Android 3.0

Motorola XOOM Superbowl Commercial Shows Love and De-Podding

Remember the 15 second preview for the Motorola XOOM / Android 3.0 Honeycomb commercial we showed you a couple days ago? Now we've got the whole thing. It's just been shown during a break in the Superbowl, depicting what we already know, an array of Podlings walking to a train, an outsider amongst them wielding a Motorola XOOM tablet. What happens after that is where it gets weird.

Android Ice Cream to Bring Honeycomb to Phones

In a surprise call to Phandroid, an anonymous source "familiar with the matter," as these things often go, has let the world know that Honeycomb will indeed be making its way to handsets, but not in the way anyone expected it to. Instead of evolving Android 2.3 Gingerbread to include elements from Honeycomb, they'll be toasting up an essentially brand new version of Android by the name of, you guessed it, Ice Cream.

Android Honeycomb Designer HATES Task Killers

As Mobilized's Ina Fried adds another interview with Google executive and lead designer on Android Honeycomb Matias Duarte to her impressive body of work, she gets out of him what he believes to be the truth: "Humans shouldn't have to do work computers are good at." He expands by saying that it's silly to think that a human should have to click a button to save their work in order for it to be saved, and that Advanced Task Killer basically flat out shouldn't exist.

Honeycomb Includes Encrypt Tablet Feature

Those wacky sleuths over at Engadget took that extra tiny moment to click and extra button today and uncovered a buried-deep but extremely important feature by the name of Encrypt Tablet. This feature can be found under everyone's favorite settings category Location and Security. With this feature you'll be able to secure your personal data further than ever before with a password or PIN number. This feature is included on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and not just on the Motorola XOOM tablet it was discovered on.

Motorola XOOM Hands-On [Android 3.0 Honeycomb]

As you may already know, we got up close and personal with Android 3.0 Honeycomb today via a special event for this brand new mobile operating system. This mobile OS called Honeycomb is made by Google to be specially suited for working with tablet computers, the first and most closely worked with of these tablets being the Motorola XOOM. The tablet itself is approximately the same size as the Apple iPad, with a screen basically in the same range, the iPad being 9.7" while the XOOM has a 10.1" screen.

Android 3.0 Honeycomb Hands-On [Motorola XOOM]

Today we hung out at Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb event and got the chance to wrap our fingers around a real live Motorola XOOM, a tablet with a fully functional and official version of Honeycomb running on it. This is a tablet-centric OS working on what Motorola and Google are saying is THE device it was optimized for. This device is roughly the same size as the iPad with a 10.1 inch display with a rounded corner, straight edged design, perfect for working with one hand holding and the other tapping away.

Join Us With Google’s Honeycomb Showcase Stream

Today is a big day for Android. Google will officially be showing off Android 3.0 Honeycomb and will be giving full hands-on demos of the operating system for the first time. We're preparing to head over now, and you can join us with the live stream of the press event!

Android 3.0 Honeycomb Lead Designer Matias Duarte Speaks

It was just today that Google's Android version 3.0 Honeycomb's lead designer Matias Duarte spoke with Ina Fried of Mobilized. If you'll take a look waaay back to May of 2010, you'll see the story we ran on how Duarte came to Google from Palm, becoming at the big G the User Experience Director, a role that would of course make him prime suspect for the way Android 3.0 Honeycomb is set to work with the user. Speaking with Fried, Duarte noted some wonderful things: "Tablet was the focus, but the changes we did also free it up to be more flexible for other contexts as well. It’s about really eliminating all the barriers to all the different kinds of form factors that people might want to interact with.”

Motorola XOOM coming in 2 weeks? Buccaneer Gerald McCoy says so

For those unaware, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Gerald McCoy has joined up with Motorola at this year's Super Bowl to provide sporadic news from a football player's perspective. Joining Chad Chad Ochocino and the OCNN, the player have been tweeting about the upcoming XOOM tablet. According to the last tweet from McCoy, the XOOM should be coming in 2 weeks. We've heard that the device will launch in February and dates such as the 17th have been rumored, but, if McCoy was told anything about the upcoming release, we should expect it around the 14-17 at latest. No matter the official date, it's coming, and it's coming soon. Who is excited to finally get their hands on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)? What features are you personally looking forward to the most? [Via DroidLife]
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