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Qualcomm shows off Snapdragon-powered ICS tablet

Users can hopefully expect Snapdragon tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich sometime 2012

Nvidia isn’t the only manufacturer powering Ice Cream Sandwich tablets.

Qualcomm had apparently taken its time at a show with Engadget last month to show off its development platform, called Liquid, in a demonstration Snapdragon S4 tablet. That tablet has now been upgraded to Android 4.0.1, but the source stresses that it is still in its testing phase.

The Android code is currently under an optimization process for the Snapdragon tablet for a hopeful spring time launch of Android tablets powered by the Qualcomm processors.

The community has been attempting to port Android to the Snapdragon series as well. The HP TouchPad launched with the 1.2GHz Snapdragon S3 APQ8060 CPU and coders have been attempting to port a fully functioning version of Android to the device ever since its fire sale in August.

However, we can expect official ICS tablets running under Qualcomm CPUs by 2012 if all moves as planned.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-12-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)