Photos: Android 3.0 - what's under Honeycomb's hood?

Photos: Android 3.0 - what's under Honeycomb's hood?

Summary: Android 3.0 is sweet on tablets - but what else does it have to offer?

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  • Android 3.0 is sweet on tablets - but what else does it have to offer?

    Android 3.0 - aka Honeycomb - is a new version of Google's mobile OS that has been optimised for larger-screen devices, particularly tablets, such as Motorola's forthcoming Xoom. The new OS includes enterprise-friendly administration features - such as encrypted storage and password expiration - as Google looks to tap into growing demand for tablets in business

    Google has released a preview of the Android 3.0 SDK to enable developers to get busy testing apps on Honeycomb, so what new features can we expect from Google's tablet-friendly OS?

    Android 3.0 - holographic UI

    Honeycomb has what Google describes as a new holographic UI design, pictured above. Apps written for Android 3.0 will be able to use an extended set of UI objects, according to Google, and tap into more powerful graphics and enhanced media capabilities than devices running other iterations of Android.

    Android 3.0 features a system bar at the bottom of the screen to give users quick access to notifications, system status updates and soft navigation buttons.

    While the system bar is always present, it can be dimmed to enable full-screen viewing for content such as videos.

    The UI also features an action bar at the top of the screen. This bar is displayed when an app is running, giving access to contextual options, navigation, widgets or other types of content - depending on the app being used.

    Image credit: Google

  • Android 3.0 - multitasking with Recent Apps

    The system bar on Honeycomb also features a Recent Apps list - to improve the experience of multitasking on Android 3.0. Recent Apps also shows tasks that are underway and enables users to jump from one app context to another, displaying a snapshot of the state of the app when the user last viewed it.

    Image credit: Google

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Topics: Apps, Software Development

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