CES 2011: VIDEO - Only for tablets

Google previews Android ‘Honeycomb’

Google has unveiled a video preview of the upcoming tablet-friendly version of Android 3.0 ‘Honeycomb’ which it said was ‘built entirely for tablets.’

The 90 second video appeared on YouTube briefly before being made private however Android enthusiast site Android Police captured and republished the video which you can see below.

The video shows a large-screen optimised version of Android with a multitasking app switcher window appearing which shows the current screen of each application.

Also shown is an interface for setting up widgets, shortcuts and wallpapers on the desktop. Google’s video also claims that Honeycomb will enable users to “Experience the full web with the best in class web-browsing.’

E-reader activities are also demonstrated with a scrolling interface for Google eBooks, showing the full cover front images of a number of books available for download. Other apps such as video chat in Google’s GTalk and the new 3D Google Maps application, already rolled out to earlier versions of Android, are also demonstrated.

It’s not clear when Google will unveil the Honeycomb preview or when more accurate release information will be available. Several manufacturers have already unveiled Honeycomb-powered tablets with the first to appear in April which is being taken to mark the release of the new operating system.

See below for the video:

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