It’s been about a month since Google released the first Android 3.0 platform preview and SDK, giving developers the tools they needed to begin crafting apps for Honeycomb. With Motorola’s Xoom nearing arrival, Google has finalized these packages, settling in on the selection of API calls that will make up the official Honeycomb release. With these tools, developers can now finalize any projects they’ve been working on, with the knowledge that their apps will be compatible with the first Android 3.0 devices.
While Honeycomb lives on the outskirts of our smartphone world, its influence will drive the release of Android 2.4, and we’ll be looking to Android 3.0 apps to see how developers take advantage of the operating system’s new capabilities.
Some of the changes in this final SDK release include updates to the plugin used to develop custom UIs, improving rendering accuracy and offering more precise zoom control.
All the pieces are now in place for tablet-centric apps coming to the Android Market. Although this means more problems with incompatibility, we’re not rushing to judgement until we see whatever Google has in mind to segregate the Market and keep app searches relevant.