The next generation of Android OS 3.0, aka “Honeycomb” will be in our hands really soon. This new version of Android is said to be built entirely for tablets. What do they have in store for us? Let’s find out.
First is Google Maps version 5, definitely one of the boasted feature apps of Android 3.0. It will showcase excellent 3D map views in great clarity that you can see actual buildings and streets in a picture like style. On top of that you have a whole new set of features, making it easier to navigate through the maps and it also gives you the ability to work online and offline.
Honeycomb will also feature about three million Google e-books available on tap. This definitely would attract a lot of those online readers. And unlike the previous version of Android which only tiles the book, they are actually browsed like what we do on actual books! On top of that you can easily shop and search e-books directly from your android tablet.
New enhanced version of Google talk
The new version has a sleek two column menu basically with your contacts on one side, and options for video chat. You can easily communicate with your friends, relatives, anyone around the globe and actually do voice and video chat with them.
New User Interface Experience
Android 3.0 has many UI changes compared to the current version of Android 2.3. The UI is completely redesigned making it easier for the user to navigate through the menus and enjoy a full tablet experience. Web browsing is improved with tabbed browser and standard applications like Gmail and YouTube are customized for tablet screens.
Honeycomb also offers a full-size horizontal keyboard much like the iPad’s and depending on the screen size this makes it easier to type text as well.
Android 3.0 Tablets
Now what devices would house this amazing OS? The list is quite big and a lot of companies are really interested in producing their own android tablet. One of the most famous and most awaited is the new Motorola Xoom, which was the first to showcase Honeycomb. This tablet is absolutely a powerhouse with 10 .1 inch screen, 1 GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 32GB memory and upgradable to Verizon 4G LTE.
Other tablets that will run Android 3.0 are Asus Eee pads (Slider, Transformer, Memo), also the Acer Iconia tab A500. Toshiba, a well known Japanese company who creates world class laptops, will also release their still unnamed Android 3.0 tablet and we can expect more great companies to follow their tracks.
Android 3.0 OS is definitely a dramatic upgrade from the previous versions. The wait will end soon once we get these new tablets later this quarter!
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