January 30, 2011 | by Michael Heller
I have to say up front, the guys at xda are my heroes. Regardless of how much I love Android, I am constantly amazed at what the xda guys pull off, and how quickly. The timeline goes like this:
January 26th – Google releases an early SDK for Honeycomb
January 28th – xda dev deeper-blue releases photos of Honeycomb booting on a Nook Color with no hardware acceleration
January 29th – deeper-blue releases a video of Honeycomb running on the Nook Color with hardware acceleration “more or less working”
That’s right, 3 days from SDK release to a running version on a device that was released as nothing more than an e-reader. Compare that to the fact that Gingerbread has been in the wild for about 7 weeks, and Google still hasn’t released it to the Nexus One (although Cyanogen has very stable nightlies pushing out.)
Honeycomb looks really nice in the video, even in this early stage. I certainly can’t wait to see it running on an optimized Tegra 2 device.