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January 8, 2011

Google previews Honeycomb OS at CES

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by Darren Allan

Google has previewed its next version of Android, Honeycomb or Android 3.0, at CES.

Calling it the operating system “built entirely for tablet” – current versions of Android are designed with smartphones in mind – the company has released a taster video which you can see here.

The video shows off the new “virtual holographic interface”, Google eBooks and other features such as tablet optimised Gmail.

In a post on the Google Mobile Blog, VP of Engineering Andy Rubin notes that Honeycomb will also feature refined multi-tasking, plus redesigned and more interactive widgets on the 3D style home screen.

Browser upgrades are also touted, including “tabbed browsing, form auto-fill, syncing with your Google Chrome bookmarks.” There will also be an “incognito mode” for private browsing.

Reaction seems to be split and varying from “awesome” to “awful”. Although a lot of folks are wondering what the recommended hardware spec for a tablet running Honeycomb will be, which Google is yet to say anything about…

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