Google Unveils Graphics, Other Enhancements to Honeycomb

Google has released a preview of the SDK for Android 3.0, codenamed “Honeycomb.” The tablet-specific version of the OS has a completely different interface from the smartphone version of Android. Other key new features include better support for dual-core processors, better 2D and 3D graphics support, a “system bar” that eliminates the need for physical buttons on the tablet, and a redesigned keyboard.

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“Overall forward-compatibility is excellent, as it’s always been with new versions of Android,” says Hugh Johnson, an Android developer at Catch.com. “Of course, there are some major layout and interaction improvements that can be made to the apps to better support the tablet form factor.”

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