Google released Honeycomb, Android 3.0 SDK :: Optimized tablet support in Android 3.0

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Honeycomb 3.0 SDKGoogle is preparing to release Honeycomb, Android 3.0 SDK. Google released the preview version of the Android 3.0 SDK.
The changes include the following:

  • Optimized tablet support with a new user interface
  • Three dimensional desktop with redesigned widgets
  • Refined multi-tasking
  • Browser enhancements including tabbed web pages, form auto-fill, bookmark syncing with Google Chrome, and private browsing
  • Support for video chat using Google Talk
  • Hardware acceleration

Various tablet devices like the Motorola Atrix 4G/3G Xoom which is going to be released in mid-february will be using Honeycomb 3.0 as its Android OS. This is certainly an answer to the iPad but third party developers still have to optimize their application although Google apps looks great but not great enough for bigger screens.

Honeycomb Tablet Screenshot

Some other highlights of Honeycomb is, now it provieds each app with its own Action Bar at the top of the screen which allows the user quick access to other components. Also, the Bar has its own theme.
In Android 3.0, developers can break the activities of their applications into subcomponents called Fragments, then combine them in a variety of ways to create a richer, more interactive experience. Fragments also offer an efficient way for developers to write applications that can run properly on both larger screen as well as smaller screen devices.