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Honeycomb promises to hot up tablet PC race


Earlier this week, Google unveiled its Android 3.0 operating system code-named ‘Honeycomb.' It has since received positive buzz across online geek forums for what many see as the open source operating system that will help Android Tablet PCs challenge Apple's iPad, the undisputed market leader now, which runs on its proprietary operating system.

Technology writers, who were invited to the Google headquarters at Mountain View, California, on February 2, were among the first to get an in-depth view of Android's Honeycomb eco-system. It has come across as operating system built from scratch with the new form factor of tablet PCs in mind. Most of the widely followed technology blogs have already given it their thumbs-up.

The first of the tablet PCs sporting Honeycomb, Motorola's Xoom, is expected to hit the retail markets soon.

Huge leap

The predominant verdict is that not only has Honeycomb been a huge leap over the previous versions of Android OS, which, to be fair, have been designed for smartphones running on much lower specifications. It also comes across as a good introduction to the Android ecosystem, in ease of use. It also supports multi-tasking, among many other new experiences.

Hardware specifications

The new OS also seems to have been designed keeping in mind the advanced hardware specifications that most Android tablet PCs set to hit the markets world over through the year are expected to sport. Motorola's Xoom tablet PC, previewed at the CES event in Vegas last month, is one such device with fairly advanced specifications: it has a dual core processor as its CPU and full HD support. In many ways, Honeycomb is seen as the OS that would help the Android tablets compete with the next version of iPad.

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