Google releases Android 3.0 SDK preview

By on January 27, 2011, 12:26 PM
Google has released a platform preview for Android 3.0 (codenamed Honeycomb) and an updated set of SDK tools. The new version includes a refined UI framework for large-screen devices plus various tablet-centric tweaks, as well as a new animation framework, support HTTP Live Streaming, multi-core processors, high-quality 2D and 3D graphics, Bluetooth A2DP, and HSP. There's also encrypted storage, password expiration, and e-mail.

The new Honeycomb UI stretches the system bar at the bottom of larger displays and gives global status info. A top action bar now allows you to manage your apps. The browser has received multiple tab support, support for Chrome bookmark syncing, multitouch support for JavaScript and plugins, and automatic-sign-on for Google websites.

Remember, this is just the software side of the puzzle. The first Android 3.0 device, the Motorola Xoom, will be launching next month. Throughout this year, many more are expected to ship.

Earlier this month, Google released a promotional video for Android 3.0. Now developers are finally able to play with what they saw. Even users can go see what's new over on the "Android 3.0 Platform Highlights" webpage at Android Developers.





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lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Do we know if Honeycomb is coming to actual mobile devices?

Det Det said:

No, we don't know what's gonna be the next one for mobile devices. We just know that Gingerbread won't be the last one.

Guest said:

Actually, there is at least one tablet already available that will run Honeycomb.

The Viewsonic G Tablet has a dual-core Tegra processor and nvidia GPU that (I understand) will be a perfect match for requirements. Of course what is actually available right now is just the pre-release SDK, and it is only running (so far) in an emulator.

But just give the brilliant folks at xda-developers.com a few days and I bet we will see something concrete.

The G Tablet is, without doubt, the most hackable Android tab out there.

Det Det said:

Guest said:

Actually, there is at least one tablet already available that will run Honeycomb.

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The G Tablet is, without doubt, the most hackable Android tab out there.

Yeah, if it's the only one it makes it kinda inevitable .

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