Sweet! Google showcases Android Honeycomb

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Google's Android devs have released an official video demonstrating the awesome sweetness of Android Honeycomb (3.0).

Designed from the ground up, the next-gen operating system is optimized for devices with larger screen sizes, such as, yes, you guessed it - tablets!

The video is pretty cool, and from an initial glance, the OS seems quite polished and perhaps even ready to give Apple's sexy iOS a decent run for its money.

Highlights include:

  • 
A "full" web experience with Adobe Flash (battery drain, anyone?)
  • Google ebooks (take that, Kindle and Nook!)
  • Tablet optimized Gmail (No more squinting!)
  • Newly designed YouTube for Honeycomb (Yes, I am a bandwidth hog!)
  • Full-screen Google Talk (OK, can’t wait for this!)

My take on Honeycomb and its implications for the Android ecosystem?

Forget about buying a cheap-ass Android tablet that runs anything less than Honeycomb. 



Yeah, the Samsung Galaxy Tab may be fairly respectable (rather than cheap), but at the end of the day, next-gen Honeycomb tablets make it look like nothing more than an oversized phone suffering from an acute identity crisis.