The Android Developers Blog just announced the availability of a "preview" of the upcoming Android 3.0 SDK. Developers can start getting their Honeycomb on immediately, as the preview is available via the Android SDK and AVD manager as part of the Android SDK.
But even more exciting is the fact that the Android Developers page has been updated with a plethora of information regarding Honeycomb and its features. Where to begin?
What You Can See
The brief breakdown of Honeycomb's new elements according to Google:
- New "holographic" UI
- Bottom "system bar" for global status and notifications
- Action bar for in-application controls
- Redesigned home screen customization
- Revamped "recent apps" menu
- New keyboard
- Improved text selection/copy/paste (multiselect, clipboard, and drag-and-drop)
- Streamlined USB file transferring
- Completely updated set of standard apps, including: Gmail, Calendar, Browser, Gallery, and Contacts
Under The Hood
Developers have reason to be hugely excited about Honeycomb, as it's bringing some major (awesome) changes to the Android OS.