Android 3.0 Honeycomb Won’t Be Coming To A Smartphone Near You, Just For Tablets, Says Google


Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Google has confirmed that dreadful and unwanted news of Honeycomb not coming to your smartphone.  A company spokesman was asked the question whether or not Honeycomb 3.0 would make its way to handsets, Andrew Kovacs said “no…Google’s Android 3.0 or “Honeycomb” is a tablet-only OS, for now.”

It kind of makes sense though, doesn’t it?  According to various portions of the SDK, it was clear that some aspects of the source code was clearly optimized for larger form factors.  It raised numerous questions as to how this could possibly be delivered to handsets.

In an article by PC Magazine, Kovacs further states:

“The version of Honeycomb we’ve shown is optimized for tablet form factors….All of the UI changes are the future of Android. Yesterday’s event focused on tablet form factors, which is where you’ll first see Honeycomb.”

However, he did state, regarding smartphones, that “features will arrive on phones over time”.

Still, Android 3.0 certainly paves the way for features to arrive on Android 2.2 devices and subsequent followups. In addition to the browser enhancements, Gmail also has drag-and-drop folders. And then there’s Movie Studio, a new video-editing app that could be used in some way on smartphones that can capture video.
Then there is the issue regarding nomenclature.  The author raised the question that if Honeycomb is 3.0, what does this mean for smartphones running 2.x?  And what happens when they get to 2.9?  It seems as though, while one question was answered, a dozen more were conjured up.  Only time will tell, as they say.  But rest assured, Talk Android will be there to cover it all and inform the masses.  Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.
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About the Author: Joe Sirianni

Joe was born in New Jersey and spent most of his childhood moving around from state to state. He eventually made his way to Pennsylvania where he met his Portuguese beauty and made her his wife. He now has three great kids and full access to all of the Portuguese food he can eat. Joe's love for mobile technology began when he bought his first Palm Pilot, a Palm M130 and left it on top of his car, driving off, causing it to smash into a thousand pieces. Forced to buy a new device, he quickly discovered that specs were changing so rapidly he was buying a new device every six months just to keep up. Since then, he has constantly felt the need to have the latest and greatest. When the "smartphone" revolution began and integrating cell phones and PDA's was the norm, he quickly jumped to Windows Mobile for several years until the first Android device was launched, the T-Mobile G1. Joe began appreciating all of the free utilities Google provided and sold his soul (his precious data) to Google long before they got into the mobile OS business. So, there was no hesitation at all for him to jump on board and ride the Android train as an early adopter. And boy has it been a blast. Joe now works in the Engineering & Operations dept for a major mobile carrier where he remotely troubleshoots cell sites and loves being an Editor for TalkAndroid.


  • PacoBell

    A dozen questions? Really? Or it’s that just hyperbole?

  • Amey

    At least Google will get Ride of All Fragmentation for Android & then they may push for Android 3.0 or “Honeycomb” to Smartphones….

  • Rich

    They only say its just for tablets FOR NOW, that means it will come to phones later. Matthias Duarte already confirmed it in an interview with Engadget

  • battila

    What’s the problem? It was designed for tablets.
    There will be something else for mobiles later.

    Don’t panic!:)

  • http://none. Edgar

    I have a question about these tablets, PC and notebook world. How will the tablets affect the notebook and netbook sales? Will HP, Sony, Toshiba, and all these other companies begin to manufacture tablets?

  • Claudio

    im sure well get our mobile based honeycomb someday soon

  • http://www.weblogku.com Azam

    Thanks for the info.
    I think they should give the Android for Tablet another name instead of continuing with the version number…