Google officially introduces Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Article copyright 2011 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

Whew! We've barely finished digesting the debut of Google's Android Gingerbread, and already, we're getting our first official taste of the upcoming Honeycomb release.

Google quietly posted a Honeycomb introduction video to its Android Developers channel on YouTube today. As first discovered by the gang at BGR, the video gives a 93-second preview of what we can expect in the next-next version of Android.

Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Honeycomb, as anticipated, appears to be designed for Android tablets -- like the Motorola Xoom tablet that debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show tonight. The video suggests that Honeycomb won't reach smartphones at all, in fact, proclaiming that the release is "built entirely for tablet."

The clip shows off several different areas of the Honeycomb environment, and it's definitely a different beast from the Android we know. Check it out for yourself below, then click over to "Watch out, iPad: The Android tablet army is here" for more on what Honeycomb's arrival could mean.

UPDATE: Google has shifted the video into "private" mode. I've created a complete Android Honeycomb image gallery that has all the highlights. 

UPDATE 2: Google has now reposted the video in an official blog entry. According to the blog, Honeycomb features "a brand new, truly virtual and holographic user interface" with "refined multitasking, elegant notifications," and "home screen customization with a new 3D experience and redesigned widgets that are richer and more interactive." The OS also introduces a new stock browser with tabs, form auto-fill, private browsing, and integrated Chrome bookmark syncing.

You can watch the full preview video below.  

[View the Android Honeycomb image gallery]

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Article copyright 2011 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

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