Beloved by hobbyists, “organic” open-source software enthusiasts and just about every one of Apple’s competitors, Google’s Android operating system gives companies like Samsung and HTC the tools to compete with the iPhone and iPad. So what Android smartphones, tablets and other gadgets are coming in early 2011?
The Sony PlayStation Phone
It’s a smartphone, it’s a game console, it’s some kinda whacked-out Android gadget that looks like a PSP Go! The Engadget preview reports that it will run Android 3.0 Gingerbread, and will have basically high-end specs for a large-sized Android phone, plus a slide-out control pad with what look like multitouch-style analog sensors. It also reports that the PlayStation Phone will have access to “a custom Sony Marketplace.” No word yet that I can see on whether or not it will run any of the games currently on the PlayStation Network!
LG and HTC Android tablets
While Samsung has already released the Samsung Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch Android tablet, Google reports that the current version of Android, Froyo, “is just not designed for that form factor.” In other words, Android isn’t really meant to be running on tablets just yet.
LG, however, has apparently confirmed that they’re planning on shipping an Android tablet running a version called Honeycomb, which they say will be more tablet-optimized. The company is officially not saying anything yet, but Engadget reports they “pulled a tweet about this story, ostensibly to cover their tracks.” They also say it will come with a dual-core processor, and an 8.9 inch screen.
HTC, meanwhile — who in my opinion make much classier Android smartphones — has not confirmed anything yet either, but are widely rumored to be working on an Android 3.0 tablet of their own. Speaking of rumors, though, the HTC Android tablet may have been delayed until later in 2011 … so don’t hold your breath waiting for this Android gadget.
Dell Android smartphones
Dell’s not exactly known for making smartphones, but early in 2011 they’re supposedly releasing the Dell Smoke and the Dell Flash, two smartphones running Android Froyo! Both are extremely thin and sleek Android gadgets, from the looks of the widely-leaked photos.
The Dell Flash resembles “curved glass,” white with silver accents, and will feature high-end specs plus a TV-out port. Meanwhile, the Dell Smoke is an extremely long, thin Android smartphone, with a full-sized screen plus a BlackBerry-style keyboard beneath. It’s reportedly targetted at a corporate audience, which I imagine are the kind of people who would appreciate the writing in their brochure. (” … makes you even more efficient in communicating and responding to your friends or colleagues”!)
Did I leave out the early-2011 Android gadget you were most looking forward to? Scroll down and leave a comment … and whatever it is, I hope you have fun with it!