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Google Reveals Details Of Honeycomb

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Google Reveals Details Of Honeycomb [Updated]

Google gave us a glimpse at Honeycomb earlier this month when they released a video showing what its tablet-specific platform could do but has now revealed a while new website dedicated to the 3.0 iteration of its OS.

The Android 3.0 Platform Highlights gives us the best insight so far into Honeycomb prior to seeing it operate on an actual tablet, with the Motorola Xoom slated to be the first device running it. Motorola told us at CES the Xoom would be available in Q1 but recent leaks could indicate it could be here as soon as 17 February.

While the new webpage was set up primarily to help developers, including an updated SDK, it also gives interested viewers like us a greater insight into what we can expect from Honeycomb. The first thing we noticed on the page was the new UI which will be a lot different from anything we have seen from Android so far. Five customisable home screens allow for users to place widgets wherever they like and stack open app windows on top of each other for a more simplified view.

Google also points out that Android 3.0 has a System Bar which is always present at the bottom of the screen from which you can have quick access to notifications, system status, and soft navigation buttons. The only time the Bar will disappear is when you want to watch full-screen videos. To compliment this Systems Bar, an Action Bar will appear at the top of the screen in all applications which will give access to contextual options, navigation, widgets, or other types of content.

Honeycomb will have a redesigned keyboard, better copy-and-paste and text selection as well as improved standard apps. One of those apps which seems seriously impressive in the screen shots provided by Google is the browser. It allows for tabbed browsing, incognito browsing (which sounds great, whatever it means), and syncing with your Google Chrome accounts.

For more information about the platform check out the link below and we will be reporting more on Honeycomb which we hope to get a hands-on look at in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress next month.

Update: Google has just released the official icon of Honeycomb and we have to saw it's rather nice. Have a look below and let us know what you think,

Source: Google

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Chris Hamer

January 27, 2011, 9:48 pm

"incognito browsing (which sounds great, whatever it means)"

If its the same as in Google Chrome then it is private browsing :p

Hope they bring similar UI to Android on phones!


January 27, 2011, 9:50 pm

"incognito browsing (which sounds great, whatever it means)" Exactly the same as incognito browsing in Chrome.


January 27, 2011, 10:57 pm

"incognito browsing"

aka 'Pr0n mode'


January 27, 2011, 11:04 pm

Seeing as Honeycomb and future itinerations will be for tablets, will we humble smartphone users see new features for Post - Gingerbread Oses?


January 28, 2011, 2:02 pm

@ speedyg2012 - "Seeing as Honeycomb and future itinerations will be for tablets, will we humble smartphone users see new features for Post - Gingerbread Oses?"

I don't think Honeycomb is restricted to tablets, just better designed to deal with them - what we may find is, as with other OSes, that there will be a basic release (think XP, Vista, W7) with some capabilities being dependent upon your h/w (running W7 on a non-touch laptop versus a tablet etc. where the actual OS is the same)


January 28, 2011, 2:37 pm

Yeah honeycomb isn't restricted to tablets. Ruben confirmed this during an Engadget interview at CES. They just worded the presentation of 3.0 very badly. I hope you can disable those ugly boxes that appear as you switch screens. It's awful looking.


January 28, 2011, 3:08 pm

Sure, but a UI designed for tablets won't work so well if it's ported 'as is' to a phone. Some of the UI elements will be too large, and others just won't work. Google will need to show us a phone interface for Honeycomb (or 'Ice Cream'?) before this can happen.


January 29, 2011, 2:49 am


I suspect quite the Honeycomb reveal for phones at MWC. Hopefully on an awesome dualcore Nexus phone.


January 29, 2011, 8:02 pm


I'm sure Matias Duarte (the guy they nicked from Palm) knows what he's doing in terms of UI given the general awesomeness of WebOS.

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