Honeycomb – the tablet-optimized OS
0. phoneArena 17 May 2011, 05:46 posted on
Google’s tablet-optimized platform is now in full force permeating into the memory of consumers around the world, while at the same time, it’s attempting to conquer the landscape by presenting users a totally immersive, yet functional to the point experience...
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1. Rich (unregistered)
can you say... ice cream sandwich?
2. phellandrn (unregistered)
You hit the nail right on the head with that comment about the lag and sluggishness in portrait mode. I have a Playbook, iPad 1, and just bought a Xoom with 3.1 upgrade. The 3.1 upgrade has made the landscape rather fluid, however the portrait mode lag is unbearable. It is as if no one at Google has even tried to use that thing in portrait. Somehow, even blackberry managed to make a smooth and fluid OS and my original iPad has NEVER shown lag. I want you Xoom!!! WORK BETTER!!
3. bossmt_2 (Posts: 430; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
I think part of the reason why Android has had more bugs than the iPad or Playbook is that it's a more ambitious project. The iPad is basically a giant iPod Touch, just need to optimize to a slightly higher resolution. And the playbook is more or less a pseudo hybrid of WebOS and Android apps. Honeycomb was a nearly complete departure from the Android Smartphone OS. So like Android 1.5 I expect there to be issues but give it time and Android on tablets will be as good as Froyo or Gingerbread has been on the smartphone.
4. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
Android will never supercede iOS. How can it when all it does is wait for Apple's next move and copy it :)
8. Surfy.101 (unregistered)
That's strange? What did Android copy from iOS? The rows and rows of app icons? Scroll to the left or right, and you just see more icons? It reminds me of a Windows desktop with the whole screen filled with shortcuts or documents. Sure, with such simple UI, it will definitely have the advantage of being more responsive/fluid. If an app starts up slowly, all fingers just point to the app for being slow, not iOS.
Honeycomb, on the other hand, has completely revamped the user's experience. Widgets and all, the experience is customizable to the user's needs. That's way ahead of what iOS can do.