Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

It’s the Experience, Stupid

From This Is My Next’s hands-on with the new Galaxy Tab 10.1:

Google’s handing out Samsung’s brand new Honeycomb-powered Galaxy Tab 10.1 like candy here at I/O 2011 today, a tablet that’s slated for general availability early next month. […] A quick glance at the app drawer reveals a fairly stock load, too, though there’s an early build of Samsung Apps (currently loaded with nothing but garbage test content), Samsung’s Music Hub app (which we couldn’t get to open without throwing an error), […]

From the Honeycomb 3.1 announcement:

Android 3.1 tablets will support “a ridiculous number of input devices” and they even showed an Xbox 360 controller hooked up to a tablet, although it didn’t seem to work.

And the official screenshot released with the announcement (check out the icons and text vs. the light background):

Also, Google announced a coalition of companies to try to address the Android orphan device/fragmentation/lack of updates issue:

Of course, we’re aslo curious about a few things: do these partners get early access to Android source, which has been the source of some controversy in recent months? If so, where does that leave companies like Dell, which is notably absent from the list? And exactly how many updates are required in that 18-month period? Every update Google releases, or just major ones? We’ll look for more answers and let you know what we find out.

We just asked Andy Rubin how the 18-month update commitment will work in light of every manufacturer’s customizations […]. They’re “actively thinking it out right now” with the partners that have been announced — they’ve been “tasked with figuring out how to make it work.”

All this is just from today. Google held a massive conference where they showed off new products, yet they’re broken, in-progress, coming soon or buggy.

It’s the experience, stupid.