Earlier this week, Google offered the first real taste of Honeycomb. Though we'd previously seen short video clips and images, it wasn't until Tuesday's event that we were able to see Android 3.0 in action.
Watching the live demonstrations, I could envision thousands of Galaxy Tab owners glancing at their tablets, wondering if or when it will see Honeycomb. And, of course I'm sure that plenty of Android phone customers are hoping to get the same experience. But will Honeycomb end up on smartphones? Or is it a tablet-only platform? The answer is somewhere in between.
Though a Google spokesman told PCMag yesterday that Honeycomb was only for tablets, he also said that some features from the update "will arrive on phones over time."
Looking at the official Honeycomb features page on the Android blog, we can see that Honeycomb is "specifically optimized for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets." Considering how much data (widgets, folders, and shortcuts) you can place on the desktop, it's pretty obvious you won't be able to do the same on a 4-inch display. Yet, that's not to say we won't end up with the enhanced notifications or a persistent action bar on our handsets.
While a lot of Honeycomb's focus is on getting the overall user experience to feel more natural and intuitive, there are a few features that bring added functionality to Android. For example, it's hard to imagine Google keeping video chat restricted to tablets. And the same goes for the redesigned keyboard and improved copy and paste options. … Read more