Google Officially Introduces Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), Tailors It For Tablet Use

Well, it's not like Google had an awful lot to hide, but at least it's official now. The world has been wondering what exactly the future of Android would hold, and with Mobile World Congress around the corner, everyone was expecting an announcement by mid-February at the latest. Turns out Google let us in on a secret earlier than expected, by holding their own Android Event today on the West Coast. Honeycomb was officially announced today, and while some have wondered if Android 2.4 would be Honeycomb, it's now confirmed that Android 3.0 will be the version to hold that label.

The new version of the operating system was introduced alongside of the new Android Market Website, which also opened up today. Android 3.0 has been "completely redesigned," with interactive notifications and widgets, improved multi-tasking, and the latest and greatest Google Mobile services optimized for tablets. That's an important clarification. There had been rumors for some time now that Android 3.0 would be tailored for tablets, and that is indeed the case. This also is important for potential tablet buyers; if you're in the market for an Android 2.2 tablet (like the Galaxy Tab), we'd now recommend holding off until Honeycomb takes the stage. Tablets aren't cheap, and you'd probably rather have one with a version of Android that is specifically built to work well on larger, touch-based displays.

Google also took the opportunity to showcase 17 beta apps for Honeycomb, including software from Quickoffice, TouchType, Time Magazine, Zynga, Weatherbug and Google Body. The company is promising more details at MWC later this month in Spain, and hopefully a whole slew of Android 3.0 devices will be there on display. The future of Android has arrived; now, will Apple raise the ante once more if/when they introduce a new iPhone this summer? Got to love that competition!
Via:  Google Blog
Drake_McNasty 3 years ago

It's about time, finally some real competition for the ipad. And Google is putting a lot of effort into the android market which is the next step. As far as the future of apple and the ipad...they will add a camera and add/remove a button somewhere and all of the sheep will flock to the store as they usually do.

Dave_HH 3 years ago

Honeycomb is going to BRING IT. And we're ready here for it that's for sure. Now we have solid competition for Apple and competition is always a great thing.

coolice 3 years ago

Finally! I've always been sceptic of Android powered tablets... simply because after using 1.6 - 2.2 on didnt seem tablet worth.

Looks pretty cool though. I'm hoping the prices arent going to be extravegent. That being said, i'd still light years away from even considering purchasing a tablet. Like before, and its probably my wallet speaking for me here, i still cant justify spending ~700 on a device, like the xoom... simple because i dont see where i can personally integrate a tablet in my life.... Just a poor students two cents.

coolice 3 years ago

i just remembered, we've not even considered the blackberry tablet into consideration. its like no one cares.... a business tablet haha.

Teerwik 3 years ago

The Tablet is features and style is one to desire indeed

inspector 3 years ago

Im not looking forward for any tablets, and as your mentioned blackberry tablets im just waiting for that android blackberry :)

rapid1 3 years ago

The web store site looks pretty cool to I went and checked it out earlier.

rapid1 3 years ago

I do agree with coolice on the blackberry issue, that pad they were showing off at CES seemed to be very worthy to me, but you hear way more about the zoom etc, although to me they seemed to be the only directly competing slates units at least in capabilities I saw.

rapid1 3 years ago

Not to mention that is out of the hundred or so that were shown at CES.

infinityzen1 3 years ago

So this begs the question for ROMs. Will there be 3.0 ROMs coming out in the near future for phones, the same as 2.3 ones are creeping towards release? Is there anything that 3.0 provides that would be useful on a phone?

acarzt 3 years ago

The interface feels claustraphobic to me. Like the tiles are surrounding me... I don't particularly like that... If I can flatten them out, that would be preferable.

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