Google releases Android 3 Honeycomb SDK to developers

first_imgGoogle needs to do a lot with the next version of their Android operating system, codenamed Honeycomb… namely, bring it up to par with iOS in the tablet OS space. That’s an area even Gingerbread isn’t very good at, and so Honeycomb is going to say a lot about Android’s long term viability as an OS for larger screen touch devices.Luckily, it seems things are shaping up nicely so far. Google has just revealed the Android 3.0 SDK, which not only includes a refined UI framework for large-screen devices and all sorts of other tablet-centric tweaks, but also support for multi-core processors, high-quality 2D and 3D graphics, Bluetooth A2DP and HSP.The first thing you’ll notice about the developer preview is the new Honeycomb UI which stretches the system bar at the bottom of larger displays and gives global status info, while a top action bar allows you to manage your apps. The browser gets multiple tab support, allowing for more comfortable full-screen navigation, and it even supports Chrome bookmark syncing, multitouch support for JavaScript and plugins, and auto-sign-on into Google accounts.Honeycomb also gives enterprise customers some new stuff to love, including support for encrypted storage, password expiration and e-mail.Honeycomb’s looking great so far, but there’s many months yet before we get it. Until Google can get a release candidate of Honeycomb out the door, Android is just not going to be on firm footings in the tablet space.Read more at Androidlast_img read more

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