On Wednesday, Google will finally provide an in depth look at the Android 3.0 operating system and showcase some hands-on demos of Honeycomb devices. For those interested in viewing Google’s Android 3.0 presentation, the company will be streaming the event live on YouTube at 10am Pacific Time on Wednesday.
Google’s Android 3.0 OS is expected to launch on several tablet computers in 2011 and directly compete with Apple’s iPad. In addition to Apple’s iOS, the Android 3.0 OS will face competition from MeeGo and BlackBerry QNX. Currently the Android 2.2 operating system is experiencing success with tablets such as the Galaxy Tab so there is much hype surrounding Motorola’s XOOM which will be the first tablet to include Honeycomb. Motorola Mobility is planning a large media push to promote the XOOM, starting with a Super Bowl commercial this coming Sunday.
According to PC World, here are a few things that we should expect from Google’s Honeycomb press event on Wednesday.
This is sure to be a hot topic for discussion following the press event so be sure to tune in at YouTube.com/Android at 10am Pacific Time on Wednesday and come back and share your reactions.
- It is likely that Google will spend time talking about smartphones, but the main focus will be on showcasing tablets running Honeycomb. With several Android tablets expected to launch this year, Google will take the time to explain how these devices with Google’s new Android 3.0 OS can take on the iPad head-on.
- Expect to see a parade of features such as customizable home screens, tabbed browsing, a new camera interface and a taskbar that Google has named “system bar”.
- Focus will be on Motorola’s XOOM which earlier in the year was named best new gadget at CES. The question remains whether or not additional Honeycomb tablets such as Asus’ EeePad Slider, Transformer and MeMO or even Toshiba’s recently announced but unnamed tablet.