The tablet craze is sweeping the floors of CES 2011 and our team is on the scene covering the breaking news. Android’s VP of Engineering, Andy Rubin, has just posted some insight to the Android 3.0 Honeycomb update scheduled to land in a few short months. There’s also a fresh video that walks you through the features coming to the first Android tablet OS.
Designed from the ground up to work on devices with larger screen sizes, “particularly tablets”, Android 3.0 Honeycomb is being described as a “holographic user interface”. At the core of Android 3.0 is refined multi-tasking and elegant notifications along with new home screen customization and a 3D experience.
There’s been some powerful upgrades to the web browser — most importantly “tabbed browsing”, also auto-fill and syncing of your Chrome bookmarks from your desktop or laptop. With the buzz brewing this week surrounding Skype video chat coming to many Android devices, Google Talk also supports video in addition to voice in Android 3.0.
Honeycomb also improves in location with Google Maps 5, complete with 3D interactions and offline mode. In a move Google hopes will help it compete with the Kindle Store, there’s over three million Google eBooks to consider.
Take a look at the video, tell us what you think and sound off in the comments. We couldn’t be more excited for the Motorola XOOM tablet. Let’s just hope we get word on a UK release date before we leave Sin City. All aboard the Android 3.0 Honeycomb train.
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