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VIDEO: Google Shows Honeycomb/Android 3.0

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CES is tablet central. Though there are a few trends at the show, slates and tablet devices are definitely the talk of Sin City.

One look around the show floor will tell you that there are more tablets than you could shake a stick at. However, many of those planning Android tablets are waiting for Android 3.0, aka Honeycomb, before announcing a release date. Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, Google previewed Android 3.0 and informed us that we can expect an improved Web browser, refined multi-tasking, elegant notifications, access to over 100,000 apps on Android Market, home screen customization with a new 3D experience, and redesigned widgets that are richer and more interactive.

Though Google was full of Honeycomb talk, the company has yet to announce a release date for the tablet OS. Until it does, feast your eyes on the demo video below. It should tide you over until Google comes up with some concrete information with regards to a release.

Android 3.0 Preview

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    N.Broekhuijsen , January 6, 2011 8:07 AM
    :o 
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    joytech22 , January 6, 2011 8:12 AM
    Looks neat, and didn't expect that it would look anything like that.

    I wonder what the requirements to run it are..
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    r_pad , January 6, 2011 8:16 AM
    what happened to gingerbread?
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    baracubra , January 6, 2011 8:22 AM
    I just hope at least one tablet will come out with support for a stylus pen. Thats my main problem with tablets right now, I want content creation to get better so that I can use it as an all-in-one school appliance and take notes easily in chem and draw graphs in econ etc....also get digital versions of textbooks and the whole lot...would make life so much easier :) 
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    qhoa1385 , January 6, 2011 8:49 AM
    I am almost 100% sure that 3.0 is still gonna be laggy, not as smooth as iOS and WDP7
    and that is the only reason why I don't use Android
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    Silmarunya , January 6, 2011 8:53 AM
    baracubraI just hope at least one tablet will come out with support for a stylus pen. Thats my main problem with tablets right now, I want content creation to get better so that I can use it as an all-in-one school appliance and take notes easily in chem and draw graphs in econ etc....also get digital versions of textbooks and the whole lot...would make life so much easier


    Tablets have a long way to go before they can come near paper for note-taking...

    Even with a stylus, it's still slower than pencil and pen. Try drawing a Lewis structure of a complex molecule on a tablet. Try writing some long winded phrases on a tablet. You'll see what I mean...

    On the other hand, an E-reader that come pre packed with all textbooks would be brilliant. I don't like having to drag several kilos of books around with me.
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    ImagineTek , January 6, 2011 9:08 AM
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    I am almost 100% sure that 3.0 is still gonna be laggy


    Not quite sure what you're basing that assumption on, but bear in mind there's going to be some multi-core chips being dropped into tablets this year so I think everything will be fine.
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    mayankleoboy1 , January 6, 2011 9:50 AM
    let it come
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    thartist , January 6, 2011 10:19 AM
    qhoa1385I am almost 100% sure that 3.0 is still gonna be laggy, not as smooth as iOS and WDP7and that is the only reason why I don't use Android

    Right or wrong, i'd expect version 3.1 to iron out several rough edges only because Honeycomb is a rather big release so you may have a point in the end.
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    Ransom22 , January 6, 2011 12:33 PM
    baracubraI just hope at least one tablet will come out with support for a stylus pen. Thats my main problem with tablets right now, I want content creation to get better so that I can use it as an all-in-one school appliance and take notes easily in chem and draw graphs in econ etc....also get digital versions of textbooks and the whole lot...would make life so much easier


    The HP Slate 500 comes with a stylus. If it's anything like the stylus that I used with the Lenovo x60 tablet it will be really good. The x60 did a fantastic job of simulating paper and pencil, especially for note taking. It was easy to draw complex graphs, even switching between colors, and writing long phrases.
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    Anonymous , January 6, 2011 12:38 PM
    Ha! If you pause the video at 1:01, the center YouTube video is Apple's "Introducing the iPad" video. Priceless!
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    burnley14 , January 6, 2011 12:40 PM
    It's crazy to think how big Google is, that they can make custom version of gmail, google maps, youtube, etc. because they OWN them all.
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    belardo , January 6, 2011 2:02 PM
    I get the feeling that Android 3.0 may not work so well with my Samsung Galaxy S phone... :( 

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    megamanx00 , January 6, 2011 2:07 PM
    Hope it will be compatible with my Archos 70, but probably not.
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    toofly , January 6, 2011 5:24 PM
    I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure 3.0 won't be issued to smart phones, that's what 2.3 is all about. The whole point of 3.0 is for Tablets, and using the 7"+ screen size, which allows for very different controls. Imagine trying to use the Tabbed Web Browser they preview on your 2.5" width phone in a vertical position... the tabs would be TINY
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