Official: Google to debut Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) on Feb 2

Finally, Google have officially put a date to the launch of the latest version of Google Android, its popular operating system for mobile phones and tablet devices.

The search engine giant is planning to launch Android 3.0, codenamed “Honeycomb”, on the 2nd of February 2011, at a special event in its headquarters, according to an announcement by the company.

On Friday, Jan 28, Google sent out invitations to journalists for their special event. The invitation also includes the new logo for the operating system – an Android-like honeybee. Honeycomb launch will pave way for the emerge of several tablets running on this platform, with the new version including a number of exclusive enhancements that make it just as ideal for tablet PCs as it has been for phones.

In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, and wonder what the new version brings to the table compared to previous Android releases, here’s a quick list:

  • Totally revamped User Interface specially designed for all types of devices
  • High-performance 2D and 3D graphics
  • Multiple home-screens
  • Support for multi-core processor architectures
  • Redesigned widget gallery
  • Brand new multimedia features
  • New types of connectivity
  • Enhancements for enterprise
  • A new web browser styled after Google Chrome
  • Built-in Google eBooks application with flipping animations
  • New and improved Gmail Application with special focus on tablet devices
  • Google Talk with video chat support (works on all OSes!)

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