Google held an event today to talk about Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb and the Android Market. There weren’t a ton of surprises, but we did get a better look at the Honeycomb interface designed for tablets, and Google did announced some Market changes that are going to make life a bit easier for Android developers and users.
Here are some of the highlights:
- Honeycomb’s tablet tweaks include: support for video chat in Google Talk, a new notification platform, “app fragments” that allow you to do things like view Gmail in 2 panes in landscape and 1 pane in portrait, and 3D graphics improvements.
- Google launched a web store for the Android Market today, and will soon let developers accept in-app payments and set specific prices in different currencies.
- Disney announced that one the in-app purchase platform is ready, it will bring Tap Tap Revenge and other titles to Android.
While Honeycomb is designed as the first version of Android to support tablets, Google’s making it pretty clear that the platform will also support smartphones. What’s more, many apps that have been designed for smartphones should work with Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets, despite the differences in screen resolution.