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,