Deep dive into Honeycomb--Android 3.0

Deep dive into Honeycomb--Android 3.0

Summary: If you've been wondering what all of the hype around Honeycomb is about, check out Geek.com and AndroidCentral's dissections of the new OS.

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If you've been wondering what all of the hype around Honeycomb is about, check out these two detailed dissections of the new OS.

First up is Geek.com, who breaks out the elements of the new OS, including the UI, multitasking, typing, and Google Apps. Most notable is that in the Android 3.0 SDK, Google's own Gmail app left them wanting more and even hoping it was incomplete. However, multitasking is much improved, handling multiple applications with ease, and displaying the actual in-app screens, instead of just the app name and an icon.

The second dissection comes to us from AndroidCentral. In this case, they really break out the new OS, including home screens, the system bar, action bar, keyboard, cut/copy/paste, web browser, and more. They also highlight that you can drag and drop items, which is a needed feature, but something that we've been enjoying on iOS and HTML5 for a while now.

In both of the above articles, it's clear that a lot of thought went into this new OS. Gone is the feeling that you're using a larger phone, and in its place is a futuristic, solid perfuming contender to the iPad.

As an iPad user I have to admit that interacting with a tablet device can be an experience. The iPad delivers on the experience, whereas the Samsung Tab just delivers functionality. With the new Honeycomb OS, you can bet that Android will start taking a bite out of the iPad's market share in pretty short order.

You can also check out Google's preview video of the OS below:

Topics: Hardware, iPad, Laptops, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Tablets

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  • Deep dive,

    Into the shallow end of the journalistic gene pool.
    james347
    • RE: Deep dive into Honeycomb--Android 3.0

      @james347
      Spot on. Seeing the headline, I expected a real in-depth review, not this.
      Xenia Onatopp
    • RE: Deep dive into Honeycomb--Android 3.0

      @james347 Hope I could get my hands on the Honeycomb as early as possible. Video chat and a 3D, vector-based Google Maps makes honeycomb the most awaited one.
      http://www.techreign.com/2011/01/next-android-honeycomb/
      katleo123
  • RE: Deep dive into Honeycomb--Android 3.0

    With no real tablet applications what is the point of even designing a tablet OS?
    LP212
    • RE: Deep dive into Honeycomb--Android 3.0

      @LP212
      Perhaps the expression, "If you build it, they will come" has some relevance?
      Wakemewhentrollsgone
      • RE: Deep dive into Honeycomb--Android 3.0

        @ptorning that person is just trying to provoke a response. There is a process to building products, businesses, markets, and industries. And Android will do all that.
        JoeyAndroid
      • Unless the article is on WP7

        @ptorning then I suspect that people will claim the opposite, is that not correct?
        Tim Cook
    • Which came first....

      @LP212

      the chicken or the egg?
      Economister
      • RE: Deep dive into Honeycomb--Android 3.0

        @Economister Hope I could get my hands on the Honeycomb as early as possible. Video chat and a 3D, vector-based Google Maps makes honeycomb the most awaited one.
        http://www.techreign.com/2011/01/next-android-honeycomb/
        katleo123
    • Why build a server if you don't have files?

      @LP212
      Cyberslammer3
    • What was Google thinking!

      @LP212 <br><br>Google should have waited for the tablet apps first before designing the OS. They obviously got the cart before the horse. I mean, as every one knows (since Apple said so), Android tablets are really just scaled up phones as opposed to the iPad which is, um, well - just cool since it's from Apple.
      os2baba
      • RE: Deep dive into Honeycomb--Android 3.0

        @os2baba <br><br>Dude, even the author is agreeing that Android Tablets prior to Honeycomb is just a scaled-up phone. <br><br>"Gone is the feeling that youre using a larger phone, and in its place is a futuristic, solid perfuming contender to the iPad."
        dave95.
      • I think his point was...

        That iOS on a tablet is just a scaled-up phone too.
        Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: Deep dive into Honeycomb--Android 3.0

      @LP212 Hope I could get my hands on the Honeycomb as early as possible. Video chat and a 3D, vector-based Google Maps makes honeycomb the most awaited one.
      http://www.techreign.com/2011/01/next-android-honeycomb/
      katleo123
  • RE: Deep dive into Honeycomb--Android 3.0

    Nice! and thanks for the references.

    Anyone interested in a Gadget-of-the-Month Club? Maybe you guys can help spur interest.
    JoeyAndroid
  • RE: Deep dive into Honeycomb--Android 3.0

    In paragraph 4, I think there's a typo, you say "perfuming" where "performing" makes better contextual sense.

    Or it was a metaphor that sailed over my head. Wouldn't be the first time.
    DannyO_0x98
    • Well, it is sooooo obvious.

      @DannyO_0x98

      That beautiful smell is clearly part of the experience. ;-)
      Economister
    • RE: Deep dive into Honeycomb--Android 3.0

      @DannyO_0x98 ... SmellPhones ... I LIKE it!
      Trep Ford
  • What is an &quot;experience&quot;?

    Seems to me functionality in every sense of the word, including how it fits in your hand and the quality of the screen, IS the experience. If it does everything you need it to do and does it well, where the heck does the "experience" add value? I do not buy gadgets for some nebulous stroking of my ego. And if functionality is lacking, no amount of "experience" will make up for it.
    Economister
    • One-size-fits-all is never a good product

      @Economister People should buy products that fit the requirements for the job, not because of ego.

      Some gadgets you can choose based on what you like. But for a job, you should get what fits best, not what looks like. A lot of things look nice, but can't meet the job requirement.
      wackoae