by James Tromans, 2 years ago
If you hadn’t noticed, each major iteration update to the Android OS is named after some form of sweet snack or dessert. When Android was released at version 1.5, it was called Cupcake. When version…
As we all know, Google has made a strong effort to keep a tight wrap on Honeycomb. Honeycomb is the groundbreaking, latest and greatest version of Android designed specifically to work on tablet computers. It features significant leaps forward in interfacing, user experience (UX), and a substantially smoother User Interface, thanks to hardware acceleration and multicore support.
First it was flashed briefly at CES by Android chief Andy Rubin at the D8 conference. At CES, Motorola was bestowed the esteemed honor of being able to give it a more public showing via its upcoming Xoom tablet.
Thankfully, on Wednesday, Android 3.0 finally saw full daylight. Google finally released the latest Software Development Kit, handing giving App makers the tools they need to start building programs. The SDK now includes the user interface – which Google describes as “holographic” – that makes Honeycomb tablet-friendly.
Xavier Ducrohet, the tech lead on the Android SDK, ticked off the most important new features:
I personally got to see Honeycomb on the Xoom at CES and was very impressed. What it truly represents is the ultimate evolution of Android, optimized for Tablets. It will be a huge step forward in how we interact with the information that is most important to us. It takes the best elements of the current Android interface, blends them with Palm’s webOS, and incorporates the cool, tiled look of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.
Google has publicly stated that Android’s current interface really isn’t suited to tablet use. We couldn’t agree more. Honeycomb will undoubtedly be worth the wait, and, really, it’s not that much more of a wait.
But now, you can see for yourself. Google has released a series of gorgeous screen shots of the Honeycomb UI. To me, they look worth waiting for. You can find them after the jump.
Here’s the main Honeycomb home screen, with expanded widgets and a very tablet-friendly interface. Note the cascading video tiles in the right corner.
What do you think? Do these images make you want a Honeycomb tablet? How badly?
Via: The Android Phone