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The Honeycomb Logo.

For other uses, see Honeycomb (disambiguation).

Android 3.0 (otherwise known as Honeycomb) was released on the 22 February 2011. Its predecessor was Android 2.3 Gingerbread and its successor was Android 3.1 Honeycomb. The first device featuring this version, the Motorola Xoom tablet, was released on 24 February 2011. Changes are listed below.

Linux Kernel

Android 3.0 is based on Linux kernel 2.6.36, which is a bugfix of earlier 2.6 versions.

Improvements in 3.0

  • Optimized tablet support with a new virtual and “holographic” user interface
  • Added System Bar, featuring quick access to notifications, status, and soft navigation buttons, available at the bottom of the screen
  • Added Action Bar, giving access to contextual options, navigation, widgets, or other types of content at the top of the screen
  • Multitasking support - tapping Recent Apps in the System Bar allows users to see snapshots of the tasks underway and quickly jump from one app to another
  • Redesigned keyboard, making typing fast, efficient and accurate on larger screen sizes
  • Simplified, more intuitive copy/paste interface
  • Multiple browser tabs replacing browser windows, plus form auto-fill and a new “incognito” mode allowing anonymous browsing
  • Quick access to camera exposure, focus, flash, zoom, front-facing camera, time-lapse, and more
  • Ability to view albums and other collections in full-screen mode in Gallery, with easy access to thumbnails for other photos
  • New two-pane Contacts UI and Fast Scroll to let users easily organize and locate contacts
  • New two-pane Email UI to make viewing and organizing messages more efficient, allowing users to select one or more messages
  • Support for video chat using Google Talk
  • Hardware acceleration
  • Support for multi-core processors
  • Ability to encrypt all user data
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