Android 2.3 Gingerbread has just released and Google already showing a lot more interest to release the latest Android 3.0 Honeycomb version. On December 8th, Andy Rubin, Mobile Platform VP of Google showcased an unnamed Motorola tablet that is running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It is likely that the latest OS Android 3.0 Honeycomb will see the light in February 2011.
The recently showcased table with Android 3.0 Honeycomb has given few hints about its new features. Mr. Rubin clearly mentioned that this latest OS is designed exclusively for tablets and handsets. The new version is developed in a way it can stand as a great rival for the iPad 2.
There are several changes identified with the showcased tablet that is running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Importantly, the user interface of the latest OS page will almost remind you the page that is in iOS.
Apart from the user interface, one can see the Gmail application has the similar approach as it does with iPad. In landscape mode, inbox can be seen at the left side, the message will be seen on the right three quarters. In portrait mode, the entire screen will display the email along with drop down menu options for the inbox.
The Android 3.0 Honeycomb will come up with a facility for video chat. In fact, this feature was expected with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but not been a part with it.
There are some more expected new features as below with Android 3.0 Honeycomb:
• Improved User Interface.
• Integrated media player with broader open source video codec.
• WebM and WebP support.
• New social networking feature that comes along with a facility for video chat.
• Google Voice app through SIP/VoIP.
• Music streaming.
• Integrated YouTube.Improved copy and paste feature.
• Navigation with improvements.
• Improved gaming features.
• Google TV support.
• There is a chance for improved color schematics in menus and widget and power off screen feature.
With the launch of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb, we will start to see some serious competitor for the Apple iPad for the first time. In 2011 we should see a large number of pads based upon Android 3.0 – they will cost lower, run faster, better video codec support. Steve Jobs – are you listening ?