The next-gen version of Android has been fully revamped for tablets, so Google wants developers to crack on with their apps
Google has released a preview of the Android 3.0 'Honeycomb' SDK, allowing developers to start rebuilding their apps for the upcoming wave of Android-powered tablets.
Android 3.0 is itself a redesigned version of Google's smartphone OS specifically for tablets, complete with a new 'holographic' user interface theme, and a number of new features.
From a developer point of view, highlights of the new SDK include a tablet-friendly UI framework to make their apps usable on bigger screens; graphical features for adding visual affects and tapping into hardware acceleration; support for dual-core processors; new connectivity APIs including Bluetooth audio streaming; and new multimedia features.
Meanwhile, Google has published a Platform Highlights page on its website to showcase Android 3.0's new features for consumers. The company stresses that developers won't be able to publish their Honeycomb apps on Android Market until the final 3.0 SDK is released "in the weeks ahead".