Google rolls out Honeycomb SDK for Android tablets

Google has released the full software development kit for Honeycomb, the tablet-friendly version 3.0 of its Android operating system.

Google has released the full software development kit for Honeycomb, the tablet-friendly version 3.0 of its Android operating system.

In a blog post on Tuesday, Android SDK tech lead Xavier Ducrohet wrote that the release made it possible for developers to create applications for the new platform and publish them to the Android Market.

Honeycomb looks quite different to other versions of Android, as it is designed for use on larger screens than those present on smartphones. The new SDK makes it easier to manage screen space usage and the kinds of gestures that people will use on tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, which will be the first Honeycomb-bearing tablet to hit the market.

On Monday, Adobe said the Xoom would be among the first devices to get Flash Player 10.2. In a blog post, Adobe said Flash Player 10.2 would come pre-installed on some tablets, while the first Honeycomb devices such as the Xoom would get the new version as an over-the-air (OTA) update within a few weeks of their launch.

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