Enterprise Mobility: Google Touts Android 3.0 'Honeycomb' Holographic UI Redesign for Tablets
Google Jan. 26 trotted out a key piece of its Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" puzzle in the form of a preview SDK based on the new operating system intended for larger touch-screen tablet computers. Honeycomb offers users a new holographic user interface that focuses on multitasking, notifications, widgets and other features to make devices easy and fun to use. Google Maps in 3D is a big draw for this platform, which Google programmers like to boast has been redesigned from the ground up. To show off the OS, Google is also offering media and analysts a special demonstration at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif., Feb. 2. Those attending will see Honeycomb running on plenty of Motorola Xoom tablets and perhaps some others as hardware makers rush to polish their products and get them out the door to compete with Apple's iPad. Google's Android team also offered a sneak peek at what the Honeycomb user interface and other tools will look like on the Android developer Website. The Android developer team offered this platform highlights Web page. Of course, eWEEK gladly poached the screens for readers to peruse for their viewing pleasure.