Google shows off Android 3.0, built entirely for tablets

An interesting video has appeared on the AndroidDevelopers YouTube account demonstrating Android 3.0, "The Next Generation of Android Built Entirely for Tablet."

The new version of Android comes with all of the major apps on the platform, but they are rebuilt with tablet computing in mind, instead of a mobile phone experience. This tactic is much similar to how iOS for iPhone is different from iOS for iPad.

The video, which appears to be a leak as it was unlisted, then made private on the official channel, shows off a home screen with widgets for email, calendar, and browser favorites, as well as an application launcher placed at the bottom. This differs from iOS by including live widgets and information to users just by waking the device up, versus on both regular Android and iOS having an icon grid.

A version of Google Chrome, in a sleek black UI appears on the tablet with the video simply stating "Experience the full web with best in class web-browsing," as Flash is enabled on Android devices. Google also is demoing their own eBook application, Google eBooks, which joins both iBooks, Nook, and Kindle in the never-ending list of eBookstores.

Gmail has been optimized for the tablet, showing an interface much like what iPad users are used to when accessing their web-based mail from Google. YouTube has also been redesigned, displaying a common theme that other apps make use of, which is this curved grid containing images and information that can be navigated in a carousel-type fashion.

Android 3.0 will also feature the ability to talk face-to-face with "hundreds of millions of Google Talk users." The 3D Google Maps is the last tablet-optimized application featured, which adds quite literally another dimension to how one can work with maps.

Google is proud to show their "Entirely for Tablet" version of Android 3.0 and the work they have done in optimizing applications for tablet users, as tablet computing evolves and becomes a new standard. We're yet to see an official announcement from them at CES, but this video confirms there should be a major annoucement soon.

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Looks amazing! It's a product, not just oversized iphone.
Suddenly after watching this I got urge to buy tablet, while ipad was throwing me way away from it!

SHADOW-XIII said,
Looks amazing! It's a product, not just oversized iphone.
Suddenly after watching this I got urge to buy tablet, while ipad was throwing me way away from it!

haha you people are funny, the excuses you come up with

There is no difference lol

evo_spook said,

haha you people are funny, the excuses you come up with

There is no difference lol

I bet if that product looked like a oversized Nexus S, he would step away from that too.

Tablets are definitely a strange market at the moment, I mean who wants one and for what?

There doesn't seem to be a defined use specific to a tablet other than its cool for media etc.

However for sales reps there proves to be a great demonstration tool while at customers, such as the iPad due to the size.

The Galaxy tab seems focused more at a home/business user wanting something small enough to tuck away but big enough for a semi sized browsing session.

The new Motorola looks sweet running this OS but then who is it aimed at?

There are clearly uses for the products, but I can't really see manufacturers stream lining the products to suit particular markets - probably a little early in the development of them and multiple manufacturers "testing" the water to obtain what markets evolve from it.

I personally couldn't justify the cost of a tablet based on my usage on computing, my phone allows me to browse and use media out and about, my laptop at home, or if I am going somewhere.

My personal opinion is that Tablets are just too much money for what they offer currently, but I am looking forward to seeing the Tablets evolve into more defined and cost wise items!

I like android and I think this looks hideous. I mean, the apps look great. the youtube, gtalk, ebooks and gmail ones. But the bottom bar? HIDEOUS. and the top bar on some of the apps also look meh.

I very much like this UI. I won't buy Apple, so have been wanting a tablet and now Android is nearly there. Now just have to hope the devices are affordable when they come out.

unimpressed... whats so amazing? Any new features? Same old thing with a new skin and new widgets. Perhaps if there were some real details...

I think a difference between iOS and Android is that Androids OS wants to be in your face, visible and fancy animations whereas iOS os is primary just a access point to your apps.

evo_spook said,
the only problem seems to be a lack of theme unification.

That's what i hate about android...the whole doesn't feel like a whole. It feels like so many paradigms ducktaped together.

Ghil said,

That's what i hate about android...the whole doesn't feel like a whole. It feels like so many paradigms ducktaped together.

Someone said it better elsewhere, they seem to have taken a bit from Rim Playbook, a bit from WebOS, a bit from iOS and just added them in rather using their own unique theme.

Competition is good though. It will be interesting to see what iOS 5 HD will have to do to top it.

Ghil said,

That's what i hate about android...the whole doesn't feel like a whole. It feels like so many paradigms ducktaped together.

Yes I agree *but* unlike a generic linux distro (you name it), Android actually works good and everything is unified (as if it was Windows or Mac OS X). I use Android and would continue to use it. The only thing Android is missing is a unified theme/UI. Buttons in App X may look different compared to buttons in App Y.

evo_spook said,
the only problem seems to be a lack of theme unification.

Exactly my first thought. Each app is probably made by different teams that only talk to each other once a month.

day2die said,

Exactly my first thought. Each app is probably made by different teams that only talk to each other once a month.

Isn't that a "shame on Google" though, for not having a good definitive style guide?

evo_spook said,
the only problem seems to be a lack of theme unification.

I've never understood the push to make everything in an OS look the same. That's to me is "boring and unimaginative"

I already wanted a Honeycomb tablet. Seeing this vid, makes me want one twice as bad.

I think it looks really cool! Can't wait to see it in action. Concept videos always exaggerate the usability.

I love my iPad. The form factor is awesome, but the weight is kind of crappy when I'm reading an eBook. I'm still on the fence between 7" and 10" though. Won't upgrade from the iPad 1 until next year because I don't see iPad 2 being much of a leap forward. Might see some healthy competition then. The only Android tablet I've held and played with was Galaxy Tab and I wasn't very impressed with it. The scrolling lagged, and the price was too expensive. iPad has a better price/feature list IMHO especially when you compare the 3rd party developer support.

Interesting, Google is really making progress
Android for smart phones
Android for Tablets
Chrome OS for netbook

blah..screw that. Fix Android for the phone platform and also get tablets sorted, that would be impressive. Gingerbread was such an epic fail!

Undefineed said,
blah..screw that. Fix Android for the phone platform and also get tablets sorted, that would be impressive. Gingerbread was such an epic fail!

Here comes the iSheep troll army!

evo_spook said,

Haha, looking through post history, looks like he has a Android. Fail!

yeah some people just cant handle the power you get from going android

recursive said,

Here comes the iSheep troll army!

Right, because we all know that every Android user is 100% satisfied and refuse to acknowledge problems. Since when can't users be critical of the platforms they work on? Why have we started looking at our electronics like a sports fanatic sees their favorite team?

Undefineed said,
blah..screw that. Fix Android for the phone platform and also get tablets sorted, that would be impressive. Gingerbread was such an epic fail!

I don't see Android has a problem? What you mean by fixing?
And gingerbread why is it a failure?

x-byte said,
Impressive. I'm almost sold already. Now show me a decent device, at least 12". Then I will buy it.

A 12" tablet? OUCH! For me (said so you know I am not arguing with you, just stating my preferences) that's too big. I have the Galaxy Tab, and 7" is about right. Any bigger and it would be uncomfortable to hold in hone hand and use with this other. Love my Tab.

SoCalRox said,

A 12" tablet? OUCH! For me (said so you know I am not arguing with you, just stating my preferences) that's too big. I have the Galaxy Tab, and 7" is about right. Any bigger and it would be uncomfortable to hold in hone hand and use with this other. Love my Tab.

No worries.
I don't see a tablet as a one hand device. The reason I want a 12" now is because of the resolution. I prefer 1280x720 or more, and often those smaller displays can't have that high resolution. But I can't say I won't change my mind later on. Honeycomb looks very impressive on the small surface.

x-byte said,
No worries.
I don't see a tablet as a one hand device.

Well ... It all depends on want you intend to do with the other hand.

x-byte said,
Impressive. I'm almost sold already. Now show me a decent device, at least 12". Then I will buy it.

Haha same here, I'm waiting to find a quality tablet around 10"-12". Can't wait for this to come out, the interface is impressive.

Shiranui said,

Well ... It all depends on want you intend to do with the other hand.

Hahahahaha, that is gold.

On a serious note, if the real thing is as nice as the video makes out I will be hard pressed not to buy it.

x-byte said,
I don't see a tablet as a one hand device. The reason I want a 12" now is because of the resolution. I prefer 1280x720 or more, and often those smaller displays can't have that high resolution.
If the iPhone 4 can to 960x640 on 4 inches, a tablet can do 1280x720 on 7.

Besides, if it's a two handed device, that means either holding it and not interacting with it, or finding somewhere to put it down to interact with it.

So it's basically more widget/gadget overload but with more empty space compared to the phone. It's not bad but in the end a evolution of the current 2.x UI with more space between elements to fill up the bigger screen on a tablet.

GP007 said,
So it's basically more widget/gadget overload but with more empty space compared to the phone. It's not bad but in the end a evolution of the current 2.x UI with more space between elements to fill up the bigger screen on a tablet.

This, I think, is the very definition of a tablet as far as I can tell!

GP007 said,
So it's basically more widget/gadget overload but with more empty space compared to the phone. It's not bad but in the end a evolution of the current 2.x UI with more space between elements to fill up the bigger screen on a tablet.
What are you expecting? Every pixel to be filled with something active? The screen is bigger, that doesn't mean you have to fill it with stuff all the time. You can make stuff bigger, you can show more stuff, you can layout stuff differently. You can't dismiss it based on it having unused areas some of the time.

.Neo said,
Can't say I'm impressed by the interface, at all. It looks extremely bland and unimaginative.

Gees. And I previously thought Apple was the one who chose eye candy over function.

Northgrove said,

Sounds like Google.

True. Google's interfaces are pretty much always bland, and frequently even ugly, looking. Be it Android, Chrome, Chrome OS or other applications.

Waits for it

Posters who say
Ipad - iOS > Fail, crap, useless, etc, yawn

Will Suddenly be bouncing up and down with excitment over a seemingly identical OS

evo_spook said,
Will Suddenly be bouncing up and down with excitment over a seemingly identical OS
Confused. Are you actually saying this is seemingly identical to iOS?

The UI looks much better than all the previous versions of Android, IMO... you're getting there, Google, slowly but surely...

Ayepecks said,
The UI looks much better than all the previous versions of Android, IMO... you're getting there, Google, slowly but surely...

Slowly? How many years have Android been in the market again?

wow, who needs an ipad, I want one of those please. I wonder if the current Samsung Galaxy tab will be upgraded when this comes out ?

Gaffney said,
wow, who needs an ipad, I want one of those please. I wonder if the current Samsung Galaxy tab will be upgraded when this comes out ?

Yes, but by the time Android 4.0 has been released.

Gaffney said,
wow, who needs an ipad, I want one of those please. I wonder if the current Samsung Galaxy tab will be upgraded when this comes out ?

i dont think the current galaxy tab will be able to upgrade to AD 3.0 since there is a rumour that Google is going to set a minimum spec for android and one is dual core processor and galaxy is only single core... again this is just rumors and not officially confirmed.