We’ve seen Android 3.0 Honeycomb on tablets, but we haven’t heard much about how it’ll work on smartphones. Engadget filmed an interview with Matias Duarte, head of interface and design for Android, and from the interview we’ve learned a bit about how Honeycomb is going to work on smartphones. The video is below, but here’s a summary in case you don’t want to view the 25 minute interview:
- Buttonless phones: Matias confirmed that Honeycomb for smartphones, like the tablet version, will provide a system for virtual button controls so that an OEM doesn’t need to include the typical Android buttons. Imagine the sleek devices we’ll see without the clutter of buttons.
- Multitasking: Admitting that the tap-and-hold method of the home key in Android is a bit slow, Matias contended that the new way of multitasking on Honeycomb for tablets (where one tap brings you a live preview of your open applications) will be available on phones.
- Hidden Menus: Google knows that hidden menus are a huge problem in Android. Sometimes pressing the Menu button will bring up unobvious, yet often vital functions. In Honeycomb for both tablets and smartphones, the top application bar will be used to bring forth commonly used functions that were found in the Menu button options in previous versions of Android.