Motorola Xoom: Android 3.0 Honeycomb Features Walkthrough

Whilst the Android 3.0 update has not yet been officially announced on the Android website, CES 2011 had a couple of devices that will be running on the platform. Android 3.0 Honeycomb has been dubbed as the platform for tablets.

The Motorola Xoom, which was voted the ‘best-in-show’ at the CES 2011 event so already it will have high expectations ahead of its release. Now we want to report to you some of the features seen on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS in conjunction with the Motorola Xoom.

The desktop is always a good place to start. There are 3 icons in the bottom left hand corner of the screen; these are a home button, multi-tasking and a back button. Of course, these are all touch responsive and aren’t actual physical buttons. Also, in the opposite corner of the screen you will find ‘Apps’, this is basically a shortcut so that you can see the apps menu. According to Pocket-lint’s Chris Hall, the desktop is customizable and he implies that it is in true Android style. You have 5 pages that you can change around as you want to for your desktop.

We mentioned above the buttons in the bottom left hand corner of the screen, most intriguingly the multi-tasking button. This is the most advanced we have seen multi-tasking on an Android device. When you click the button it gives you a list of the previous few things that you were doing.

Something else that looks really cool is the maps, it’s called Google Maps 5 and it has been written pretty much specifically for Android users on tablets and mobile devices. You can zoom in an out, rotate and then it can go into a 3D mode, which takes full advantage of the NVIDIA processor inside. Check the bottom of our article for a video that shows the desktop being used the Gmail optimization for a prototype Xoom device and also the Google Maps 5 application, which was mentioned over at tnerd.com. We think that this is a great device, but with all these cool features its surely not going to be cheap!

What do you think of Android’s Honeycomb 3.0 so far? What is on your feature wish list for Honeycomb? Let us know in the comments section below.