Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb isn’t due out until next year, but Android boss Andy Rubin gave a sneak peek at the OS at D: Dive into Mobile last night. The operating system will be optimized to run not just on smartphones, but also on tablets with larger displays, and Rubin showed how the Gmail app will look on the larger screen: It will have a two-pane view, with a message list on the left and the message you’re reading on the right, which is pretty much how the iPad Mail app works.

As for the Motorola Tablet, Rubin didn’t spill a lot of details, but he did say that it has a dual core NVIDIA chip. Odds are that’s an NVIDIA Tegra chip, although it’s not clear if the tablet will launch with the latest 1GHz Tegra 2 processor or one of the company’s upcoming chips.

The tablet doesn’t appear to have any physical buttons for Home, Back, Search, or Menu, which sets it apart from most Android devices I’ve seen. Rubin says part of the thinking behind removing the buttons is that you can hold the tablet in landscape or portrait mode without having to deal with buttons that move to the side. Instead, the buttons have been moved to a software bar which can disappear when you’re not using it.

You can check out a video of Rubin’s interview after the break.

via All Things D, CrunchGear, and Engadget

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5 replies on “Google shows off Motorola Tablet, Android 3.0”

  1. this thing is like 10,000 dollars… yeah wright bro. like 200 bucks at dealextreme 🙂

  2. 404 Error it’s exactly what you are !

    Move on, grow up and move to next generation. People is already buying them, market is already there. It’s not a computer, right, but who care !

    Absolutly, you’re out of business. Just, i hope you take the train before it’ll leave or you’re going to live together with Cobol programmers !

  3. Oh good. Another piece of junk called a tablet. Brad is right that these are just big phones. Sorry but smartphones have a come along way over the years but so have computers. Even today’s very powerful phone is a joke compared to today’s most powerful computer. Who cares if phone hardware seems similar to computer hardware. The software is all that matters and todays smartphones run the worst operating systems ever and rely on an awful ecosystem of half-baked app and free (meaning worthless) services. If phone companies really expected people to be dumb enough to buy and use these things then either they’re all going to go out of business or computer will end up not being worth having because you won’t be able to do anything with thim beyond feed your addictions and isolations.

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