Tablet Wars: iPad 2 vs Android 3.0

Apple confirms iPad 2 launch event just as Google unveils Android 3.0 'Honeycomb' SDK

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

February 23, 2011

1 Min Read
Tablet Wars: iPad 2 vs Android 3.0

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) released its "Honeycomb" 3.0 Android software development kit (SDK) Wednesday just as Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) hinted that its long-rumored iPad 2 launch event will happen next week.

Twitter Inc. is buzzing with talk about the March 2 Apple launch in San Francisco. Some commentators are wondering how the iPad 2's debut will overshadow the arrival of tablets using the Android 3.0 OS.

"Apple is holding a special event next week to announce that 300+ Android tablets will be DOA this year," quips BGR's Zach Epstein on his Twitter feed.

What they say
Specifically, PC World suggests that the Pad 2 will definitely divert attention from the launch of the Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) Xoom Thursday. The Xoom is the first tablet to arrive using the tablet-specific version of the Android operating system. (See When Will Thunder Strike Verizon?) Nobody exactly knows what the specs of the iPad 2 will be yet. That hasn't stopped Wired from putting together a wish list of features for the new version of the best-selling tablet.

But if Android developers are concerned by iPad 2, it isn't showing yet. The Android developers' blog has just unveiled a parcel of new material centered around the OS.

What we say
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Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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