CES 2011: Google Launches Android 3.0 Tablet Optimized Operating System

Verizon and T-Mobile Among Carriers Showing New Android 3.0 Tablets

LAS VEGAS (CES) -- Google made official its new Android 3.0 mobile operating system, code-named Honeycomb, by posting a video on its site showing off the new OS following Verizon's LTE 4G Press Conference. At the press conference, Verizon demoed the new Motorola Xoom Tegra 2-based tablet. Android 3.0 is the first Android operating system optimized for the tablet and its bigger screen. Previously, Android Tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab used slightly modified phone versions of Android 2.2, which were not designed for tablets.

The new Android OS features tablet-optimized features and apps such as new tablet-optimized Gmail, Calendar and iBooks apps/widgets.The new Gmail app features a two column viewing mode with scrollable email boxes which allows users to scroll through their email without ever leaving the Home screen. The keyboard was also enhanced with a tablet-optimized touchscreen keyboard with a cleaner layout that utilizes the bigger screen real estate of the tablet's larger display area. Former Palm webOS design guru Matias Duarte, which Google hired recently as its new UX Director, played an integral part of the new OS versions design.

Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T have all announced new tablets that will be based on the new Android 3.0 OS. Google strategically timed the Android 3.0 reveal videos right after Verizon's LTE 4G Press Conference at CES. Android 3.0 brings Google even further into competition with Apple and its iPad and iPhones.

To see more, check out the new Google Android 3.0 video: