Android 3.0 Honeycomb (API 11) was released on February 22, 2011. It was designed specially for device with larger screen size particularly for tablets. Android 3.0 is based on Linux kernel 2.6.36. This version was first featured in Motorola Xoom tablet.
One of the main issues with Android from the get-go was that the code is sufficiently adaptable to keep running on an assortment of gadgets however the interface is intended for mobile phones. Android 3.0 improves utilization of the screen estimate for tablets.
The new OS was for tablets only would not be updated to Honeycomb, which saved Google the troublesome issue of influencing the OS to deal with fiercely extraordinary screen sizes. In any case, with phone bolster off the table, a Honeycomb source drop never happened. Past Android renditions were open source, empowering the hacking network to port the most recent adaptation to a wide range of various gadgets
One of the few gadgets that could have Honeycomb was the Motorola Xoom, the lead item for the new OS. The Xoom was a 10-inch, 16:9 tablet with 1GB of RAM and a double center, 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.
Not at all like Android phones, all Honeycomb tablets so far have a similar UI. They have diverse worked in applications relying upon their remote transporter and producer, however, and they may likewise have distinctive discretionary gadgets that buyers can include or evacuate home screens. The principal Honeycomb “skins,” changing the UI and home screens, are arrived in Samsung and HTC.
Honeycomb tablets accompany five, client configurable home screens. Regularly, the focal home screen has some application symbols preloaded; the others are clear. This can be an exceptionally save UI for novices, yet Google means you to enrich it as you like.
Android 3.0 is intended for fingertip control. Like the mobile phone form, you begin applications by pushing on an App symbol. You can flip to one side or appropriate to get to gadgets that demonstrate a thumbnail of your Gmail messages, date-book and other information.
This is Honeycomb’s quality and its shortcoming. There’s a mind-boggling number of components you can add to a Honeycomb screen. You can include gadgets, a considerable lot of which are live, similar to a little box showing your latest email messages, or the climate
Important update in this version was the expansion of the system bar. The Motorola Xoom had no equipment buttons other than power and volume, so a substantial dark bar was included along the base of the screen that housed the navigational button. This implied the default Android interface never again required specific equipment button
Flash bolster in the Android 3.0 program is a noteworthy preferred standpoint. Mac has definite its explanations behind not utilizing Flash before, but rather with the additional power on offer iPad 2. It is presumably a political and not specialized reason, since Flash is so essential for web browsing .
It’s Web program utilizes the same WebKit center that is standard on top of the line cell phones these days, however it has a major issue. Numerous significant destinations appear to consider it to be a mobile phone program, conveying low-quality, content just pages that aren’t perfect for tablet-measure screens.
Android 3.0 is a standout amongst other email gadgets . The reason it works so well is a direct result of the fundamental programming: the Gmail customer and the more bland email application, which you can use with any POP mail account, indicates messages on the left half of the screen with a review sheet on the right. It just works: messages come in organized appropriately, which isn’t generally valid on the iPad and iPhone. It’s a change on the more restricted email customer offered by the iOS 4.3.
Honeycomb demonstrated a zoomed-out perspective of all the home screens along the highest point of the screen, and it filled the base portion of the screen with a selected drawer containing gadgets and alternate ways. Things could be dragged out of the base drawer and into any of the five home screens. Gingerbread would simply demonstrate a list of content, yet Honeycomb indicated full thumbnail reviews of the gadgets. This gave you a greatly improved thought of what a gadget would look like rather than an application name-just portrayal like “logbook.”
Google Maps got another overhaul for the extra large screen. This one would stick around for some time and utilized a semi-straightforward dark activity bar for every one of the controls. Pursuit was again the essential capacity, given the principal spot in the activity bar, yet this time it was a real inquiry bar you could type in, rather than a hunt bar-molded button that propelled a totally extraordinary interface.
Google at long last abandoned committing screen space to genuine zoom button, depending on just signals to control the guide see. While the element has since been ported to every old form of Maps, Honeycomb was the principal variant to include 3D building diagrams on the guide. Dragging two fingers down on the guide would “tilt” the guide view and demonstrate the sides of the structures. You could openly turn and the structures would change, as well.
The bigger screen of the Motorola Xoom enabled the console to go up against a more PC-style format, with keys like delete, enter, move, and tab put in the conventional areas. The console went up against a pale blue tint and increased much all the more dividing between the keys. Google additionally included a devoted smiley-confront buttons
Android 3.0 Honeycomb includes following features:
- Enhanced tablet bolster with another “holographic” UI
- New easter egg, a picture of a Tron-themed honey bee
- Included System Bar, highlighting speedy access to notices, status, and delicate route button, accessible at the base of the screen
- Included Action Bar, offering access to intelligent options, gadgets, route, or different sorts of substance at the most astounding purpose of the screen.
- Added Action Bar – tapping Recent Applications in the System Bar enables users to see previews of the tasks in progress and rapidly hop starting with one application then onto the next
- Overhauled console, making composing quick, productive and precise on bigger screen sizes
- Disentangled, more instinctive copy/paste interface
- Numerous program tabs supplanting program windows, in addition to frame auto-fill and another “in secret” mode permitting mysterious perusing
- Fast access to camera introduction, center, streak, zoom, forward looking camera, time-slip by, and other camera highlights
- Capacity to see collections and different accumulations in full-screen mode in Gallery, with simple access to thumbnails for different photographs
- New two-sheet Contacts UI and Fast Scroll to let clients effortlessly sort out and find contacts
- New two-sheet Email UI to make seeing and sorting out messages more effective, enabling clients to choose at least one messages
- Equipment speeding up
- Support for multi-center processors
- Capacity to scramble all user information
- HTTPS stack enhanced with Server Name Indication (SNI)
- Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE; portion module)
- Forbids applications from having compose access to optional capacity (memory cards on gadgets with inner essential stockpiling) outside of assigned, application-particular indexes. Full access to essential inside capacity is still permitted through a different application-level consent.