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Video: Google gives Android 3.0 sneak peek

10 Jan 11

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas played host to many tech developments that will play out over the next few years.

One of those developments (apart from a local Kiwi company winning an innovation gong) was Google’s preview of Android 3.0, Honeycomb.

This next version of the Android platform has been designed from the ground up for tablets. 

“We’ve spent a lot of time refining the user experience in Honeycomb, and we’ve developed a brand new, truly virtual and holographic user interface,” said Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering. “Many of Android’s existing features will really shine on Honeycomb: refined multi-tasking, elegant notifications, access to over 100,000 apps on Android Market, home screen customisation with a new 3D experience and redesigned widgets that are richer and more interactive.”

Rubin also said that Google has made some powerful upgrades to the web browser, including tabbed browsing, form auto-fill, syncing with your Google Chrome bookmarks, and incognito mode for private browsing.

“Honeycomb also features the latest Google Mobile innovations including Google Maps 5 with 3D interactions and offline reliability, access to over three million Google eBooks, and Google Talk, which now allows you to video and voice chat with any other Google Talk enabled device (PC, tablet, etc),” he added.

Here’s a video showing off Honeycomb. Tell us what you think in the comments.

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