Developers Finding Much to Like in Honeycomb

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-02-04 Print this article Print


5. It'll be on the best Android tablets 

The best part of Android 3.0 Honeycomb for consumers is that the operating system will be ushering in Google's best attempt to take on Apple in the tablet space. It will be running on the vast majority of upcoming Android-based tablets this year and will most notably be available on the Motorola Xoom. That device, which boasts a 10.1-inch display, is expected to be the best competitor to Apple's iPad in 2011. 

6. It's focused on tablets 

Google designed Android 3.0 Honeycomb first and foremost for tablets. The platform's virtual keyboard was especially designed with larger tablet screen sizes in mind. That doesn't mean that much of its functionality won't come to smartphones in the coming months. But at least for now, the features Android 3.0 brings to the table will likely work most effectively on tablets. 

7. The camera app is vastly improved 

One of the biggest problems with Android-based devices is that the camera software's interface is somewhat clunky, which makes photo taking more difficult than it should be. But Google showed off a new user interface for taking pictures that streamlines the process in Honeycomb. Users are able to choose their flash mode and have several other customization options to get more from cameras. It's a welcome addition. 

8. Google is taking aim at iOS 

Google realizes that in order for its platform to continue to enjoy strong growth both in the smartphone and tablet markets, it needs to find ways to trump Apple's iOS mobile operating system. At least right now, it looks like Android 3.0 Honeycomb is well on its way to doing that. It features a refined user interface, a host of options Android users haven't seen before, and perhaps most importantly, several improvements over what folks have become accustomed to with iOS. The browsing experience alone might be enough for users to opt for Android 3.0-based tablets over the iPad. 

9. The developers are excited about it 

So far it looks like developers are quite happy to see what Google has created with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. As mentioned, the many changes Google made to the platform offer several opportunities for developers to do more than they previously have with Android. The platform's inclusion of new widgets, which offer developers more options to add features, could make applications developed for Android even more appealing than those running on iOS. The operating system's Action Bar should also come in handy for developers who want to add contextual options on the screen. Simply put, developers are getting excited about Android 3.0 Honeycomb-and for good reason. 

10. It could be a game-changer 

Android 3.0 Honeycomb could be extremely important to the future of the tablet business. The platform is already shaping up to be groundbreaking in terms of what it will offer consumers. If it works as well as Google and some folks who have tried it say that it does, then it could put Apple on notice that in order to compete, it too will need to push the envelope. It's an exciting time for consumers and even enterprise customers. Android 3.0 Honeycomb could usher in a whole new era of design and functionality in the mobile market.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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