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Honeycomb Makes Things Sticky for iPad

3:30 PM -- In addition to announcing an online Android Market, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) showed off its Honeycomb operating system update at an Android event Wednesday. (See Android Gets an Online Market.)

Despite what Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) says, the OS, designed specifically for tablets, could give the iPad a real run for its money if the hardware is up to par too. (See Apple Slams Tablet Rivals as its Q1 Soars.)

Here's just a few reasons why:

  • The new user interface is intuitive and interactive, and brings data-driven widgets into the mix
  • A new button specifically for multitasking
  • A new set of developer APIs mean that apps will be built especially for tablets, not ported from smart phones
  • The RenderScript graphics engine makes videos 3-D
  • Detailed notifications add to the experience, not interrupt it
  • App Fragments -- actually a good thing, they let users see different views of apps like Gmail
  • Gmail!

Now the big question is, what will iOS 5 bring with it?

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:13:55 PM
re: Honeycomb Makes Things Sticky for iPad

Google didn't discuss smart phones much, but director of mobile products Hugo Barra said it's working to bring Honeycomb to smart phones too.

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:13:53 PM
re: Honeycomb Makes Things Sticky for iPad

Correction: he said they'd bring Honeycomb features to smart phones, so interpret as you see fit.

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