Google to hold Android 3.0 preview event next Wednesday

Google will next Wednesday hold a press event to preview the next iteration of their mobile operating system, Android 3.0.

Dubbed "Honeycomb" by Google engineers, the release of Android 3.0 -- which will see the debut of the first edition of the company's popular open source operating system designed with tablet devices in mind -- is expected to occur next month, when Motorola release their first tablet running Honeycomb, the XOOM.

At the event on Wednesday -- which conveniently falls on the same day as News Limited's meeting where the news organisation is expected to announce the first iPad-only newspaper with Apple's backing -- Google is expected to show off in more depth a number of new features which will soon appear in Android, including the all-new user interface and tablet-friendly web browser.

The meeting will occur one week after the company released the first publicly available preview of Honeycomb for developers, allowing them to begin to prepare applications which take advantage of the new features found in the update, such as all-new live video streaming support, more Bluetooth connection support, more enterprise features and of course the larger screen size and new user interface controls which have been designed for tablets.

It's thought the search giant will allow journalists attending the event to get hands-on with devices running Android 3, with the invites sent out earlier today promising an "in-depth look at Honeycomb, Android ecosystem news and hands-on demos."

The meeting begins at 10am PST at Google's Mountain View campus, and will also be streamed live over YouTube allowing those with a keen interest in where Android is heading to watch on.

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thommcg said,
Ahh, sounds more like iOS approach here

Please clarify this statement. Just because something is released for a Tablet only device doesn't mean they are taking the iOS approach. For God's sake they are two very different devices. This is why I didn't by any of the current generation Android Tabs out now. I wanted something like the Xoom (Dual Core and an operating system that is actually meant for it).

s1k3sT said,
Are current andriod users going to be able to upgrade or does it require a new phone?

I think Honeycomb (so far) is targeted for tablets anyway.

s1k3sT said,
Are current andriod users going to be able to upgrade or does it require a new phone?

The Dev's have been somewhat non-committal on that front (As in, saying it's the future of Android phones, though not declaring 3.x will be available for existing devices through the normal channels, i.e. OTA updates). As with all other Android updates though, a root & manual update is always an option.

OceanMotion said,
Honeycomb reminds me of Windows Mobile 6.5

Except that awesome honeycomb UI never shipped with 6.5 they stripped it out if I remember

thealexweb said,

Except that awesome honeycomb UI never shipped with 6.5 they stripped it out if I remember

Nah, it was shipped. You could remove the "honeycomb" layer but the icons were still set in a honeycomb fashion. Honeycomb was the icon screen/start menu and Titanium was the homescreen.

Well this is good news. But in my opinion the biggest drawbacks that android have over iOS is that when ever an update for iOS is released it's available for all the devices while for androids you have to wait a couple of months to update. I am talking about the mobile devices. And well apple has the app store!

thnok said,
Well this is good news. But in my opinion the biggest drawbacks that android have over iOS is that when ever an update for iOS is released it's available for all the devices while for androids you have to wait a couple of months to update. I am talking about the mobile devices. And well apple has the app store!

Not true. When the next iteration of iOS is out, it comes installed on the current gen device, but the previous gen devices are intentionally crippled by apple for features, or run really horribly slow. Makes me wonder why people accept that and either buy the newest device or deal with it, wheras when it comes to Android, when a manufacturer doesn't offer support for the previous gen's device which is over a year old, there is so much whining.

thnok said,
Well this is good news. But in my opinion the biggest drawbacks that android have over iOS is that when ever an update for iOS is released it's available for all the devices while for androids you have to wait a couple of months to update. I am talking about the mobile devices. And well apple has the app store!

Not exactly. Installed iOS on an original iPhone or iPod Touch? Oh right, you can't.

At least with Android updates are only a root away

thommcg said,

Not exactly. Installed iOS on an original iPhone or iPod Touch? Oh right, you can't.

At least with Android updates are only a root away

+1

Amazes me everytime that Iphone users says about iOS... i would love to see a iphone-2G running iOS 4. most people i know have just ended up selling the phones and then buying the current iPhone available, i know of 1 that buys the new one each year. (muppet) but even more a muppet are the people on eBay buying the old phone off him.

I'm thinking about getting a mobile that can take froyo, it's fairly old so what are the chances it'll run this?

_DP said,
I'm thinking about getting a mobile that can take froyo, it's fairly old so what are the chances it'll run this?

Unoffically, all Android phones get the latest updates one way or another.

The HTC Dream (first Android phone) came with Android 1.0 and it currently unoffically can run Android 2.3

_DP said,
I'm thinking about getting a mobile that can take froyo, it's fairly old so what are the chances it'll run this?

Honeycomb (3.0) is only for tablets. Google has said they will merge the two in the future. But for now, the latest and greatest for mobile phones is Gingerbread (2.3.1).

I'm guessing they will be demonstrating all the goodness of Honeycomb and blow our minds.

And I think this will be the final nail in the iOS coffin and it comes a day before Verizon starts selling iPhone/iPad.. coincidence? Don't think so

Boz said,
I'm guessing they will be demonstrating all the goodness of Honeycomb and blow our minds.

And I think this will be the final nail in the iOS coffin and it comes a day before Verizon starts selling iPhone/iPad.. coincidence? Don't think so

Final nail? Coffin? I don't think so, not by a long shot.

what's funny is anyone thinking that iOS will have marketshare beyond 10%-12% by end of 2011. It's dead as a door nail this year. The whole world is going Android for almost everything. Even my new grill will have Android apps on it. And if Steve Jobs leaves us or Apple in general, Apple is going to last only as long as they ride out Jobs' tactics and plan.. after that it's downhill for them as a company. We've seen this happen before and it will happen again.

Face it folks.. Apple had a good run.. they need to let the big boys take over.

Boz said,
I'm guessing they will be demonstrating all the goodness of Honeycomb and blow our minds.

And I think this will be the final nail in the iOS coffin and it comes a day before Verizon starts selling iPhone/iPad.. coincidence? Don't think so

You sir, couldn't be more wrong.
What's funny is you can make up your own idea of marketshare and post them online without any evidence to support such claims.

Boz said,
what's funny is anyone thinking that iOS will have marketshare beyond 10%-12% by end of 2011. It's dead as a door nail this year. The whole world is going Android for almost everything.

Face it folks.. Apple had a good run.. they need to let the big boys take over.

Are you the same person that thought HD-DVD would beat out Blu-ray?

aftas said,

Ill post the edivence for him.

Does the "edivence" even show that iOS/iPhone is about to die off anytime in the immediate future? (We'll overlook that it's not OS share as giga pointed out.) If not, then you've failed to back up Boz's ridiculous claim that Honeycomb "will be the final nail in the iOS coffin".

The (ridiculous) need to make everything iOS vs. Android aside, it'll be interesting to see what the hands-on preview reveals.

Edit:

aftas said,

AFAIK, each smartphone can only run 1 OS.

Well done. Since the discussion was about operating systems and not smart phones, the point being made was that iOS also runs on other devices as well as the iPhone, namely the iPad and iPod touch.

Manish said,

Well done. Since the discussion was about operating systems and not smart phones, the point being made was that iOS also runs on other devices as well as the iPhone, namely the iPad and iPod touch.

If you're gonna start talking general operating systems, then iOS is obviously under 10% of market share, unless you only want to count smartphones, tablets and mp3 players, but then that would be a bit of a manufactured statistic...

UHYVE said,

If you're gonna start talking general operating systems, then iOS is obviously under 10% of market share, unless you only want to count smartphones, tablets and mp3 players, but then that would be a bit of a manufactured statistic...

Considering both Android and iOS have tablets, smart phones and mp3 players on the market, it wouldn't be "manufacturing" statistics. Or is comparing OS share, accounting for all devices they all come on, sound too biased? Even if were talking about general operating systems, what would Android's % be?

Regardless, the point was iOS is hardly close to its demise.

evo_spook said,
Boz is always good for a laugh

+1

SK[ said,]

You sir, couldn't be more wrong.
What's funny is you can make up your own idea of marketshare and post them online without any evidence to support such claims.

i'm presuming this is your first encounter with boz then?

I was looking at a chart that showed the breakdown of iOS and android users on AT&T. If Verizon ends up looking anything like that I think it's android that will be loosing market share.

Boz said,
I'm guessing they will be demonstrating all the goodness of Honeycomb and blow our minds.

And I think this will be the final nail in the iOS coffin and it comes a day before Verizon starts selling iPhone/iPad.. coincidence? Don't think so

I wouldn't go that far. But it will lower there market share now. If only they can come out with a good competitor to the iPad. The Xoom is not for the masses it is too expensive. They need a WiFi only version so more people will buy it.

Vinay Kumar said,
Sweeeet.....cant wait to see whats under the hood, lets hope its great.

Agree, I would like to hack my current Archos 70 to run this OS.

Unix2 said,

Agree, I would like to hack my current Archos 70 to run this OS.

I just would like to see Motorolla Cliq get 2.2 Froyo or 2.3 Gingerbread. I do like 2.1, it's a huge improvement over 1.5 cupcake, but come on...