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Honeycomb is here: Google unveils Android 3.0, new Web-based Market

Feb 04, 2011, 23:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"Google held a special event this morning to launch Android 3.0, codenamed Honeycomb. The latest version of Google's mobile operating system introduces a new user interface for tablet devices and brings a number of other compelling features such as pervasive hardware accelerated rendering and stronger support for multicore processors.

"Google demonstrated the new version of the operating system on Motorola's upcoming Xoom tablet, which is expected to be released later this month. The 10.1-inch Xoom showcases Honeycomb's unique "holographic" user interface shell. During the demo, Google described how various elements of the Android user experience have been adapted for tablets in Honeycomb.

"The company also emphasized its commitment to offering richer APIs for developers. Google regards the home screen as a part of the platform, not just a dumping ground for application icons. The home screen widget system has been greatly enhanced to enable the development of more interactive data-driven widgets. The notification system also got an overhaul for Honeycomb, making it possible for developers to expose more information and interactive functionality in notifications."

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