This is what makes Android an amazing operating system: development at the speed of sound. Earlier today, we had Nexus S, and its companion Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Both have been primed and polished for consumers and ready to be released on the 16 of December in the United States, but today, Google’s Andy Rubin has shown off the Motorola MOTOPAD complete with a test build of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which according to him, launches next year.
Apps he demoed include an amazingly polished Gmail app that’s better than the Galaxy Tab’s try at a tablet-oriented email app and the iPad version. A 3D-and-vector-based Google Maps app was revealed, and will be part of a new usual Google Maps update for Android phones. Interface speaking, I see no resemblance here to anything Android has every done; every button is tablet-optimized and sized, and there’s even the mentioning of Andy that apps could be separated into widgets, along with a new lock screen.
I believed the Galaxy Tab was a good start for Android tablets. Honeycomb makes everything — even Gingerbread and the Nexus S — feel old. Even though “next year” isn’t a solid statement, Andy also let everyone know that Honeycomb would come to phones, and “it’s a bit of both” when referring to whether it was tablets-only or compatible with Android phones. Via: TC, Engadget Liveblog