"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
"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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