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Android 3.0 Honeycomb Walkthrough

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Android 3.0 Honeycomb Walkthrough
At the beginning when we were first sat down with the platform, we were utterly awe stuck by its futuristic appearance – which naturally helps in creating some buzz with anything new. Sure we felt just a tiny bit overwhelmed at first because of its entirely new layout, but after some time playing and fully comprehending the new platform, we gather it to still be the tried and true Android experience we’ve come to appreciate.

To its credit, Google did a phenomenal job in really boosting the multi-tasking and notifications aspects of the platform – and it’s well executed in functionality and presentation. Additionally, the overall holographic appearance of the homescreen enables it to not only separate it from previous versions of Android, but from other platforms as well. Come to think about it, we find a good balance of visual presentation and usability with the platform from a tablet perspective.

As much as Google has done a magnificent job in building the platform from the ground, there are still some underlying issues present with some third party apps that cause them to become unstable – and thus force closing. Moreover, it’s all going to come down to developers in creating apps that are not only exciting, but fit to take advantage of the new medium that tablets encompass.

Sure there might be some people out there that would argue that this current build of Android is not a complete 1.0 version, but as we’ve come to see with most things, anything new being released will always have some aspects that aren’t quite deemed as fully thought out. In the end, however, we’re confident that things will ripen over time and that Google will push out some exciting new concepts that are best experienced for their tablet platform.


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posted on 08 Mar 2011, 10:28 2

1. fatexo (Posts: 59; Member since: 21 May 2010)


First..

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 19:31 2

5. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Congratulations on being first! I like your avatar. I assume it is an Android version of yourself? You must be quite the hipster!

Honeycomb ftw. Can't wait for a similar version to hit phones. Actually, once google voice hits, I might make a rooted htc flyer my phone. It will be like the good old days when you got to hold a brick up to your face!

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 11:42 1

2. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


thankyou obvious non android lover and author.

honeycomb is sickkk.

author have you heard of marketplace? why would anyone use the stock functions on android when there's better free versions available?

please phone arena please have authors who enjoy the android experience. If this site uses authors who enjoy apple products and praise it why can't we have the same experience with android?

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 13:44

4. useraaaaaa (unregistered)


dude, if you have not noticed then most of ppl at phone arena is ANDROID LOVERS!

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 13:02

3. HoneycombFTW (unregistered)


A very thorough walk-through! One of the better ones I've seen.

I really like the new Honeycomb UI for Android. It's very intuitive and easy to use while still retaining all the flexibility of Android. For a "1.0" UI I think the Android team did a pretty darn good job, and I'm sure it will get a lot better very quickly.

I agree with the keyboard--I don't know why they didn't just give a full normal keyboard that uses the shift key for special character and move the special character lock key more out of they way, I keep hitting it. Luckily there are some great keyboards out there for Android.

@belovedson
I think there point about some of the apps is very justified. Why put in a "core app" that is overly minimalistic or doesn't even come close to free apps in the market? As I'm sure some people would like to stick with the basic stock setup--not everyone is an app whore ;)
But you do make a great point about Android--customize it to your liking!

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 21:11

6. surfy101 (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)


I really hope Google puts in the feature for making mobile phone call, especially when the tablet has the 3G built-in. This will set it apart from iPad, much like what the first Galaxy Tab does. Some telcos allow multiple SIM cards tied to a number, which will allow a 2nd SIM to be used on the tablet and to make calls.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 20:02

7. Concerned Site User (unregistered)


Please take no offense from this comment; I mean none by it and only want to improve the quality of the site. You guys really need to get a new person to narrate the video reviews. Regardless of his product knowledge or status in the organization, he is not the right person to do video reviews due to his speech impediment. It is distracting and makes the reviews unpleasant to view.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 07:20

8. it's ok (unregistered)


Wouldn't agree with you! Not knowing English very well, I find this review quite good.

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