Android 3.0 Honeycomb debuts Wednesday: What to expect

Wednesday will be the first time Google gives a complete look at its tablet-ready OS

Honeycomb will finally arrive this week, and Google promises an in-depth look at the revamped Android operating system and some hands-on demonstrations of Honeycomb devices.

We've already enjoyed a few sneak peeks at Android 3.0, thanks to previews of Motorola's Xoom tablet, a YouTube video and the recently released Android 3.0 SDK.

But Wednesday will be the first time Google gives a complete look at its tablet-ready OS, which is expected to launch on numerous iPad competitors in 2011. If you want to watch Google's Android 3.0 presentation live just point your browser to YouTube.com/android at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday.

Here's what to expect at Google's Honeycomb press event on Wednesday.

Tablets, Tablets and More Tablets

Andy Rubin Google's vice president of engineering said in December that Android 3.0 would be designed for both smartphones and tablet devices. While Google may spend some time talking about cell phones on Wednesday, the real star of the show will be Honeycomb running on tablets. A slew of Android tablets are expected to hit store shelves this year, and Google will probably spend a lot of time talking about how devices running Google's new mobile OS can take on the iPad.

Feature Parade

We've already seen some of the features coming to Android 3.0 such as five customizable home screens, tabbed browsing, a new camera interface, and a Windows-like taskbar that Google calls the "system bar."

You can expect to see a detailed look at each of these features on Wednesday, but who knows? Google may have a few new feature surprises up its sleeve as well.

Toys

Motorola's Xoom, the first tablet expected to launch with Honeycomb baked in, will probably make an appearance at Google's Android 3.0 event. But will any other Honeycomb tablets show up as well, such as Asus' Honeycomb triumvirate the EeePad Slider, Transformer, and MeMO? What about the recently announced but as yet unnamed Toshiba tablet?

What About that Chip?

Numerous Android 3.0 tablets will be powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chip, including the Motorola Xoom, Asus Eee tablets, and Dell Streak 7. Back in December, Google's Rubin suggested the new Motorola tablet he demoed (presumably an early Xoom) was running a new NVIDIA "dual core 3D processor." Fast-forward to late January when rumors surfaced of new NVIDIA chips coming during Mobile World Congress in mid-February. Could NVIDIA's rumored new chips make a cameo appearance on Wednesday?

Only a few days until we know for sure.

Android 3.0 preview:

Connect with Ian Paul (@ianpaul) and Today@PCWorld on Twitter for the latest tech news and analysis.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Motorolatablet PCconsumer electronicsGooglePhonesAndroidsoftwareoperating systemsyoutube

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ian Paul

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?