Android Honeycomb

How Honeycomb and Android Market’s New App Syncing will Sink Apple

Before we begin, let's just reconcile for a moment with the near-factual idea that iOS and the big fruit cart are a freight train that might never stop. That said, there's no telling whether the tracks on either side of this train have slicker rails. Therefore let's continue discussing how the other big mobile giant today, Android, will fare now that it's making a serious grab for a piece of the tablet market. Today's reason why Android is continuing its journey into superstardom in the hearts of millions of users across the globe is a set of features just introduced essentially silently during the Honeycomb event this week.

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.


It's Honeycomb Day, and not just here on Android Community, on SlashGear and SlashPhone as well, so today's World Famous First Paragraph has links from all over the R3 Network. Check it out! Start your sweet day off right with a chomp on the Full Pre-Game Review of Honeycomb. Next, seek the insides of Android 3.0 with us at the big event at Google! It all began with Honeycomb's Notification System, then the speakers went on to App Optimization, took you down Notifications Bar road, and rounded out the system with , and while you're at it, have a look at the reason the Motorola XOOM looks so good: Honeycomb's "Render Script" for Hardware Accelerated 3D Graphics. Watch the Googlers speak to Cee-Lo Green in the Chat Program and check out several other examples of Honeycomb's 3D rendering technology. Then comes the stuff that affects us right now, TODAY! First of all the Android Market Web store, complete with purchase online and download from the cloud technology, Android In-App Purchases, and a general "looks awesome" feeling about the whole situation. After the presentations, we got to get our hands on the XOOM in more ways than one: Motorola XOOM [XOOM Perspective] and Motorola XOOM [Android 3.0 Honeycomb Perspective]. Next, see the Android Community App shine instantly, and without glitch on this same lovely tablet.

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.

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.”

Your Entire Music Library in the Cloud, Streamed to your Android Device, Announced Tomorrow

What do you think of that? Sound reasonable to you? Tomorrow there's going to be a mainly Android Honeycomb-based event hosted by Google, (and we're gonna be there,) and inside sources are saying that included in this event is going to be an announcement that Google's Android Market's music library is now open for browsing and purchasing. The iTunes killer. Maybe not, but if anyone could do it, Google could. In addition to this, instant downloads Over The Air to your Android device, both for apps and for music.

Ben Bajarin Analyzes what Honeycomb Could Mean for Tablets

One of our several On Time Analysis column writers extraordinaire Ben Bajarin has written up an article by the name of "What Honeycomb Means for Tablets." In this article he goes through how some form-factors require software created specifically for that form-factor, how Honeycomb is built from the ground up, and how every major consumer products vendor Bajarin speaks with wants a piece of the tablet market - Honeycomb being a big player in the future of this bursting market.

Why Apple Fears Honeycomb

Unless you miraculously found a way to live under a rock on the moon for the past 25 years, you've had a pretty good chance of seeing the Apple Macintosh 1984 commercial [below], the one directed by Ridley Scott, the one with the woman running through hallways of automatons ultimately to toss a hammer through a screen, smashing an image of Big Brother. This commercial was made to announce the release of the Macintosh personal computer. Today we've been treated to an ad spot made by Motorola to promote their upcoming tablet computer XOOM, featuring the new Google Android mobile operating system Android 3.0 Honeycomb, made specifically for tablets - this commercial directly targets the 1984 commercial for Apple Macintosh. Yesterday a massive article by creative director Steve Hayden detailed his work on and knowledge of the 1984 commercial, celebrating its excellence.
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