Honeycomb - Android3.0 for tablet devices - Google Android


Google will be holding a press event next Wednesday, February 2, at its Mountain View headquarters to show off Android Honeycomb, the company’s tablet-optimized OS.

The stage presentations will begin at 10:00 a.m. PT. Google is calling it the event “A Taste of What’s New from Android.”

What is Android - HoneyComb?

Honeycomb is the next version of the Android platform, designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. We’ve spent a lot of time refining the user experience in Honeycomb, and we’ve developed a brand new, truly virtual and holographic user interface. Many of Android’s existing features will really shine on Honeycomb: refined multi-tasking, elegant notifications, access to over 100,000 apps on Android Market, home screen customization with a new 3D experience and redesigned widgets that are richer and more interactive. We’ve also made some powerful upgrades to the web browser, including tabbed browsing, form auto-fill, syncing with your Google Chrome bookmarks, and incognito mode for private browsing.

The Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS will be built for both mobile phones and tablets, but speaking truly as the reports have it will be the first Android version that’ll be built for the tablets specifically. The Honeycomb as we have said will come with an improved user interface, a clear app page and a new email interface, which could resemble the Gmail app for the iPad, where in the landscape mode, the inbox is displayed on the left side of the tablet’s screen while the message occupies the rest of the space on the right. Besides the aforementioned feature there’s a solid belief suggesting that the video chat facility, which may have been missed in the Gingerbread, could find place in the forthcoming Honeycomb.


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Google Offers as competitor for Groupon - Google Launching

After spurning Google’s offer, Groupon had to be expecting today’s news. We doubt Groupon would have rejected Google’s offer if it didn’t have a plan for competing with Google. While I admit that is my own hypothesis, Mason has proven more than capable of predicting major technology and business trends. I think it’s a safe bet to say that Groupon is prepared for (and not scared of) Google’s entry in its market.

Groupon :

Groupon also has a huge head start, thanks to its massive sales force, home-grown name recognition and $1+ billion in funding. CEO Andrew Mason and his team have proven that they can outperform the competition, despite having a product that can be easily copied. Google, on the other hand, has yet to prove that it can build a successful social product.

The group-buying giant is also diversifying. It recently launched Groupon Stores, a self-serve deal platform so that businesses can create their own stores. It also released the Deal Feed to combat deal saturation.

Google Offers :

Google Offers is a new product to help potential customers and clientele find great deals in their area through a daily email.

For Google, the daily deals market is all about developing a stronger local advertiser network. Here’s what I said when the news about Google’s $6 billion offer to Groupon first broke:

“If Google goes through with the biggest purchase in the company’s history, it will have the upper hand in local business advertising. That advantage could be so great that the courts stop this acquisition from ever happening. That’s why Google wants Groupon so badly that it’s willing to overpay by billions; if all goes according to plan, the search giant will be flooded with so much local advertising revenue that it will be able to buy a dozen Groupons.”

Google already has a major advertising network through AdWords and AdSense, but it isn’t focused on local. Still, it’s a very good starting point for launching a daily deals business. By integrating daily deals into its advertising network, Google can quickly and easily gain exposure with businesses. In fact, it probably could get enough local businesses to sign up just through word of mouth.

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