Almost two years ago, when even Android 1.5 Cupcake hadn’t been released yet, Russian über phone insider Eldar Murtazin labeled Android 2.0 “pretty sad”, but version 3.0 of the platform “fantastic”. Apparently, Eldar dropped those comments after having viewed closed demos of Honeycomb as it looked back then at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Maybe it was just something he said, since it’s very unlikely that the vision of Honeycomb two years ago closely matches the finished rendition today. Especially considering that the guy who’s currently driving the interface design for Honeycomb, Matias Duarte, first joined Google about six months ago. However, it’s a fact that Google works on several Android versions simultaneously, and either way – Eldar was right, because Android 3.0 indeed looks fantastic.
Here are all the best Honeycomb introduction, demo, preview and promo videos that were released during CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas earlier this week. I recommend that you watch the final video as well: it’s a very interesting interview with Andy Rubin regarding Honeycomb and tablets. In my opinion, Android 3.0 almost seems too good. I’m geeked out, and I’m definitely getting a Tegra 2 powered Honeycomb tablet this spring.