Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Eliminate costly downtime!
Find out how with Free White Paper
& enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Linux/Open Source
24/7/365 Network Uptime
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Google Releases Honeycomb SDK, Updates Android 2.3
Google Releases Honeycomb SDK, Updates Android 2.3

By Barry Levine
February 23, 2011 1:57PM

    Bookmark and Share
The software development kit for Google's tablet-optimized Honeycomb version 3.0 of Android has been released. Google is also rolling out version 2.3.3 of its Gingerbread version for smartphones. Motorola's Xoom is the first tablet to use Honeycomb. Even with version 2.2 of Android, Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet has reportedly sold two million units.
 



Google on Tuesday released the software development kit for its tablet-optimized version 3.0 of Android, also known as Honeycomb. The SDK gives developers the tools and application programming interfaces, or APIs, needed to create apps for the platform. In addition, the search giant is rolling out 2.3.3 of its smartphone-targeted Gingerbread version of Android.

The SDK could help Motorola's Xoom tablet, which is the first tablet using Honeycomb. Xoom is scheduled to launch Friday, and a steady stream of apps that take advantage of its 10.1-inch touchscreen and Honeycomb's tablet-optimized features could help the device in its uphill fight to gain a foothold in the iPad-dominated category. Honeycomb-based tablets are also expected from Toshiba, Samsung, LG, Acer, ASUS and others in the near future.

Honeycomb in the Tablet Wars

Three weeks ago, Google shipped a preview version of the SDK. The company said improvements since then include the ADT plug-in, a new app palette with categories and rendering previews, a more accurate rendering of device-specific layouts, selection-sensitive action bars to manipulate View properties, improvements to zoom, and improved support to merge layouts and create layouts with gesture overlays.

Honeycomb could become a major factor in the tablet wars, as it will be the key to establishing Android's position as a tablet-specific alternative to Apple's iPad and iOS.

Earlier this month, Hewlett-Packard unveiled its TouchPad tablet, which uses a tablet-optimized version of webOS. HP has been open about the fact that the webOS platform was the single largest reason it acquired the struggling Palm last summer for $1.2 billion.

There's also Research In Motion's new PlayBook, which uses a RIM-specific OS, and a variety of Windows 7 tablets.

Gingerbread 2.3.3

Samsung's Android-powered Galaxy Tab has reportedly sold two million units, but it uses the earlier Android version 2.2, which was adapted for tablet use by Samsung. Before Honeycomb, Android was specifically designed for smartphones and similar form factors. Google has emphasized that the new OS was designed "from the ground up" with tablets in mind.

The exact features of Honeycomb are still being revealed, but extensive multitasking, a range of customizable widgets, support for near field communication e-wallets, a new system bar with notifications, a revamped web browser with a 3D rendering engine, and a gyroscope are known.

While Google is priming application development for version 3.0, it's also rolling out version 2.3.3 of its smartphone-targeted Gingerbread OS. The first recipients are HTC's Nexus One and Samsung's Nexus S smartphones, which will be updated via downloads.

The newest version of Gingerbread includes the ability to write NFC tags in addition to reading them, better speech recognition, and API support for Bluetooth over a nonsecure socket connection.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Linux/Open Source
1.   Red Hat Unveils OpenShift Marketplace
2.   IBM Mainframes Celebrate 50 Years
3.   Eich Resignation Brings Controversy
4.   Teradata Intros QueryGrid Analytics
5.   Mozilla CEO Resigns Amid Furor


advertisement
Tech 101: What Is Open Source?
Foundation of countless applications.
Average Rating:
IBM Mainframes Celebrate 50 Years
Unveils new cloud services for business.
Average Rating:
Eich Resignation Brings Controversy
Political correctness in Silicon Valley.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Tips To Defeat the Heartbleed Bug
Heartbleed headlines continue as IT admins scramble for answers no one has. Early reports of stolen personal data, including 900 social insurance numbers in Canada, are starting to trickle in.
 
NSC Backs Disclosing Software Vulnerabilities
Disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and shouldn't be withheld unless there is a clear need, says the National Security Council.
 
Heartbleed Flaw Affects Hardware, Too
It appears the Heartbleed security bug affects not just Web sites, but also the networking equipment that connects businesses and homes to the Net, including Cisco and Juniper's equipment.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Is Amazon Launching a 3D Smartphone?
Once known for selling books on an e-commerce platform, Amazon is now a bona fide hardware maker -- and it's reportedly rolling out an innovative smartphone with a 3D screen.
 
Review: S5 Features Useful, Less About Gimmicks
There's a lot to like about Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone -- among them, its relative lack of features. Samsung chose to focus on features people might actually want, not gimmicks.
 
Analyst: Samsung Galaxy S5 Won't Sway iPhone Lovers
The Samsung Galaxy S5 hits store shelves on Friday and the reviews are starting to pour in. The question is: Can the latest in the Galaxy line grab more market share from Appleā€™s iPhone?
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.