The much-talked about edition of Android for tablets, version 3.0 Honeycomb is here. Honeycomb works best on a device like the Motorola Xoom, which has a 10 inch screen and supports Flash, completely redesigned e-mail client, serving up messages in landscape mode and bringing competitive messaging features to Android tabs.
Android’s browser has also been upgraded with more tools, packing minimalist controls to really make the most of bigger screens found on many Honeycomb tablets.
As expected, Google’s Honeycomb update has full 3D mapping in Google Maps, or 3D rendered buildings alongside beautiful satellite imagery.
Another major upgrade is the YouTube app, Google’s new interface seems to show video search results as a grid, with neat 3D curve effects. Expect bigger and simpler playback controls too.
With Android 3.0 Google is also preparing to take on FaceTime and Skype. It has included new functionalities to Gtalk, which now includes video chat.
On the eBooks front it is preparing for a battle against Kindle and Apple’s e books by including an ebook reader and the Google Books download service.
Google has already said it will make “millions of books”, complete with page turn animations, available to people on the go.
Although the bad news is that the version is still under testing phase . Here’s a Honeycomb preview from the Android developers’ channel on YouTube.