Update: Good news everyone. It looks like NVIDIA is not dropping support for older Android tablets that were based on earlier Tegra 2 designs. The company will continue to make its code and drivers available for the ViewSonic G-Tablet, Notion Ink Adam, and other older Tegra 2-based devices. All that’s changed is that NVIDIA planned to phase out support for older development kits, but responding to the public outcry NVIDIA is clarifying that it will also work with owners of that older development kit on a case by case basis.
Specifically, an NVIDIA rep says the company will be reaching out to open source ROM makers to offer their support.
via Android Police
Original Post: Almost every Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet expected to launch in the first half of the year comes with a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core chip. But not all Tegra 2 device is the same. The latest Tegra 2 platform is code-named Ventana, but earlier models known as Betelgeuse and Harmony power older tablets including the ViewSonic G-Tablet, Toshiba Folio 100, and Notion Ink Adam tablet. And it turns out that NVIDIA doesn’t plan to release any new Android drivers for those older devices.
That means that while it may be possible to port Android 3.0 Honeycomb to run on those devices once the source code is available, you probably won’t see hardware video acceleration.
In other words, it’s unlikely that Toshiba, ViewSonic, or other companies, will ever offer official Honeycomb updates for these tablets. Notion Ink has promised to use Android 3.0 features in the Adam tablet, but since Notion Ink has developed its own custom version of Android, I wouldn’t be surprised if the company keeps the Android 2.2 drivers and just adds the Honeycomb features that make sense.
The decision will have no impact on newer devices such as the Motorola XOOM or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. But if you jumped on the Tegra 2 tablet bandwagon early, it looks like you may be stuck with older software.
via Reg Hardware
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