Enterprise Mobility: Google I/O Delivers Taste of Android 'Honeycomb' 3.1, Ice Cream Sandwich

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-05-11 Print this article Print
Honeycomb 3.1

Honeycomb 3.1

Honeycomb 3.1 includes several new features to improve the Web browsing and user experience for tablets such as the Motorola Xoom. The upgrade has rolled out on the Verizon 3G-powered Xoom.
SAN FRANCISCO—Google I/O May 10 was a big hotbed for Android tablet and smartphone news, with the launch of the Android "Honeycomb" 3.1 and allusion to the Ice Cream Sandwich build. While Android 3.1 is incremental, Ice Cream Sandwich is the next Android smartphone build that marks a significant shift for Google, which is looking to port Honeycomb features to smartphones to curb some of the Android platform fragmentation that some developers and users have complained about. Google Android engineer Mike Cleron spent a good chunk of the demonstration time here showing off the new Honeycomb 3.1 perks and discussing Ice Cream Sandwich. One of the popular perks included Google's inclusion of the new USB host API to let users plug peripherals into a Honeycomb tablet. This will allow users, for example, to import photos from their digital camera to their tablet. Another big feature was the experimental Xoom camera technology that tracks users' head movements, even switching from one user to another via video chat. eWEEK walks through the new and forthcoming Android technologies in this slideshow.

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