Android 3.0 aka 'Honeycomb' Makes a Surprise Appearance on Prototype Motorola TabletS

Google is showing off an early build of their Android 3.0 software, which appears to be heavily optimized for tablets (including the Motorola prototype it's running on) and has been given a cloudy release window of "next year."

According to Engadget, Android head Andy Rubin unveiled this all during his talk at All Things D's Dive Into Mobile conference, where he demoed the new software and hardware. The desktop appears to be redesigned with the extra screen space in mind, along with the new app grid and updated Gmail app (which looks like the iPad-optimized version of Gmail.

Android 3.0 aka 'Honeycomb' Makes a Surprise Appearance on Prototype Motorola TabletS

Apparently the tablet Honeycomb is running on features no buttons, which would make sense, since there appear to be on-screen elements to launch search and apps in the image above. Rubins also mentioned that the tablet will be video chat-capable, in addition to packing an NVIDIA processor and a "dual core 3D processor."

TechCrunch also mentions that you'll be able to "fragment" apps, and widgetize them on the desktop, which could be a potentially interesting feature.

Update: check out video of the Android tablet in action, courtesy of All Things D...

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[Engadget]