An CES, Google previewed Android 3.0 Honeycomb, “The Next Generation of Android Built Entirely for Tablet.”
Honeycomb comes with refined user experience, a brand new, truly virtual and holographic user interface. Many of existing Android features will shine on Honeycomb: refined multi-tasking, elegant notifications, access to over 100,000 apps on Android Market, home screen customization with a new 3D experience and redesigned widgets that’re richer and more interactive. Also web browser upgrade, include tabbed browsing, form auto-fill, syncing with your Google Chrome bookmarks, and incognito mode for private browsing.
Honeycomb also features latest Google Mobile innovations including Google Maps 5 with 3D interactions and offline reliability, access to over 3 million Google eBooks, and Google Talk, which now allows you to video and voice chat with any other Google Talk enabled device (PC, tablet, etc).
Other highlights from the video:
- A 3D-looking task switcher
- A massive software keyboard, quite reminiscent of a certain tablet that shall remain nameless (ahem)
- Rich widgets on a roomy homescreen — the Gmail widget looks basically like the current Gmail app
- A strong emphasis on Google Books, including “live” widgets (scroll through books on the widget)
- A tabbed browser, looking vaguely Chrome-like
- A panorama-like view of YouTube with a 3D “wall” of thumbnails
- Video-enabled Gtalk
- Solid zoom-and-pan action with the new Maps app, including 3D buildings. This seems similar to Maps v5, but it looks so much better on a tablet
- Lots of futuristic-looking neon text