New Features in Android 3.0 – Honeycomb
As we know Google has recently released the upgraded version of Android operating system known as Android 2.3 Gingerbread. But that’s an old story now. That’s because Google has announced the upcoming launch of its newest version of Android technology, to be known as Android 3.0 Honeycomb. We will soon experience the exclusive features of this new Android release. The VP of Google displayed some specifications of unreleased Android 3.0 Honeycomb through a tablet and stated that the operating system is designed to be used in Smartphones and Tablets. The latest upgrade of Android operating system is expected to offer sharp edged competition to iPad 2.
The Chief of Google Android, Andy Rubin mentioned that the tablet that is supported by the new Android 3.0 Honeycomb version gets its power from a dual – core NVidia graphics processor. This Android version would be the first OS that is designed to fully support tablet sized devices. It can even be easily accessed on a 10 inch screen with better resolution. The most important factor of user interface is its redesign. Along with this, it has not only redesigned the lock screen but also displays reformation of home screen in Android Honeycomb. The tablet is a sleek slate with no physical buttons on it which doesn’t disappear on holding it in any orientation. Similar to iPad or iPhone applications, Android Honeycomb version will use Application Programming Interface that will enhance the view of the screen by splitting it into several views, when the particular application is being executed on the tablet. With this we can experience the same application in a different form in a smartphone.
It will also facilitate the 3D version of Google maps on a tablet thereby giving a real effect to the map which can be turned and tilted by swiping two fingers. This application is expected to be rolled out in the near future to be flashed in smartphones along with tablets. It is strongly believed that the tablet featuring Honeycomb version would be known as Stringray – a recent development from Motorola. Along with dual core 3D processor, LTE support and NVidia graphics card it is expected to elevate the storage capacity to 16GB.
In Honeycomb we can also see the enhanced Gmail application in which the inbox will be visible on the left side whereas the messages can be seen on the right side when in landscape mode. While in portrait mode list of emails will be displayed on the entire screen. Other than this, Honeycomb will also offer the convenience of video chatting which was expected to be a part of the erstwhile Gingerbread version.
Honeycomb is believed to feature improved VoIP options, streaming music, copy and paste feature as well as WebM and WebP support. All the mentioned features were expected to be carried by Gingerbread version but due to delayed release we will be able to experience these features with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Although there are some leaked rumors about the upcoming release. But we can expect Google to release the new Android version with many more features by March 2011.