December 7, 2010 | by Michael Heller
Andy Rubin wouldn’t let the announcement of the Nexus S and Gingerbread steal his thunder as he opened up the D: Dive into Mobile conference talking with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. After showing off new Google Maps, and talking about the competition, Andy did the unthinkable and pulled out a Motorola tablet powered by a Tegra 2 processor and running Honeycomb. At the very end of the video, Andy is asked how much the tablet would cost, but because it’s a one-of-a-kind tablet right now, he says it’s “literally, like, $10,000.”
The tablet looks to be around 9 or 10 inches, slim, black, and flat out awesome. Even with the early version of Honeycomb, you can see in the video how fast the Tegra 2 makes things. The Gmail interface is a lot like that seen on the iPad, and Rubin explains that apps will be able to run on both tablets and phones because of APIs built to create “fragments”. He gives the example of the messages list in Gmail as one “fragment” and the message itself as another. On a phone they would require a switch on screen, but on a tablet they are allowed to run side-by-side.
The homescreen UI of Honeycomb looks like it holds the same style of Android with app icons and widgets available, but because of the size of the screen, it seems more like a desktop layout, especially compared to the iPad row-of-apps-UI.
Overall, it makes me incredibly excited for Android tablets, as well as the coming Tegra 2 phones.