Andy Rubin just wrapped up at the All Things D conference, and proceeded to blow our minds with something completely unexpected: a mysterious new tablet made by Motorola that so happens to be running Android 3.0, which is commonly referred to as Honeycomb. Certainly there are a lot of features in Honeycomb that are still under wraps, Rubin did drop a few nuggets of Honeycomb wisdom upon the audience while he was at it.
Frankly, just having a preview of Honeycomb would have been plenty to keep us drooling, but then he had to over-deliver by pulling a cool new tablet out of his bag that nobody has ever seen before.
Among the highlights of Honeycomb and the tablet:
- Honeycomb will be launching “sometime next year”, which is an incredibly broad deadline to set but at least we know it’s on its way
- The tablet features video chat capabilities, a dual-core 3D processor from NVIDIA
- Honeycomb will feature the ability to fragment apps (interesting word choice for Google, I think) and split them up into separate widgets on the home screen
- Honeycomb will be much more optimized for tablets
- Tablets running Honeycomb will have a two-pane Gmail app, much like iPad’s email app
- The Motorola tablet has no buttons
Since the tablet was only briefly shown, details are incredibly limited at this moment. Nobody got close enough to the tablet to get a for sure indication of size, but from pictures it appears as though the tablet could be between 7 and 10 inches, with my guess being around 9 inches, roughly the same size as the iPad.
We hope to get much more information about both this tablet and the now-officially announced Honeycomb very soon. We will update you as we learn more.
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