Android Honeycomb

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Android Honeycomb
Version of the Android operating system
Android 3.0 running on a Motorola Xoom
Initial releaseFebruary 22, 2011; 13 years ago (2011-02-22)
Final release3.2.6 / February 15, 2012; 12 years ago (2012-02-15)
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
LicenseProprietary software[1]
Preceded byAndroid 2.3.7 "Gingerbread"
Succeeded byAndroid 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich"
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Support status
Unsupported, Google Play Services support dropped since January 2017

Android Honeycomb is the codename for the third major version of Android, designed for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets, however has been unofficially ported to the Nexus One.[2] It is the eighth version of Android and is no longer supported. Honeycomb debuted with the Motorola Xoom in February 2011.[3][4] Besides the addition of new features, Honeycomb introduced a new so-called "holographic" user interface theme and an interaction model that built on the main features of Android, such as multitasking, notifications and widgets.[5][6]


New features introduced in Honeycomb include the following:

  • The Email and Contacts apps use a two-pane UI.
  • The Gallery app now lets users view albums and other collections in full-screen mode, with access to thumbnails for other photos in a collection.
  • The Browser app replaces browser windows with tabs, adds an incognito mode for anonymous browsing, and presents bookmarks and history in a unified view, among other features.
  • A redesigned keyboard to make entering text easier on large-screen devices such as tablets.
  • A Recent Apps view for multitasking.
  • Customizable home screens (up to five).

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  1. ^ Metz, Cade (March 24, 2011). "Steve Jobs vindicated: Google Android is not open". Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "Android Honeycomb Ported to the Nexus One!". February 21, 2011. Archived from the original on April 15, 2021.
  3. ^ "What is Android 3.0 Honeycomb? - Definition from". Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "Google announces Android 3.1, available on the Verizon Motorola Xoom today". Engadget. Engadget. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  5. ^ "The history of Android". Ars Technica. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  6. ^ John Brandon. "Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) review". TechRadar. Retrieved September 13, 2015.

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