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May 4 2011   7:51AM GMT

Taking a munch on Google Android Honeycomb

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater

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Android
customisation
Google
Linux
Open source
Tablet

Google is currently hoping to attract interest to the latest tempting addition in its technology candy-box, Android Honeycomb. A new version of this mobile OS that is focused on tablets has been unveiled in the last few days.

The OS itself is currently trading on it’s “slickest features”, which currently include a selection of widgets and an improved 3D rendering engine.

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Previewed on tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, Android Honeycomb has now evolved to feature an ‘Action Bar’ which acts as a menu options feature to give the user clickable options depending on the application being used.

Google has allowed free reign to developers currently programming new apps that will include this action bar, so expect some inconsistencies (at least) in the short term if you happen to be touching this technology.

There’s a powerful browser in Android Honeycomb, which several commentators have already said beats the iPad’s Safari hands down. You will also find a specially optimised version on Gmail inside Honeycomb – again, it appears to be a hot version that’s gorgeous to use.

Copy and paste functions are also said to put iPad’s arguably cumbersome hold, drag, wait, click arrangement in the shade.

But let’s end with a little balance.

Just as users of Windows and (to a degree) Apple OS X want the “dumbing down” factor in their OS, open source and/or Linux/Android iterations are generally more functional, complex and self-manageable.

… and not everybody likes that.

Not everybody wants a machine (tablet or otherwise) that prompts them with endless security and software updates. Not everybody wants a machine with raw customisation options. Some people just want to surf the web, watch YouTube and send their Mum and email.

Perhaps not everyone will have an Android Honeycomb sweet tooth then?

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