Google's new operating system, entitled Honeycomb, is being built for next generation tablet devices. Designed for devices with larger screens, this new OS features a holographic use interface and an interaction model built on widgets, notifications, and multitasking. This OS will also feature the latest and greatest-looking user interfaces.

This new OS will also feature upgrades to the existing OS, such as extended 2D and 3D support, multi-processor support, extended administrative support, and simplified USB interaction. What makes this OS great is its ease of use. It runs on Java, which is easy to use and free. This means more apps!

Advertised as being ‘built entirely for tablet’, Google’s next generation mobile operating system, Android 3.0 Honeycomb is betterandroid-honeycomb-os.jpg equipped to take on the iPad with upgraded features, a sleeker look, and more intuitive features for users. Google will continue to offer the platform for free to companies increasing pressure on Apple, as Honeycomb’s improvements inch closer to the user friendliness of its rival, the iPad. Among the first to offer Honeycomb are the Toshiba Tablet and the Motorola Xoom. More than just a more aesthetically pleasing user interface, Android 3.0 is a departure from Android in look and functionality: new browser design with full webpage view, a better Gmail application specific for tablets, stackable pages for multitasking, GoogleBooks e-reader, a new-look YouTube video application, GoogleTalk video chat (similar to Apple’s ‘Facetime’), and 3D Google Maps all standard with Honeycomb. Additionally, Android apps, while still second to iPad in number, are growing faster and 64% of Android’s apps are free of charge whereas Apple charges for 70% of iPad apps. Honeycomb is set to release in February 2011.

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Tabs, not windows
  • The browsing experience on Android tablets will now be more like the browsing experience on your desktop computer and less like browsing on a smartphone due to the new "tab feature" which allows you to open several internet browser tabs on one page instead of having to open several new windows.
Easier Gmail with two columns and "Action Bar"
  • The Honeycomb OS provides a new version of Gmail that will be divided into two columns that will let you more easily navigate and manage messages.
  • There is also a new action bar feature in Gmail, which is used primarily to move messages from folder to folder.
Support for 3D graphics
  • The Honeycomb will have 3D rendering capabilities applicable to the new version of Google Maps that features 3D renderings of houses and buildings. The 3D graphics engine called Renderscript is described as "an ideal way to create high-performance 3D effects for applications, wallpapers, carousels and more."
Re-jiggered keyboard, cut-and-paste action
  • Google made sure to redesign its Android keyboard for larger tablet screens by addeing "reshaped and repositioned" keys that are better suited for typing by the whole hand rather than just one or two fingers.
Added features for the enterprise
  • Honeycomb adds to Android's existing enterprise features by giving enterprise application developers support for "new types of policies, including policies for encrypted storage, password expiration, password history, and password complex characters required."

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