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Google ready to pounce on the tablet market with Honeycomb

Google's upcoming tablet based OS, Honeycomb, gets shown off

| Mobile Devices News | Posted: Feb 3, 2011 1:18 am

Google, unlike Apple and Microsoft don't seem to release something and then just slowly modify it over the year/s, instead they release something and never stop modifying while at the same time prepping Honeycomb for tablets as a serious release on the tablet market.

 

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Honeycomb is set to really change things up for Google and will give them a very strong hand to fight against the onslaught that Apple is sure to bring with the sequel to their ever-successful iOS-based Apple iPad.

 

Honeycomb has a few features up it's sleeve such as a redesigned home screen - top left brings the search functions, top right gives application access and the bottom bar now has the traditional Android buttons - additionally, there are now no physical buttons. There are now also advanced notifications in the bottom right hand corner of the screen as well as the settings option.

 

Google also has "application fragments" which is just a fancy way of saying pane interface (like the Gmail app on the iPad), Google has said that developers can optimize their Android apps for Honeycomb using this. Drag and drop interactions are included in Honeycomb, allowing a user to drag and delete an e-mail for example.

 

Hardware acceleration is included within apps and Google says it only requires a single line of code to enable. Honeycomb also includes a new YouTube app which includes a 3D video wall, Google Books is also similar to this. Google Maps now uses 3D rendering and the buildings are even rendered in beautiful 3D.

 

One feature that people will surely love is video chat. Honeycomb features a widget called "contact shortcut" which gives you access to your contacts to call or email them. Video chat via Google Talk simply brings up your contact up as a full screen video.

 

Not long until we have this in our own hands and with this news I think I might sway from upgrading my iPad with the next-gen version and might actually swing toward an Honeycomb-powered Android tablet!

 

NEWS SOURCES:Mashable.com

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