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Google has released the source code for its tastily titled Ice Cream Sandwich release of Android 4.0, enabling manufacturers to begin to customize it for their handsets. This is also the first version released that is optimized for both tablets and smartphones.

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In an announcement Monday evening, Google software engineer Jean-Baptiste Queru said on the Android Google Group that the code released is actually Android 4.0.1, the same as the version that will ship with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus handset, marked to be the first phone to launch with the new Ice Cream Sandwich OS.

Google saw its fair share of criticism for not releasing the source code to Honeycomb earlier in the year, when tablets using the software became available. The holdup caused complications and delays for tablet manufacturers wanting create customized distributions for their devices at the time.

“This release includes the full history of the Android source code tree, which naturally includes all the source code for the Honeycomb releases. However, since Honeycomb was a little incomplete, we want everyone to focus on Ice Cream Sandwich. So, we haven’t created any tags that correspond to the Honeycomb releases (even though the changes are present in the history),” Queru said.

The next version of Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) will feature a new holographic look, five customizable home screens, a Windows-style taskbar and tabbed browsing. Google released a platform preview of Android 3.0 to third-party developers on Wednesday so it could get busy prepping applications for the updated mobile OS. The search giant also released a series of screenshots showing what’s new in Android 3.0 and what the new OS might look like on a tablet device.

You may have seen some of this before in Google’s sneak peek video released in early January. But the screenshots offer a more detailed look at Google’s first Android version specifically designed with tablets and smartphones in mind. Here’s a look at what to expect in Android 3.0, Honeycomb.

Ground Up

Google says Android 3.0 has been completely redesigned with a new user interface (UI) theme it calls “holographic.” Every app and system view in Android 3.0 will have a “system bar” at the bottom of the screen similar to the notification area in the Windows 7 taskbar. Google’s system bar gives quick access to things such as system notifications, system status and navigation buttons. When you watch a video the status bar will go into “lights out” mode for full screen viewing.

Applications will use something called an “Action Bar” (not pictured) at the top of the screen for application-specific functions such as navigation and menu options.

 

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Honeycomb-powered tablets will have five customizable home screens that can be dressed up with specific widgets, app shortcuts, and wallpapers. You will have access to all installed applications on the device via the Android application launcher from every home screen. There will also be a dedicated search box on every home screen to help you find content on your device such as apps, files and contacts.

iPad-style Multitasking?

When you want to see an active app in Honeycomb you touch a “recent apps” button on the system bar. This calls up all open applications and shows their current state. In other words, it shows you what an app looked like before you switched out of it into another application.

Copy-and-paste

Everybody’s favorite mobile device feature: copy-and-paste is getting a redesign in Android 3.0. The new system sounds a lot like what happens on the iPad: press and hold to select a word and then adjust the selection area as needed. Google also says Android 3.0 features a new keyboard better suited to tablets. New keyboard keys include a tab button and easy access to voice controls to take advantage of Android’s text-to-speech features and search by voice.

Tabbed Browsing

Taking a cue from Google Chrome, Android’s Web browser will include Chrome-style tabs instead of windows. You will also be able to sync Google Chrome bookmarks in Honeycomb. Bookmarks and history have been moved into a single, unified view, Google said.

Tablet Camera

Rumor has it a rear-facing camera is coming to the next iPad, but Android will definitely get cameras with Honeycomb tablets, or at least the software capability to have a camera. Android 3.0 has a new camera interface for tablets that includes quick access to functions such as exposure, flash, focus and switching between front- and rear-facing cameras. You will be able to view photo galleries in full screen mode on Android 3.0 tablets.

Multi-pane UI

To take advantage of the increased screen space, applications can be broken into multi-pane interfaces. Such as this contacts application that shows a list of contacts, then a second pane for contact details and a third pane for editing contact information.

Multiselect Drag-and-drop

Android 3.0 will also make it easier to manage lists such as messages in your inbox with a new multiselect system for functions such as drag-and-drop and copying. This would let you move multiple files around your system with just a few taps or select a number of items at once for deletion.

All About Widgets

Android 3.0 will have a big focus on widgets, those small quick access windows to content such as YouTube or The New York Times. Developers will now have more access to creating widgets for your home screen. Users will be able to scroll through widgets in new ways such as moving through a 3D stack with a simple flick.

as said by Sir Ian P.

Android 3.0

In the world of Android, things can move pretty fast.

Case in point: Just weeks ago, Google took the wraps off of Android Gingerbread, the latest and greatest version of its mobile operating system. Aside from the newly launched Samsung Nexus S device, no phone even has the software yet — heck, plenty of users are still waiting for the Android 2.2 upgrade — but that’s not stopping people from looking even further ahead.

They’re looking, of course, toward Honeycomb — the next major stop on Google’s Android development track. All signs point to Honeycomb bringing some significant changes to the Android OS; if everything goes as expected, it’ll be the first version of Android to be fully optimized for tablets. And if a report published this week is correct, it’ll make its way into the world in March.

Android 3.0: The March Release Rumor

The new Honeycomb release rumor comes from Taiwanese newspaper Digitimes. In the middle of a story about upcoming tablet PCs, Digitimes nonchalantly mentions a launch date for Android 3.0, which many people believe will be Honeycomb’s official version number. (That belief may or may not be correct, incidentally; some folks think Honeycomb will end up being Android 2.4. Google thus far hasn’t given any official indication one way or the other.)

Digitimes’ specific statement: “MSI is … prepared to sell an Nvidia Tegra 2-based model in April or May after Google releases Android 3.0 in March.”

So does Digitimes know something we don’t? Maybe — but I wouldn’t place any wagers on it. The publication has a history of publishing tech-oriented rumors. Sometimes it’s right on the money, but often, its predictions prove to be wrong.

That said, Google has confirmed that Honeycomb’s coming in 2011, and an arrival sometime within the first quarter seems like a fairly safe bet. Marketing’s already underway for an upcoming Motorola Android tablet, and the promotional materials make it quite clear that Honeycomb will be part of the equation. Motorola says the tablet will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January; there’s no telling, however, when it’ll actually go on sale.

Motorola Prototype

Remember, too: We’ve seen a prototype of a Motorola tablet up and running. Google Android chief Andy Rubin demoed the device during a mobile conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The tablet had virtual on-screen buttons in place of the hardware controls typically seen on Android phones. It was also capable of running multiple side-by-side application panes to take advantage of the larger screen space. One would imagine that the product Moto’s introducing in January will be pretty darn similar.

The good news: January isn’t far away. Odds are, we’ll have some firm answers about Motorola’s tablet — and thus also Google’s plans for Android — very soon.

as said by J P Raphael

Android fans won’t have to wait much longer to get their hands on an optimized version of Android for tablet devices. Andy Rubin, Google’s vice president of engineering, debuted an early version of Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) running on a Motorola one-panel tablet device on Monday during the D: Dive Into Mobile Conference in San Francisco. The introduction of Honeycomb came shortly after Google launched Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) on the Samsung Nexus S.

Rubin didn’t offer much in the way of specific details about the Motorola device or Honeycomb, but there were a few interesting tidbits. The new mobile OS will be optimized for tablets, but will also run on smartphones similar to what Apple has done with iOS 4.2.

Rubin didn’t mention screen size, but Motorola’s tablet appears to be larger than the 7-inch Galaxy Tab and probably a little smaller than the 10-inch iPad. It also had a webcam, and an NVIDIA “dual core 3D processor” that Rubin suggested was a new chip under development. “You take a new processor…you take a new screen and you get everything working for the first time,” Rubin said, explaining how Google is working closely with manufacturing partners to develop Honeycomb.

The Motorola tablet lacks any physical buttons its front. Instead, Android 3.0 (at least for tablets) will allow manufacturers to use software-based home and back buttons that move depending on whether the device is landscape or portrait view. The iPad, by comparison, has one physical home button on its front.

As far as apps are concerned, Gmail will look very similar to the two-panel view available on the iPad, and the device was loaded with a video chat client. Rubin was also showing off a new version of Google Maps for Android that is due to be released to Android users in the coming days. The new Google Maps will allow you to zoom in and view 3D renderings of buildings. The mapping application will also draw maps on your device in real time instead of downloading small sections of the map that have to be reloaded every time you scroll to a new location on the map.

It’s not clear when Honeycomb or the Motorola tablet will become available, but Rubin did say Honeycomb would be released “sometime in 2011.” Motorola’s tablet looks promising, and confirms persistent rumors that an Android-based Motorola slate was in the works.

It’s clear that people are interested in an Android-based iPad competitor. Samsung recently announced it had sold one million Galaxy Tab devices in just two months after launching the tablet in worldwide in October.

as said by Ian Paul

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