Android 3.0 Honeycomb Gives Apple iPad Competition

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 01-31-2011 Print
Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously denounced Android as unable to compete with the iPad, but Android 3.0 Honeycomb could raise tablet competition to a new level.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously (or infamously, depending on your point of view) lashed out against Google Android tablets during his company's October earnings call, denouncing them as incapable of competing with the iPad.

The "painful lesson," Jobs told analysts and media listening to that call, would come when competing tablet makers realized their tablets were too small, "abandoning developers and customers who jumped on the 7-inch bandwagon."

And that was just one salvo. "I have a hard time imagining what those [competing] strategies are," Jobs said, responding to an analyst's question about rival tablets setting to challenge the iPad throughout 2011. "We think Android is very, very fragmented, and becoming more fragmented by the day."

Welcome to Google's counter-fire: Android 3.0, code-named Honeycomb, which the search-engine giant will preview for media Feb. 2 at its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters.

Honeycomb has been designed with larger screens in mind, including a retooled, tablet-friendly virtual keyboard and a brand-new system bar along the bottom of the screen. Google has also tinkered with the Web browser, which now offers tabbed browsing for multiple Web windows, and support for 3D graphics.

For more, read the eWeek article: Apple iPad Faces Risks from Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

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