What is new in Android 3.0 Honeycomb - A quick walkthrough
9 February 2011 by Olav Hellesø-Knutsen
Earlier this month Google held a presentation about the new features found in the next version of Android for tablets. Read about the Honeycomb highlights here
Android 3.0 Honeycomb is designed specially for tablets, or devices with larger screen than the usual 4 inch smartphone display size. You will see the operating system running on tablets first but smartphones may get many of the features later. The user interface might not be suitable on smaller screens, but other functionality will most likely be available to other versions of Android as well. According to the latest rumors, version 2.4 will be announced soon and the first device will probably be ViewSonic ViewPad 4. Version 2.4 will have code name Gingerbread like v2.3 has. The only difference between 2.3 and 2.4 is the ability to run apps designed for dual-core Honeycomb (v3.0) apps on a single-core smartphone. This introduction covers Honeycomb 3.0.
A new soft keyboard design
Improved text selection
Thats the main changes to the general user interface. Some under the hood features are changed too. Android 3.0 has built-in support for Media/Photo Transfer Protocol which let you sync USB connected devices like camera or PC with the tablet. Bluetooth tethering allows other devices to share the Android tablet Internet connection.
Changes to some of the Android standard applications
The camera application has got a facelift with easy access to exposure, focus, flash, zoom, front-facing camera and more. Android 3.0 also has got built-in support for time-lapse video recording. The Gallery app lets users view images in full screen mode where the System Bar fades out and the Action Bar disappears.
The Contacts and Email application has got a new user interface. Contacts has a two-pane UI and Fast Scroll to let users organize and find contacts. Better support for international phone numbers base on the home country and international number parsing library. The Email application also uses a two-pane user interface to make viewing and organizing messages more efficient.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb is the first Android version to support dual-core processors. The hardware can be either single- or dual-core CPUs. A system with a dual-core processor can see improvement on apps designed for single-core processors. The active app can run on one core while part of the Android calls runs on the second core. This is done automatically by the OS.
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I do like all that I am seeing about honeycomb and it is going to be tough choosing between a honeycomb tablet and the iPad2
It's because of Honeycomb I'm considering doing away with my Vaio, but as a touch-typer I'm frightened I'd miss the hard keyboard. I'll have to check it out.
Honeycomb indeed is a Android mature. It gives me a feeling that this version is very stylish.
tough choice indeed. Apple always has something incredible up their sleeves. In the end - although fresh UI's are great - its what we use IN them that make us want to continue using them past the first week: Apps, features, ecosystems.
latest rumours are that ipad 3 will be out before end of year.
This makes me wonder if Apple are now trying to keep up with the tablet challenge now that tablets have finally been accepted (despite microsofts failure early in the 2000's), as they usually only have annual releases
active app can run on one core while part of the Android calls runs on the second core. This is done automatically by the OS.
[ This Message was edited by: laffen on 2011-08-11 04:24 ]