Here’s a video showing some of the enhancements included in the next major update (after Gingerbread) to the Android Mobile OS which will be Google Android 3.0 or otherwise codenamed “Honeycomb”. Honeycomb is being built especially with tablets in mind and has not been officially released yet. This seems to be the reason why many manufacturers held off releasing their tablets at CES 2011.
I’m particularly sad that I wasn’t able to get my hands on these said tablets while I’m here at CES 2011! I’m sure that those who’ll be fortunate enough to attend Mobile World Conference in Barcelona next month won’t have the same problem though – expect to see a whole slew of Android tablets to be let loose there.
I’ve been playing with the Samsung Galaxy Tab for a few weeks now and I like it especially for reading emails, browsing the web and tweeting. There’s news on the vine that LG will also be releasing one very soon. I’d love for this to have a dual core processor like the LG Optimus 2X!
Here’s what seems to be the main new features of Google Android 3.0:
- UI allows more components to be displayed on the screen, making use of the extra space
- Web-browsing enhancements
- Access to millions of books with Google eBooks (Amazon has 775K+ & Apple iBook has around 120K)
- Gmail optimized for tablet reading
- Watch videos with redesigned YouTube layout
- Chat face-to-face with other Gtalk users
- Explore maps more effectively with 3D Google Maps