Gallery: Android’s New Tablet Operating System, ‘Honeycomb’

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Google has branched its Android operating system into phone-specific and tablet-specific versions. The latest phone version is 2.3 and the new tablet version starts with 3.0, also known as Honeycomb. While Honeycomb is available for software developers to tinker with, we won’t see consumer tablets running Android 3.0 until next month at the earliest–we’ll eventually see phones running Android 3.0 as well, but that could take even longer.

Until then, here’s a look at some shots from Google’s new tablet interface.

Home Screen (click to enlarge)

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Android 3.0’s home screen is customizable with dynamically updating widgets, app shortcuts, browser bookmarks and more. The top of the screen contains the “Action Bar,” which is persistent across every application and is used for accessing settings and housing dropdown menus, among other uses.

The bottom of the screen contains the “System Bar,” which serves up notifications and contains software-based navigation buttons. Android-based tablets won’t require hardware buttons, the idea being that you can rotate the screen any way you like and still have access to the tablet’s buttons at the bottom of the screen.

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