Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jan 2011 22:25 UTC
Google Stuff just keeps on piling up today - and I'm trying to work through my second playthrough of Mass Effect 2 on insanity (fourth playthrough overall). I have the sneaking suspicion, though, that nobody sympathises with my problems... Anywho, Google just unveiled the tablet user interface for Android 3.0, Honeycomb. Looks pretty decent I guess - somehow, it reminds me of Tron.
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Android 3.0 only for tablets?
by rif42 on Thu 6th Jan 2011 08:08 UTC
rif42
Member since:
2005-11-20

Is the Android 3.0 only intended for tablets (larger screens)?

Or is there going to be another Android 3.0 UI for mobile phones (smaller screens)?

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vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

I asked myself the same questions. Does it mean that there are now two distinct OSes from/sponsored by Google that are both called "Android"? I see confusion ahead. But since the lay user is not supposed to be doing system updates after having browsed a repository and picked a version, I guess everything will be OK.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

It already happens, if I'm not misunderstood. Low-end Android phones still run 1.x, on which many apps designed for 2.x won't work. Only the look&feel remains.

When I watch this video, Honeycomb really looks a lot like android 2.x, just slightly revised for a different form factor. So although they changed it at the core to make it fit for tablet use, maybe from an end-user point of view it won't be much different in terms of look and feel. Kind of like iOS for iPhone vs iOS for iPad : incompatible, but similar.

Edited 2011-01-06 13:38 UTC

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unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

Is the Android 3.0 only intended for tablets (larger screens)?

Or is there going to be another Android 3.0 UI for mobile phones (smaller screens)?


In an earlier interview Andy Rubin hinted that it would be for all kinds of devices. The idea was that applications should be able to take advantage of larger devices, while still looking good on smaller ones.


E.g you may have an Android activity to show the titles of incoming emails as the only thing that displays at the same on a small phone and click on the screen to read the mail or se folder lists in a new full screen activity. On a table the same application would be able to display the mail titles, the mail folders, and the actual mail all at the same time.

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