a display which causes the feeling of inconsistency while in use.

A notification message and clock is on lower right corner with common android settings and functionality. However, you can only access installed applications from the upper right corner of a display, an area which has been seldom used in any kind of display. Even a Google Search tab has been established at the upper left corner which is a location choice I’d question. After this distribution, main android controls such as back button and access to home screen display is on the lower left hand side of a display.

Such a design means whenever I need to access something, I have to stop and think about which corner to access and generally ending up accessing the wrong corner which creates lots of unnecessary taping on the screen which is a sign of poor display design.

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