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Last Updated: April 24th, 2011

While browsing the XOOM xda forum today, I saw this announcement of HoneyReader, a new application built specifically with Honeycomb tablets in mind. Because it doesn't have to support pre-Honeycomb versions of the OS or small-sized phone screens altogether, the authors concentrated on making it a great tablet experience, and I must say, their first take is pretty good.

HoneyReader uses the native to Honeycomb Fragments API that on the surface translates to fluid and flexible UI elements that can divide the screen into separately scrollable independent areas with their own lifecycles. If you're familiar with the CNN app, for example, you know what I'm talking about (I personally think the Fragments API is the greatest thing in Android since... well, Android).

The app integrates with Google Reader, and its latest version no longer asks for your Google username and password, instead using the proper flow and simply prompting you to approve access to Google credentials stored in Android.

HoneyReader's main UI consists of a matrix grid of subscriptions (feeds), all of which you can see by scrolling sideways. Individual items in each feed can be seen by scrolling vertically. Additionally, you can customize the font size used in each feed column, thus creating a pretty unique UI, having the things you value more show up in a more prominent way. Such a UI wouldn't work very well on smaller screens, but looks and feels quite good on tablets.

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Other feed readers, such as Pulse, support Honeycomb as well, but because they have to keep phone interfaces in mind, none of them look and behave like HoneyReader (with Newsr being a notable exception).

To see exact how the current version of HoneyReader works, it's best to watch the following video recorded by the creators:

So, +1 for the Honeycomb app club. At this rate, we'll reach 50 dedicated apps soon :-/ Come on, Google, isn't it time for ADC 3 dedicated to tablets?

Source: xda

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Chris Stewart

    Newsr was built for Honeycomb, as it only runs on Honeycomb.

    • David C

      Yea, Newsr came out before this and even was featured on the Android Market.

  • Stuart

    I think the reason there aren't many Honeycomb apps available is purely down to the lack of tablets out there, why would a new developer create something just for an OS version that is still a very small market and likely to see very small returns.

    There are a whole lot more Android phones out there that they could develop an app for in the way Pulse was that cos be used on both platforms and would mean more yield. I think I'm just stating the obvious here.

    I'm waiting for the Galaxy Tab 8.9 to come out and would love more HC specific apps to be available by then.

  • Bradley P James

    This is crap! Tried it, refunded immediately. Formatting was bad but not the real problem. This app can't handle a news feed of any size.... Alpha at best, not worth a cent. Newsr is a much better app and built for Honeycomb! You should try these apps before wasting peoples time!

  • Tyler

    hopefully everything get all the bugs sorted out by the end of the year .. than ill re-buy the Xoom or a better tablet.

  • http://samsunggalaxys2blog.com/ Bebeok

    dont care rss reader, just direct reading

  • Audie

    BeyondPod had a beta version for Tablets that is very promising. I think that it will only be a matter of time before other apps get ported to the Android tablet platform.