The trickle has become a steady flow of juicy Google stuff. Now Andy Rubin shows off Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” on a prototype Motorola tablet. Nice. Bullet-list thoughts:
- New minimalist lock screen. Nice.
- Having used the iPad, I’m not in the market for an LCD tablet. I want a Pixel Qi (“color e-ink”) tablet.
- The buttons in the bottom left of this image, vaguely resemble “back”, “home”, and “something” buttons. Could that be software button replacements for the notorious Android hardware buttons? If so, cheers all around!
- … if they are indeed software button replacements, what a brilliant place to put them. One problem with the iPad browser is that the back button is the desktop-logical upper-left corner, far away from your fingers.
- What a clean main UI. Through the blur, it looks like the notification tray holds a google search field, voice input field, apps drawer and “configure” dropdown. The main screen looks configurable like Android is as usual — widgets, apps where you want them. The bottommost dock is nowhere to be found, which makes sense for a tablet since that’s not something you have in your pocket, hence not in the need of super duper real estate for the dialer and the browser.
- The fact that the app drawer is intact, hints that the Android “configurable homescreen” paradigm is intact. This is in contrast to the iOS approach, which puts every app you install on your homescreen, and uninstalls every app you remove from your homescreen. The latter makes a lot of sense, but it looks like Google is running and iterating with the former approach.
Next on the Google menu: Google Chrome OS and Chrome Web Apps.
[Update]: The tablet does indeed have software-only system buttons. That’s awesome. Here’s the video.