Jan 06 AT 1:59 PM Nick Gray 18 Comments

A first look at Honeycomb and Google’s redesigned Android apps

While Motorola was the first to unveil their Android 3.0 XOOM Tablet, T-Mobile was the first to actually share some Android 3.0 love by releasing some “First Look” videos of several redesigned Google apps running on Honeycomb with their sneak peek of the upcoming T-Mobile G-Slate.

If you’ve been following all the Honeycomb news over the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen bits and pieces of the video clips below. T-mobile’s Android 3.0 videos show off the basic home screen UI, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Books, the new tabbed browser, and fully functional video chat with GTalk.

Talking with Motorola yesterday, we learned that the Android 3.0 SDK will be released within the coming weeks, though the first Honeycomb tablets will not be making their debut until mid February. Hopefully, Google will release the SDK far enough in advance that app developers have enough time to tweak their apps to take advantage of the new features offered inside Android 3.0.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • xray49er

    I want one

  • http://Website Steffen

    The new UI looks so good. Can’t wait to see what they did with the phone version.

  • http://Website Roger

    Now all we need is a Dual-Core tablet!!!

    • http://Website JSimp78

      Motorola Xoom, check it out.

  • MitchRapp81

    what “NEW” app are they talking about?

    Books is out already
    GTalk is already an app… they are just adding video chat.

    so… did I miss something?

    • http://Website Coolio

      The base apps aren’t exactly new, but they ARE redesigned for tablets

  • http://Website 542124

    i like gingerbread more

  • http://Website Tito!

    T-Mobile is always First to everything! :)

    • http://organizedfellow.com OrganizedFellow

      Actually NOT!
      T-Mobile barely made a presence at CES :(

      They introduced the Cliq2 and the G-Slate, but that’s it.
      I’m reading that other article next, “T-Mobile Doubling HSPA+ Speeds in 2011″ @ http://androinica.com/2011/01/06/t-mobile-doubling-4g-speeds-in-2011/

      Aside from Doubling the Speeds and the G-Slate, there’s not much to look forward to this year. Whereas AT&T and Verizon STOLE THE SHOW this year at CES.

      • http://www.squide.com squide

        Hopefully they get the LG Optimus 2X as well.

      • http://Website CTown

        T-Mobile was also at Dell’s Event when Dell announced that the Dell Streak 7 will becoming to T-Mobile.

  • http://Website Sir Arthur Winpe

    Man thats fugly…Google was lazy and now they present their next fragmentation devices. Screw honeycomb!

  • http://Website Nick Overstreet

    Wow, that thing is gorgeous.
    2 words: DO WANT!

  • http://www.squide.com squide

    I’m thoroughly impressed, and it looks like there will finally be a reason for me to use GTalk. Awesome job Android Team!

  • http://Website Hillary Clinton

    Honeycomb looks like dog turd.

    • http://Website Alex

      Seeing that your username is Hillary Clinton, you must look like a dog turd!

  • http://Website JT

    I like the look of it, I really like the native GTalk video chat. Hope my galaxy tab gets the upgrade.

  • http://Website Phil4

    Check ReChat (chat for android):
    - Facebook, Google Talk;
    - multiple accounts at once;
    - plain/bubble views. Customize avatar/font sizes.
    - font packs (download separate apk to keep memory).
    - full Unicode support;
    - favorites (always in contact list);
    - customize income message notification: default sound/your sound file, LED, vibration, status bar notification.
    - chat history. Export (email) selected messages, open chat messages, whole history for a contact, whole history for all contacts. Archive attachment with 7zip.

    Facebook features:
    - all non-chat permissions are revoked, customize period, “revoke now”.
    - upload image/short video (several share options)
    - send image/short video to a contact (private wall post).
    - send message to a contact (as a private event or private wall post).
    - set status message.

    Google Talk features:
    - showing total count of unread emails;
    - marking contacts with unread emails;
    - new email notification;
    - list of unread emails subjects (without content).