After months and months of speculation and rumour, we can finally say for certainty that Android 3.0 will be called Honeycomb and it has been designed specifically with tablets in mind.
Today at CES, Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering at Google, outlined some of the features of what exactly Honeycomb will bring - with the Motorola Xoom the first tablet to show it off. The most immediate difference we see in Honeycomb is a completely new interface, which Google called a “a brand new, truly virtual and holographic user interface.” Honeycomb is the next version of the Android platform, designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets.
While current Android features will still be seen in Honeycomb, they have been tweaked to work better and faster on the new platform. Among the benefits will be refined multi-tasking, “elegant” notifications, home screen customization with a new 3D experience and redesigned widgets. Browsing has also been tweaked with the inclusion of tabbed browsing, form auto-fill, syncing with your Google Chrome bookmarks, and incognito mode for private browsing.
Honeycomb will also feature the latest Google Mobile features, including Google Maps 5 with 3D interactions and offline reliability, Google eBooks, and Google Talk, which now allows you to video and voice chat with any other Google Talk enabled device (PC, tablet, etc).
The only tablet we have so far seen running Honeycomb is a Motorola Xoom tablet but we are pretty sure we will see a lot more this week and in the coming months.