Google isn't one of the major exhibitors at CES 2011 in Las Vegas this week, but the company's Android 3.0 software has been the topic of a lot of conversations and served as a footnote on a lot of slides since many of the Android tablets that are being announced at CES have an asterisk next to them: *Available with the release of Android 3.0 ("Honeycomb").
However, while CES was churning up news and product announcements on Wednesday, the Google Android team quietly posted a YouTube video previewing the Honeycomb software release.
The video opens with the message that it is "built entirely for tablet" and then shows a preview of screenshots and screencasts of what appears to be a 10-inch tablet running a version of Android with a dark blue theme consistent with the new color scheme that debuted in Android 2.3 ("Gingerbread") in December.
The video shows:
Notice that all of the apps in the demo are internal Google software. That points to the fact that Google is still at the early stages in its tablet OS development and probably hasn't unleashed this on third-party software partners yet. However, the company needed to show that it's making progress in the tablet-focused UI and this demo is a first step.
Take a look:
This article was originally published on TechRepublic.