Android Honeycomb : All info about Google’s Tablet OS

Google’s new Android Honeycomb OS will action a accomplished new affectionate of book experience. Here’s the annual on what it’s all about and what it’ll accompany to the table.

Google took the wraps off Android Honeycomb, the latest edition of its mobile OS, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week. So why serve up another new version when the last one, Android Gingerbread, is barely out of the oven? It’s elementary: Unlike Gingerbread, Honeycomb isn’t made for your phone.

Google’s Android operating system is about to receive a lot bigger — literally.

Honeycomb, as Google explains it, is “built entirely for tablet.” It’ll appear on devices like Motorola’s Xoom Android tablet and a slew of other products set to launch soon. Make no mistake about it: The Android tablet army is here, and it’s ready to do battle.

Think of Honeycomb as the tablets’ secret weapon. Here’s the lowdown on what it’s all about and what it’ll bring to the table.
Android Honeycomb: The Interface

The first thing you notice about Honeycomb is that it’s a whole new experience from the Android we’ve come to know. The software was “designed from the ground up,” Google says, with a focus on delivering an enhanced version of Android made specifically for large-form devices.

Honeycomb features a revamped interface Google engineers report as “truly virtual and holographic.” instead of hardware buttons, the software features an on-screen navigation bar that appears at the bottom of the display, irrespective of which way you orient the device. elementary multitasking and customization take middle stage. And the home screen itself takes on a different look from earlier smartphone-focused Android releases.

One query currently unanswered is how Honeycomb’s robust interface will affect Android battery life. So far, things sound promising: Motorola, for its part, says its Xoom tablet can provide 10 hours of video playback on a single charge. Until a few of these units are accessible to be tested out in the wild, though, it’s difficult to say what real-world performance will be like.

The updated appearance is partially due to the prominence of new punched-up widgets, redesigned for a more interactive experience: you can scroll through your inbox with the new Gmail widget, for example, or browse through your upcoming appointments with the updated calendar widget. Honeycomb can also create a custom widget for any person in your contact list; one time on your home screen, it displays a comprehensive stream of updates and activity for that person on all of the services where the two of you’re connected.

This video, put together by T-Mobile to help promote its upcoming LG G-Slate Honeycomb tablet, does a nice job showing the new interface in action:

Apps in Honeycomb will be able to take full advantage of the tablet display size by expanding into multiple panes that show up side-by-side on your screen. In the new Gmail app, for example, you can pull up individual messages while keeping an active view of your inbox on-screen at the same time. Other programs will be able to utilize the multiple pane concept on their own terms, as each developer sees fit.

Check out this clip to see how it’ll look:

Android Honeycomb: The Browser

Android’s stock browser gets a serious upgrade in Honeycomb. The app gains the ability to handle multiple tabs, automatic form-filling, private browsing, and Chrome-based bookmark syncing. you can also access a scrollable list of your bookmarks right from your home screen, thanks to the included Honeycomb browser widget. All together, the updated browser will definitely rival the functionalities offered by the various third-party options in the Android Market.

Click play and see for yourself:

Android Honeycomb: Everything Else

there’s countless other nuances to the new Honeycomb OS, including a redesigned YouTube interface & a tablet-optimized version of Google’s eBooks marketplace. This final video, produced by Google, shows a quantity of these features as part of its overall preview of the Honeycomb release:

Google has yet to announce a formal launch date for Honeycomb, but Motorola says its Xoom tablet — which is the flagship device Android engineers are using to develop the software — will debut sometime within this quarter. So if all goes as planned, the Android tablet army will be invading very soon.

Thanks to PCW

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