Android 3.0 Honeycomb Event: 7 New Features Up Close

Here are seven Honeycomb features demonstrated on Wednesday

New Honeycomb Features

You've seen the CES hype and the platform highlights, but until now Google hasn't given its own live walkthrough of Android 3.0--or "Honeycomb"--for tablets. Let's take a closer look at some of the new Honeycomb features Google demonstrated on a Motorola Xoom tablet at a press event Wednesday.


Pictured here is the notification window, which pops up for reading new messages or controlling music playback. And do I detect a hint of Windows in Android 3.0's taskbar? It certainly looks that way with time and battery information in the bottom right corner.

Quick Contacts

With Android's customizable home screens, users can populate pages with their favorite people and use shortcuts to get in touch. E-mail and video chat were shown, but I hope users can also customize these quick contact tabs with their messaging services of choice.

Smooth Grooves

At last, the stock Android music player gets elegant cover flow. Multimedia playback hasn't been Android's strong suit, but Honeycomb appears to add some much-needed flare.

Graphical Prowess Pt. 1

Remember the "body browser" Google showed off in December to demonstrate 3D graphics in the Chrome Web browser? It's back on Android to demonstrate rendering capabilities of Honeycomb tablets -- and to help you find your infraspinatus.

Graphical Prowess Pt. 2

Monster Madness is a hack-and-slash button masher that's been available on Xbox 360 and PS3, and is now getting a Honeycomb adaptation. Developer War Drum Studios said it's using the same assets, animations and logic to bring the game to Android tablets.

CNN for Honeycomb

CNN's Android tablet app is a lot like the app it built for Apple's iPad, with lots of little panels for video and photos. But it brings one major difference in iReport, which lets users record and upload photos or video using the tablet's cameras.

Android Market: Now on the Web

One of Android's biggest missing pieces was a web presence for its app market, but not anymore. The Android Market's new website lets users purchase apps and install remotely to their phones and tablets. Users can also filter search results by free and paid apps, and sort by popularity or relevance. There's more coverage of Android's ecosystem improvements here.