Sweet! Google showcases Android Honeycomb

  • 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.