Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Honeycomb, All Tablet Android 'Mandatory Use'

Asus Eee Transformer Pad tablet will be one of the first - if not the very first - that presents a tablet with Honeycomb Android operating system.
Before discussing further about these devices, let's first peek like what Honeycomb.

Since the first screen, Honeycomb immediately show the difference. Minimus Android OS comes with typical layout tablets.

In general, Honeycomb main screen is divided into three areas: system bar, action bar and the main screen.

Bar System

System bar is an area at the bottom of the screen that includes the main keys, notification and status.

The main button is the Back, Home and Recent Apps. Android users would already be familiar with the Back button and Home, each useful to 'return to the previous screen' (back) and displays the Home Screen.

Well, the Recent Apps is a new button in the Honeycomb that allows you to display just a few applications that the user accessed. If the touch (tap) will show the last five applications open, complete with his last name and the thumbnail view.

On the right side of the Bar System is the location for the notification and status. Do not get out of this section is the display clock. Then there is the battery status and connectivity (eg, WiFi, Bluetooth or other).

Another notification appears is related to the application. For example, if the title of the new messages into Gmail, it would appear there. This area also will feature such things as the status of downloading applications from the Android Market.

Action Bar

Action bar at the top of the screen and is transparent. On the Home Screen, this section displays the Google Search (complete with Voice Search button), Apps button (to display a list of applications) as well as the + button to set the display of the Home Screen.

When running the application, this area can be context-sensitive menu will display the currently running applications.

In the default browser, this area became the tabs and menus. On the Market, this area could contain a search box, shortcuts to My Apps Apps to category being viewed.

Home Screen

The main part of Honeycomb is the screen size. Honeycomb appearance seemed more relieved than the previous Android. In addition to the Asus screen Transformer, this is because the resolution supported by a 'honeycomb' is indeed larger.

Home Screen on Honeycomb can be filled by various widgets and shortcuts to applications. The arrangement is based on the grid, so it looks more tidy.

Another interesting feature of Android is Live Wallpaper. On Honeycomb, Live Wallpaper also available with a more indulgent eye effect.

Live Wallpaper which was tested on Asus Transformer this is My Maps and Water. Maps will display a map of the location of the user with data from Google Maps.

While My Water will display the surface of the water with chunks of ice floating on it. Surface water will be skewed according to the position of the tablet, while the water levels reflect the status of the device battery.

To set the Widget, Shortcuts, Wallpaper and other users can touch the + button at the top right of the Home Screen or Home Screen touch the blank area for some time.


Android Market: One of the most significant application changes is the Android Market. This time it looks equipped with a main screen that shows some application of choice at the top.
Android Market will automatically display the estimated price of an application

Browser: As I had mentioned, the browser Honeycomb has a multi-tab display. Some of its features including the 'Incognito' alias browsing without a recorded history.

Because of relatively recent, yet too many applications for Honeycomb is available. Some applications are quite capable fill the screen, including the series of the popular game that Angry Birds.

But quite a lot of applications that seem odd because it does not support a large screen resolution. This resulted in the application appears as a small box in the middle / edge of a black screen.

But not to worry, that problem will be solved anyway, if more and more developers are developing applications for Honeycomb.


Although time is relatively short  Honeycomb tasting, the impression of this usage is enough to conclude that any tablets Android will enter the market at least have to use the Android OS Honeycomb.

From the side view, the features and comfort Honeycomb appears as the ideal OS. Surely must be supported by a capable hardware capabilities, one thing that has been met by Asus Transformer.


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