Android 3.0 Honeycomb is a mobile operating system owned by Google and designed specifically for tablet PCs. First appearing on the Motorola Xoom in February 2011, Android 3.0 Honeycomb is also available on other tablets, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the LG G-Slate.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb features five home screens that users can customize with application icons and widgets, including a search bar, calendar and three-dimensional stacks for grouping content. The Android 3.0 tablet operating system also comes with an assortment of applications, including an email client, tabbed Web browser that supports Flash, calendar and media players. In addition, Android Honeycomb tablet users can access the Android Marketplace to download third-party applications.
The following features are new to Android 3.0 Honeycomb:
- System Bar, which runs along the bottom of the screen. It supplies notifications, system information and navigational controls;
- Action Bar, which appears at the top of the screen. Applications can customize the Action Bar for various uses, including navigation and widgets;
- A redesigned keyboard;
- Support for multicore processors;
- Security improvements, such as encrypted storage and support for passwords with complex characters.
Unlike previous iterations of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 3.0 Honeycomb is not available for smartphones (although it’s technically possible to port the OS to a phone). Android 3.0 tablet manufacturers are also not required to include the search, home, menu and back buttons that appear on Android smartphones.