Google reveals details of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, releases preview SDK

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While tablet manufacturers are waiting for Google to finally release Android 3.0, also known as Honeycomb, Google has released the details on what to expect on the newest version – including a brand new user interface designed for larger screens and new support for 3D graphics.

The new user interface brings a new “holographic” design, focusing on what users love about the OS – such as rich notifications, widgets and multi-tasking. The UI also includes some brand new ways to navigate and customise, and has been designed for larger screens to utilise the huge amounts of space given.

Also new is a “System Bar”, giving quick access to notifications and system information; and a “Action Bar” that will be displayed at the top of the screen to provide contextual options, widgets and other types of content.

Other tidbits on the UI include keyboard has also been redesigned in order to improve accuracy, especially on large screens; improved copy and paste and standard apps updated such as Camera, Browser, Email and Contacts.

What’s also new is that the fact that you will now have built-in support for the Media/Photo Transfer Protocol – allowing you to sync files with a USB-connected camera or desktop without needing to have a mass-storage device. Also, USB connectivity for keyboards has also been included.

For developers, there is a new animations framework, a new 3D graphics engine called “Renderscript” and also Hardware-accelerated 2D graphics via OpenGL. Apps can now run on single-core or multi-core processors, while apps can now tap into Bluetooth thanks to a new API. Also included are HTTP Live Streaming; Pluggable DRM framework and digital media file transfer between a camera or computer via the Media/Picture Transfer Protocol via USB.

Google have released a preview SDK on its developers website, and is expected to release the final SDK so developers can publish applications for Android 3.0 users in the coming weeks. You can have a look of the images in a gallery below.

Source: Android Developers