Google announced that their next generation Android software, version 3.0, called Honeycomb would hit the market soon. Google has demonstrated Honeycomb on Thursday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The Google CEO Eric Schmidt said while attending the function that the new software would include a fresh look and updated Web browser and keyboard. The software is exclusively for tablet computers and will comprise a fresh look and updated Web browser and keyboard.
Google has confirmed that it had released a trial version of the software development kit for Honeycomb. It’s meant for developers to test out their applications on the software and learn about its new capabilities, as Google prepares to release the software in coming weeks.
The trend for tablet computers are increasing day by day the Honeycomb would really be massive hit among the users and would give tight competition to Apple and Microsoft. The companies like Motorola and AsusTek already displayed their tablets running on Honeycomb would really encourage Google.
Google, which is based in Mountain View, outlined a variety of Honeycomb’s features on its Android Developers site, many of which were shown in presentations at CES. They will include a “system bar” built into the bottom of the screen; it shows notifications and recently used apps and can be used to navigate the tablet.
The upgraded software Honeycomb will also have a redesigned on-screen keyboard to make it easier and quicker to type on a tablet’s larger screen. The Keys will still be arranged using the standard QWERTY system. The users are benefitted that the tablets that is supported by Honeycomb will also let users connect a full keyboard through a USB port — something the iPad cannot do — or wirelessly via Bluetooth.
According to Google, an updated Web browser will allow the use of tabs for browsing thus users wouldn’t have to open individual browser windows for each Web page. There will be also an updated version of YouTube for Honeycomb as well, which includes a 3-D-like wall for browsing videos.
The another important feature is that the Android camera software will be updated, too, to make it quicker for users to control exposure, focus, flash, zoom and other options on a tablet’s larger screen.
Google confirmed that Honeycomb will work on smart phones, too, but apps will look differently on their smaller screens. At present there almost 170 phone models and good number tablets are supported by the free Android mobile software which was launched in 2008. So it is expected that the Honeycomb would be milestone for Google.