Words about Honeycomb (Android 3.0) are finally here. Google has made available a limited support SDK for the new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system to developers so that they can try and test their existing apps on this new Android platform which supports large display screens (tablets & Android TV?) out-of-the box. There have been a lot of improvements to Honeycomb such as the “holographic” UI theme and a new interaction model around multitasking, notifications, widgets, and others.
Here is a list of the 6 improvements which Google has given to Android 3.0:
- Android 3.0 has new UI components, new themes, richer widgets and notifications, drag and drop, and other new features that make apps more engaging on larger screen devices.
- It now features an in-built GL renderer that lets developers use hardware-acceleration in their apps and has a new 3D graphics engine called Renderscript.
- Android 3.0 is optimized to run on single-core as well as dual-core processors
- Has new multimedia features such as HTTP Live streaming support, a pluggable DRM framework and easy media file transfer through MTP/PTP
- Audio streaming and headset control over Bluetooth & HSP.
via Android Dev Announce