Google took the wraps off Monday of its Honeycomb operating system—the first version of Android optimized for tablet PCs.
Honeycomb should available next year, reports Engadget.
The world’s first display of Honeycomb was revealed at the D: Get Into Mobile Conference in San Francisco by Google’s mobile platform VP Andy Rubin. It was running on a 10-inch Motorola prototype tablet (you can watch the demo on DVICE.com).
The Motorola tablet was shown with a dual core Nvidia “3D” processor, and it appeared iPad like, said PC Magazine. Gone are the hard buttons typical of Android devices. The Motorola prototype also appeared to have a larger screen similar in size to the iPad.
Motorola is expected to introduce 2 tablets through its new Motorola Mobility spin-off.
Rubin also demo’d the newest version of Google Maps that launches in a few days for Android phones. It will eventually go out to other OSes. It offers very cool two-fingered panning between views. It’s worth watching the video to see it in action. Google Maps also offers some off-line navigation as maps can be stored in memory.