The good news is that the first version of Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb has been ported to an existing Android tablet. Xda-developers forum member deeper-blue combined data from the preview SDK Google released this week with a kernel for the NOOKcolor eBook reader to get the software up and running on the tablet.

The bad news is that the port is mostly a proof of concept at this point. There’s no hardware acceleration yet, and while deeper-blue did manage to get touch input to start working, he says the tablet is very slow while running Android 3.0. Hardware graphics acceleration might improve things, and he hopes to work on that this weekend.

Google hasn’t actually released the source code for Honeycomb yet, which means that while it’s possible to grab the emulator image from the SDK and do interesting things with it, the best we can really hope for at this point is buggy and slow software that can run on existing devices. Once the source code is made available, we’ll probably see fully functional ports of Honeycomb to tablets such as the NOOKcolor, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and Notion Ink Adam tablet. While the manfucturers may eventually offer their own updates, there’s an active hacker/independent developer community that will likely beat them to the punch.

via reddit

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3 replies on “Google Android Honeycomb ported to the NOOKcolor: Doesn’t really work yet”

  1. For a long time in the 2.2 era, the public thought the next iteration of Android would be 3.0. Eventually, with the release of the Galaxy Tab highlighting the need for tablet specific software, it became evident that Android would have to branch a little bit to accommodate both phones and tablets smoothly. Gingerbread was thought to be 3.0 when people thought the same versions would be put on phones and tablets.

  2. Can somebody help me out with something? Since when did Google Android 3.0 Gingerbread become 3.0 Honeycomb?

    And since when did 2.3 Honeycomb become the new Gingerbread?

    1. 2.3 is gingerbread and 3.0 is honeycomb. The easy way to keep them in order is to remember they are alphabetical. Cupcake, donut, eclaire, froyo, gingerbread, honeycomb. (Sorry if you already knew that, if so then please ignore me.)

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