Yesterday, Google gave everyone their real first good look at Android 3.0, their new OS designed specifically for as Google puts it “devices with larger screen sizes”. For now that pretty much means tablets, but I suppose it could expand to other things like web connected TV’s and such. When Google was asked if Android 3.0 would come to smartphones they replied that it would not, but certain features would arrive on phones over time.
Google has built Android 3.0 from the ground up to run on tablets, specifically to take advantage of the extra screen space and several features just wouldn’t translate well to the much smaller screens found on phones. But there are some features in 3.0 that could really enhance the current experience on Android 2.2 devices such as improved browser functionality, Gmail folder drag-and-drop and a new video editing application called Movie Studio that could possible help folks put a little more production on their mobile vids before posting to the web.
So far though early reports that Motorola’s Xoom tablet running Android 3.0 looks like it will finally present a worthy challenge to the iPad, though until we get our hands on it we can’t confirm. Oh yeah, in case you couldn’t be there to see the reveal live, Google has posted the entire 52 minute event on YouTube. Here’s a tip, skip to the middle.