Andy Rubin Shows Off Android 3.0 On Prototype Motorola Tablet At Dive Into Mobile
Andy Rubin is, as I type this, in the middle of a demo of Android 3.0 (AKA Honeycomb) at Dive Into Mobile. The rest of his talk I’ve got written up elsewhere, but this was too cool to pass up. The software is running on a prototype tablet from Motorola that looks really slick, though it was only out for a moment and there are but few pictures at the moment. I’ll be updating this post as more information breaks.
First thing he showed off was a new lock screen and then what appeared to be a brand new “desktop” with widgets and buttons in the corners. Different UI aesthetic than earlier versions of Android. He then launched a new, vector-based version of Google Maps that should be coming to your phone in just a couple days.
Honeycomb will be out “next year,” which is a pretty vague deadline, but if I remember correctly, we’ve heard Q2 for the Moto tablet. Another improvement he notes is the ability to split applications into multiple “fragments,” which can be viewed like widgets. Difficult to tell what that might look like, but it sure sounds good.
[All images from Engadget's liveblog]