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