Google announces new Android Honeycomb features

Today during Google's web broadcast on YouTube, the Android team announced some exciting new features for Android 3.0 "Honeycomb." The new mobile OS will be the next major milestone for Android, with a ton of new and improved features, including widgets, hardware acceleration and more.

Google announced that Honeycomb will feature an easy to access multitasking toolbar, showing your recently opened and running applications, all from the home screen. Honeycomb will improve the way widgets can be displayed, allowing for developers to create widgets that are based on collections of data, which will allow for the user to run apps in 'little windows' on your home screen.

Android 3.0 will also come with a new notification system, with toast popups in the lower right-hand corner. The notifications can now contain images of friends when they send you a message. The notification system will even allow for apps, like a media player, to appear on screen, for quick access.

Honeycomb will come with hardware acceleration, and with just a single line of code, existing applications can take advantage of the 2D hardware acceleration. Honeycomb will come with a new engine for powering 3D graphics on your devices. Lastly, Android 3.0 'Honeycomb' will allow support video chat, with a supported handset or tablet with a front-facing camera, using Google Talk.

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Motorola Xoom + Android Honeycomb looks really impressive. If Google can sort out the Android Market app store, I'd definitely look into purchasing an Android device.

(Hopefully Apple manages to bring something interesting to the table with the next iPad/iPhone/iOS.)

Manish said,
Motorola Xoom + Android Honeycomb looks really impressive. If Google can sort out the Android Market app store, I'd definitely look into purchasing an Android device.

(Hopefully Apple manages to bring something interesting to the table with the next iPad/iPhone/iOS.)

Sort what out with the market exactly ?

Manish said,
Quite frankly, it's not on par with the iOS app store (yet?). The following link compares the app stores of iOS and Android pretty well: http://www.networkworld.com/sl...arket-iphone-app-store.html

Pretty well ? not really nearly every point in that is a subjective or bias opinion. They're both completely different concepts really and this is directly comparing them. Take 2, 3, 4, 11, 12, 13 for example. They are all basically in the form of "I use an iphone everyday so I'm used to this and I prefer this and think looks better and is obviously higher quality." stance. The android market is completely fine, yeah, there's some pros and cons to both but certainly nothing to cause a show stopping reaction that it's somewhat unusable or poor quality or anything.

Digitalx said,

They're both completely different concepts really and this is directly comparing them

Yes, they're different in the sense that one's on Android and the other is on iOS. They are directly comparable however since they're both app stores. What's your point in this sentence anyway? Are you saying they're not comparable or are you merely pointing out that it's comparing the two? (If it's the latter then yes, I already know that. I gave you the link.)

Take 2, 3, 4, 11, 12, 13 for example. They are all basically in the form of "I use an iphone everyday so I'm used to this and I prefer this and think looks better and is obviously higher quality." stance.

*sigh* No they're not. Not sure if you've got the right numbers. 11 and 13 both feature statistical evidence. Is the "Search" slide, for example, actually incorrect in what it says?


The android market is completely fine

I agree it's not unusable, but it's far from completely fine.

I feel that the presentation does do a good job at showing what features Android Market is lacking in that iOS App Store has and vice-versa as well. But I suppose if you have got Google Goggles on, are sipping the Android koolaid and are anti-Apple/iOS, it's difficult to take a step back and observe things objectively.

Manish said,

Yes, they're different in the sense that one's on Android and the other is on iOS. They are directly comparable however since they're both app stores. What's your point in this sentence anyway? Are you saying they're not comparable or are you merely pointing out that it's comparing the two? (If it's the latter then yes, I already know that. I gave you the link.)


*sigh* No they're not. Not sure if you've got the right numbers. 11 and 13 both feature statistical evidence. Is the "Search" slide, for example, actually incorrect in what it says?


I agree it's not unusable, but it's far from completely fine.

I feel that the presentation does do a good job at showing what features Android Market is lacking in that iOS App Store has and vice-versa as well. But I suppose if you have got Google Goggles on, are sipping the Android koolaid and are anti-Apple/iOS, it's difficult to take a step back and observe things objectively.

Ones regulated and restricted and aimed at making the most money possible and pleasing developers with no regard for consumers. The other is an open pool for nearly everyone to access and develop for and add to without heavy regulation or restriction not only that but the market isn't the only source for app distribution unlike on iOS. The discovery and search are invalid because on android they are combined where as this reviewer wants them separate so gives it to iOS. User reviews are same you take them with a grain of salt on both platforms. Web access is now even better on android then ios with market.android.com. Payment system on android not being all tied up to itunes and whatnot crap is much better then iOS. As for app count, graph all they want on android and ios easily 50-75% are rubbish repetitive apps. As for app quality it's subjective but see first sentence.

This is the same user orientated opinion from the other side of the fence to the reviewer and I do have an ipod touch I barely touch to compare so I know what I'm talking about. They can compare apples to oranges all they want but unless it's accurately focused on both sides then of course they're going to make a mess of a comparison like they have so to base your opinion on theirs well that's fine Apple's there for you to enjoy for a whole 12 months or so if that.

boumboqc said,
iPad are for wanna be losers.

What, people who want to be losers?
I'm unsure of what you mean, but potentially that's because your innate ability to be a troll is unfortunately not obscured by your lack of intellect and grammatical aptitude.

boumboqc said,
iOS is a big fail. iPhones are for girls and iPad are for wanna be losers.

Apple sold tens, if not hundreds, of millions of iOS devices. How is that a "big fail"?

If anything your comment "is a big fail"...

boumboqc said,
iOS is a big fail. iPhones are for girls and iPad are for wanna be losers.

Did you hear that during recess?

boumboqc said,
iOS is a big fail. iPhones are for girls and iPad are for wanna be losers.

Did you hear that during recess?

.Neo said,

Apple sold tens, if not hundreds, of millions of iOS devices. How is that a "big fail"?

Cause it's still behind and it even had a head start pretty much lol.

Digitalx said,

Cause it's still behind and it even had a head start pretty much lol.

Considering Apple only make 4 phones. Only 2 of those are still being sold, and one of those two is being phased out. Compared to the other companies that have tonnes of models, and seem to bring out a new one every week. Apple are doing quite well for themselves.

So, I'm a bit confused. Last I heard, Honeycomb was only being released for tablets (at least at first), now there is wording of handsets in this article. Did I miss an announcement somewhere?

Glen said,
So, I'm a bit confused. Last I heard, Honeycomb was only being released for tablets (at least at first), now there is wording of handsets in this article. Did I miss an announcement somewhere?

there's no restriction from Google on any use of Android.
we're not in iOS land

from what I see Google TV look a lot like HoneyComb to many perspective honeycomb to TV maybe?

It's a little unclear at the moment exactly how Google plan on combining (Or if they wish to at all) the handset and tablet branches of Android. Personally I can see a version of Android released that will incorporate a number of Honeycombs traits, obviously scaled down and/or transformed for smaller screens. Whether Google will dub this Honeycomb/an alternate name or whether Google will keep both branches separate while compatible is yet to be seen.

Glen said,
So, I'm a bit confused. Last I heard, Honeycomb was only being released for tablets (at least at first), now there is wording of handsets in this article. Did I miss an announcement somewhere?

98% sure Google has gone into a leap frog cycle for releasing builds. 3.x honeycomb + will be for tablets. 2.x Will be for smartphones. 4.x smartphones and 5.x tablets and so on and so fourth depending on the lifespan of tablets.

A preview of the SDK has been released with the final build coming soon (Hopefully). There's also a largely functioning build ready for the Nook Color.

Digitalx said,

Does android 2.x not fully support arabic ?

yes, you would need 3rd party support/custom rom

and the only one i am aware off supporting Arabic in 2.x are Samsung

Sounds good, everything iOS could do with.....apart from the multitasking toolbar(as it already has that).

acnpt said,
Sounds good, everything iOS could do with.....apart from the multitasking toolbar(as it already has that).

Who cares about iOS? Trolls perhaps?

m4n3 said,

Who cares about iOS? Trolls perhaps?

People who use it everyday? People who rely on it? People who like it? People who want to see it evolve and improve and innovate too? Silly question really...

~Johnny said,

People who use it everyday? People who rely on it? People who like it? People who want to see it evolve and improve and innovate too? Silly question really...

It would be a silly question in a news regarding iStuff, not an Android one.

m4n3 said,

Who cares about iOS? Trolls perhaps?

Huh?
Anyway I do, as I own an iPad. It isn't trolling if I'm supporting the new Android features.

m4n3 said,

It would be a silly question in a news regarding iStuff, not an Android one.

I think you might have a few screws loose.

acnpt said,
Sounds good, everything iOS could do with.....apart from the multitasking toolbar(as it already has that).

Nope.

acnpt said,
Sounds good, everything iOS could do with.....apart from the multitasking toolbar(as it already has that).

I would like to see Widgets on iOS too... or some way to see data from multiple apps all on the same screen w/o JBing.

I haven't found the way the "multitasking toolbar" in iOS works to be very efficient... needs improvement somehow.

Edited by Shadrack, Feb 3 2011, 1:28am :