So, this is weird.
The Galaxy Tabs all Google IO attendees were given last week aren’t recognized as file volumes when connected to a computer.
I heard about this first from Matt (@topperge), and initially thought it was simply the odd requirement for a transfer utility between Honeycomb and OS X.
Not so much. The Samsung Honeycomb variant seems to lack the USB device connection management option common to other Android versions. Typically, when you connect an Android device via USB, you’re offered the option to share its sdcard filesystem, which is a great way to transfer files between your computer and phone.
That doesn’t mean you can’t transfer files though. If you have the Android SDK, you can use adb to push files, which was the method used to establish root last week.
I never tested this on the XOOM. Maybe someone can comment, ahem Chet(@oraclenerd).
Anyway, this is an odd omission for the Tabs, considering the audience, and also an oddity about Honeycomb, i.e. requiring a utility to mount the filesystem.
I wonder what this means for Honeycomb and the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android. Does it signal a tightening of the filesystem to protect the devices from rooting and modding?
If so, that won’t end well. Even a tightly-secured filesystem like iOS can’t be protected from enthusiastic hackers.
I realize that last sentence may sound like gibberish. If so, nothing to see here.